Lettin’ the Good Times Roll
11/15/2017, noon | Updated on 11/15/2017, noon
E. Faye Butler’s entertainment career spans over 39 years. She is an actress-singer with an extraordinary gift for capturing an audience in the palms of her hands. Ms. Butler performs in theaters, concert halls, nightclubs and cabarets. Her catalogue of theater performances includes Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage, Victory Gardens, Northlight Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Congo Square, Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre, Court Theater, Baltimore’s Center Stage and many more.
A multiple award-winning performer, Ms. Butler has garnered honors that include six Joseph Jefferson Awards, two Helen Hayes Awards, R.A.M.I. Award, John Barrymore Award, Ovation Award, Sarah Siddons Leading Lady Award, After Dark Award, Excellence in the Arts, four Black Theatre Alliance Awards, Lunt-Fontaine
Fellowship, Kathryn V. Lampkey Award, Rosetta LeNoire Award, The Guy Adkins Award for the Advancement of Music Theatre in Chicago and induction into the Women in the Arts Museum in Washington, D.C.
Seven much sought-after musicians from diverse musical backgrounds will play an integral role in delivering the authentic cabaret sound. With successful musical careers that have resulted in each of them playing with
top named headliners all over the world, these musicians were hand-selected to join Felicia and E. Faye for this spectacular production. All of the musicians currently reside in Chicago. They are:
Frank L. Menzies, music director and piano/keyboards –has toured the globe performing and theatre credits include Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple, Dreamgirls and countless other performances. Frank currently serves as Director of Instrumental Music at Jones College Prep in Chicago and has recently toured as Music Director with vocalist Tina Brown.
Jeremiah Hunt, bass – is one of the most sought after bassists in Chicago and has worked with Wycliffe Gordon, John Clayton, Gordon Goodwin, Rick Baptist & Ron McCurdy and producer Randy Jackson (American Idol) and released his first album with fusion funk group ‘The Main Squeeze’
Charles R. Heath, IV, drums – is the drummer for piano jazz legend, Ramsey Lewis, and prior to that was the principle drummer for Oprah Winfrey’s & Quincy Jones’ first national tour of The Color Purple and has performed and recorded with Earth, Wind and Fire, Dee Dee Bridgewater and The Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Joey Woolfalk, guitar – has played and recorded with such epic artists as Beyoncé & Destiny’s Child, Sheila E, Mary J Blige, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Holliday and Al Jareau.
Rajiv Halim, saxophone – A composer and educator who has performed at venues and festivals around the world and has performed and recorded with artists such as Jennifer Hudson, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves and Chance The Rapper on Chance’s Grammy Award-winning album “Coloring Book”.
Ron Haynes, trumpet/vocals – Studied under jazz great Donald Byrd and had collaborated with the late Bernie Mac writing and arranging horn parts for his tours. Ron has also worked with Chaka Khan, Brian McKnight, George Duke; Sheila E and toured with the Ohio Players.
Norman Palm, trombone – has shared the stage with music superstars such as Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The O’Jays, Wynton Marsalis, James Moody, Kurt Elling among many others and studied at Roosevelt University.