Jennifer Hudson, Renée Fleming, Christine Ebersole Heading to Ravinia Festival | Playbill

Cabaret & Concert News Jennifer Hudson, Renée Fleming, Christine Ebersole Heading to Ravinia Festival The 2019 festival runs May 31 through September 15 with concerts, live screenings, and more.
Jennifer Hudson, Renée Fleming, and Christine Ebersole

The Ravinia Festival returns to Chicago’s Highland Park this summer with a lineup that includes a handful of Broadway and opera favorites. The lineup kicks off May 31 with jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis, joined by Tony nominee Ann Hampton Callaway, Earth, Wind & Fire’s Philip Bailey, and the John Pizzarelli Trio.

Among those taking the stage later in the summer are Tony nominee Josh Groban, who brings his Bridges tour to the venue June 7; Oscar and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson, who will appear with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as part of the Ravinia Women’s Board Gala July 14; Tony nominee Renée Fleming in the Chicago premiere of André Previn and Tom Stoppard’s Penelope July 28; soprano Angel Blue, soon to star in the Metropolitan Opera’s Porgy and Bess, August 8; and two-time Tony winner Christine Ebersole and Michael Feinstein August 29.

Additional highlights include a trio of Leonard Bernstein-related offerings: a live screening of West Side Story with CSO July 12, Tony winner Paulo Szot singing Bernstein’s Mass July 20, and a concert presentation of Candide featuring Miles Mykkanen and Sharleen Joynt August 28.

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