Avalon Regal Theater (1645 East 79th St, Chicago, IL)
This album contains some advertisements and newspaper articles which promoted shows that played at the Avalon Regal Theater, which is located at 1645 East 79th…
Promotional Ad for the Premiere Chicago Production of the Sounds of Blackness' "The Night Before Christmas - a musical fantasy," which performed from December 3 thru 12, 1993 at the New Regal Theater (now called the Avalon Regal Theater). Gary Hines directed the production, which starred Gregory Sears as the narrator.
A Stagebill Article, circa 1990, from when Jonathan Abarbanel interviewed Bettiann and Edward G. Gardner about what inspired them to purchase and restore the Avalon Theater four years before, and transform it into a Performing Arts Center. Also discussed in the interview were the challenges the Gardners' faced gaining support from local businesses as well as their memories of the original Regal Theater (formerly located at 47th Street and Martin Luther King Jr Drive).
1988 Chicago Tribune publication photo of the Regal Theater's new (at the time) mural "Bright Moments, Memories of the Future" by Calvin Jones and Michael Caton. It struck me as odd as to why parking lot beneath the mural is referred to as a play area for kids. A patch of slowly drying pavement at a newly restored venue, mural or no mural, might pale in comparison to district-funded playground equipment.
Promotional Ad for the Premiere Chicago Production of David E. Talbert's gospel stageplay (a genre which frequented the Regal most often during its years of operation) called "He Say, She Say, but what does God Say?" Which had an original booking at the Regal Theater from March 19 thru 24, 1996, but ticket sales and popular demand caused the show to be held over thru March 31, 1996. Kirk Franklin starred in this production.
This is a newspaper article dated June 19, 1991 from the Chicago Defender during what must have been a trying time for Mr and Ms. Gardner, who owned the Regal at the time, as the Regal was boasted to be non-profit But finally, they had to ask local CEOs for financial help. One CEO pledged $10,000. Though, since the Regal went on to be host to mostly Gospel stage plays with sporadic attendance, it is doubtful if the investors held much hope for any reimbursment
Newspaper Articles from when 33 year old mortgage broker Andre L Holden was shot to death in a parked car right in front of the Avalon Regal Theater in February of 2003. Incidentally, the New Regal Theater (as it was called then) closed down the following July.
Promotional Ad from the 1988 Premiere Chicago Production of the Maurice Hines musical "Harlem Suite" at the New Regal Theater (now called the Avalon Regal Theater). Maurice Hines and Stephanie Mills starred in the production. Though this ad says the production ran from October 19 thru 23, 1988, it was extended due to popular demand to November 27th of that year.
Theatre Review from the 2003 Chicago Tryout Production of the Jackie Taylor / Black Ensemble Theatre biographical musical "The Jackie Wilson Story," which performed from January 24 thru 27, 2003 at the New Regal Theater. Melba Moore and Chester Gregory II starred in the production.
Theatre Review for the LaMar Cardenas' gospel musical "Final Word," which performed December 3 thru 7, 1996 at the New Regal Theater. As the article states, the musical's structure itself is a "journey through all 66 books in the bible." The characters are a family named the Johnsons -- "a preacher, a dead drug-dealing son, a bisexual daughter and, a long suffering mother." William Becton Karen Clark Sheard , Burrell Bailey were cast members. HIV was a theme of one of the scenes.
Promotional Ad from the 1990 Chicago Concert production of "The Legendary Ladies of the Blues." Etta James and Ruth Brown were fearured performers. This concert was presented by The House of Seagram at the New Regal Theater ( today called the Avalon Regal Theater).
Promotional Ad from the 1993 Premiere Chicago Production of the August Wilson drama "Two Trains Running," which, after about one month of performances at the Goodman Theatre, transfered to the New Regal Theater (now called the Avalon Regal Theatsr) for one and a half weeks.