At Mr. Kelly’s at Berger Park

At MR. KELLY’s – If you enjoy local theater productions, make sure you see “At Mister Kelly’s” – at Berger Park on Sheridan Rd. Chicago

Q-Tips say: A well directed play about Mr. Kelley’s, a tiny supper club, that was located at 1028 N. Ruch St. from 1957 to 1975 where artists entered the stage from the kitchen and sat only 150 people. So many famous people performed there when they were just starting the careers – singers & comedy acts. .Anita O’Day, Phyllis Diller, Julie London, Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow, Mel Torme, Cass Elliott Bette Midler, Sara Vaughn, Miriam Mikeba, Natalie Cole, Mort Sahl, Bob Newhart, Flip Wilson, & Bill Cosby – before what we know about him now, along with the history of Mr. Kelly’s. Kudos to Watson Swift for taking on the role of this controversial comedian.

Yes, you get to see them all along w/ a 3 member band and good lighting, set design and a very talented cast-everyone of them. For this production they do offer patrons wine /beer- $5.00 ea, or tap water. Obviously they don’t serve dinner.

Mrs. Q says: Can’t say enough about how we enjoyed “Mr. Kelly’s” – w/be at Berger, I was told, as of now, a full month. Some of the songs that were sung were songs that they performed at the beginning of their careers, so I was not real familiar w/ some of them- but still enjoyed. If time permits, see it, think you will enjoy Mr. Kelly’s – no sex, violence, or nudity- what a refreshing change from some of the performers we see today.

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