April 21, 2021

Charles Troy, Great American Songbook historian

I had heard the name Charles Troy within the Chicago Cabaret community for quite some time, but it wasn’t until recently that I got to meet him and see him later that week in performance.

Was I ever impressed! Charles does impeccable research and puts together video/lecture presentations that make use of projected lyrics, historic video, recordings and photos coupled with his polished speaking ability to relate the stories behind the songs.
His topics run the gamut from Broadway shows and movies to individual composers and lyricists with the Great American Songbook being the linchpin of his creations.

On occasion, he has guest singers that add a couple of “live” numbers to his shows. Vocalist Jeff Dean guested in the recent Troy show on George M. Cohan; Judy Rossignuolo-Rice and Bernie Rice will guest star in Troy’s program, “Jerome Kern and the Birth of the American Musical” on October 7 at Skokie Theater, 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm show times.

If you have not seen him yet, do yourself a favor and check out one of his shows. Like me, you just may become one of his new groupies.

Here are some of his other upcoming shows:

Boy Meets Girl/Boy Kills Boy/Girl Goes Mad, September 2 at 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm, Skokie Theatre, 7924 N. Lincoln Avenue, Skokie. $15.

The Creation of Oklahoma!, September 9, 6:30 pm. Aurora Public Library, Santorini Library, 101 S. River Street, Aurora. Free.

Cole Porter’s Great Depression, September 25 at 10 am. North Shore Senior Center, 161  Northfield Road, Northfield, IL. $15 non-members. (He presented this show in June at the annual Cole Porter Festival in Peru, Indiana.)

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