I Left My Heart: A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett | Mercury Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

I Left My Heart: A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater) Image

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through March 5 2017

Despite the subtitle of this 80-minute jazz cabaret, it's got almost nothing to do with Tony Bennett. Amid scattered, insupportable hyperbole (Bennett's penchant for singing "Fly Me to the Moon" off-mike in his concerts "proves" he's "one of the world’s greatest singers"), cocreators David Grapes and Todd Olson include scant, perfunctory biographical information about the singer. The 34 standards, strung together concert style, never illustrate Bennett’s life, style, or cultural contributions. The show is ultimately an evening of songs recorded by any number of crooners during the last 70 years. Director Kevin Bellie rearranges his three singers—Jim DeSelm, Robert Hunt, and Evan Tyrone Martin—and their microphone stands every few minutes, but struggles to elicit much that's personal from their technically admirable singing. —Justin Hayford

Price: $30-$45, $30-$40 seniors, $30 students

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