Live, in-person in the Marx Theatre! Broadway star and recording artist Chester Gregory expertly honors the legends of Rock and Soul. The star of Motown: The Musical, Hairspray, and Dreamgirls won acclaim for his outstanding portrayal of Jackie Wilson in The Jackie Wilson Story. In concert, Gregory offers his considerable talents to the music of Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, James Brown, and more. The New York Times exclaims Gregory is "jaw dropping" and "over flowingly charismatic." Featuring a sensational band, hit songs include "I Got You (I Feel Good)," "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," and "My Girl." Presented by Artists Lounge Live.
The safety and well-being of our patrons, artists and staff is our top priority. As a gathering permitted by the State of Ohio and the City of Cincinnati, the Marx Theatre seating has been reduced for proper social distancing to a maximum of 30-percent
capacity. Face masks are required at all times. To read more about our comprehensive safety measures and policies, visit our Health & Safety page.
The show will run approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.
Read about accessibility for Higher and Higher below, and visit our accessibility page for
more general information.
• Our venue is wheelchair-accessible, and this performance has wheelchair seating available. • Accessible parking is available. Parking is free for this performance, and is first-come, first-served.
• The Marx Theater is equipped with an infrared hearing enhancement system. Receivers can be picked up from a House Manager once inside the theatre. All receivers are cleaned and sanitized before and after use.
• This performance will not be signed or audio-described, so please only attend if you are able to enjoy the show without these services.
About the Artist
Chester Gregory is an award-winning Broadway veteran and recording artist. The New York Times calls him, "jaw dropping...over flowingly charismatic," stating “Gregory has the audience eating out of the palm of his hand.” His Broadway credits include starring in Motown: The Musical (Berry Gordy), Hairspray (Seaweed), Sister Act (Eddie), Tarzan (Terk, Original Cast), and Cry-Baby (Dupree, Original Cast). National tours include Motown: The Musical (Berry Gordy), Sister Act (Eddie), Dreamgirls (James “Thunder” Early). Mr Gregory's breakthrough role came with his outstanding portrayal of Jackie Wilson in The Jackie Wilson Story, launched at Chicago's Black Ensemble Theatre and culminated at New York's renown Apollo Theatre. Regional theatre credits include Shrek (Donkey), Fences (Lyons), and Two Trains Running (Sterling). Television appearances include performances on The Daily Show, The View, and The Tony Awards. As a recording artist, Gregory, also known as CHΞSS, has collaborated with industry greats including Phil Collins, Marc Shaiman, Ledisi, and Chance The Rapper. Studio recordings include multiple singles, Original Broadway Cast recordings, and his album In Search of High Love. He is the recipient of Chicago’s Jeff Award, the NAACP Theatre Award, the key to the city of his hometown of Gary, Indiana, as well as an honorary Doctorate Degree from Columbia College Chicago. Concerts include Higher and Higher with Artists Lounge Live and his original concert The Eve of Jackie. chestergregory.com
About the Company
Chicago-based concert company Artists Lounge Live presents popular music of yesterday performed by singular talents of today. "Superb musicianship and powerful storytelling set us apart. Our company of headliners honor their musical icons with mastery, intimacy, and empathy. With the music as our guide we explore the cultural landscape of America both then and now. Through popular muisc, our shared heritage, we offer audiences an authentic emotional connection. We believe in the restorative power of live entertainment for both the individual and the community."
Artists Lounge Live is created, produced, and curated by husband and wife team Michael and Angela Ingersoll. All-around entertainer and producer Michael Ingersoll starred as Nick Massi of the Four Seasons in the original San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago casts of Jersey Boys. He also created, recorded, and toured internationally with retro-rock vocal group Under the Streetlamp, as seen on PBS. Emmy-nominated actress and writer Angela Ingersoll tours nationally in Get Happy: Angela Ingersoll Sings Judy Garland, as seen on PBS. She also won acclaim playing Garland in End of the Rainbow, including Chicago’s Jeff Award and LA Times Woman of the Year in Theatre. Learn more at artistsloungelive.com.
About the Special Event Series
Presented by Schueler Group, Higher and Higher: A Rock ‘n Soul Party with Chester Gregory is part of a series of nationally recognized theatre artists coming to the Marx Theatre with socially distanced seating. Additional events will be announced later.