Happy to be busy and feeling SOME kind of weather change - it's May, Mother Nature - we're ready for the 70's! Currently, the business is consisting of lots of church, wedding, corporate, and 1-night events, but I am now expanding my student reach. If interested in being coached for auditions, contests, or any a special event (wedding season!) where you have to sing or speak, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org! Look forward to chatting with you! Additionally, look for a new cabaret show from me at Davenport's Piano Bar this summer :)
If anyone got to see this amazing show at Chicago Shakespeare Theater or other theatres across the world, know that now you can get the soundtrack, featuring yours truly as Desdemona!
OTHELLO: THE REMIX explores the well-known story of William Shakespeare's OTHELLO by placing it in the present and performing it with a new script set to the 4/4 groove of American Hip Hop. The story involves a crew of American rapping all-stars who keep you grooving with ears perked to hear every joke and brilliant line in this wonderful theatre experience. It has traveled around the world, performing in Sydney, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, and even London's GLOBE THEATRE!
Buy them for only $10 at http://www.chicagoshakes.com/plays_and_events/store/books and see you next time it lands!
Today, I'd like to let you all know about a place I work and sing at about five times a month. Davenport's Piano Bar and Cabaret has given me wonderful times, and as most of my music gigs are private, or outside of Chicago, I wanted to give you a heads up that this place is great and I'm there several times a month to serve you - and even take requests :)
Mondays: Open Mic w/George Howe - 8:30 to midnight - George is a classic piano man with an incredible range and knowledge, along with the talent to back anyone up!
Tuesdays: Private parties only (call 773.278.1830 or email email@example.com)
Wednesdays: Beckie Menzie & Friends - 8pm to 11pm - Beckie is the leading lady in the cabaret scene and plays a mean piano, so come to listen and even sing :)
Thursdays: Natalie Myre & Friends - 8pm to 11pm - Natalie is a fresh, young talent, specializing in upbeat jams to enjoy, with new guests every week!
Fridays: Marianne Murphy Orland and George Howe - 9pm to 12:30am - this deLIGHTFUL duo plays requests, while playing they're favorites from the 60's and 70's grooves, giving you a warm and feel-good night.
Saturdays: Daryl Nitz & George Howe - 10pm-1:30am - CABARET MEETS PIANO BAR is the best way I can describe this hilarious duo, who've played at Davenports for 15 years, making close to a perfect experience if you want funny, talented, and ENTERTAINING night for only a $3 cover!
Drink up! And enjoy the Cabaret room in the back with different guests every night!
AND Davenport's even has KARAOKE! EVERY FRIDAY FROM 10:30pm to 1:30am in back room.
Come hang with me and all the lovely people at Davenport's Piano Bar & Cabaret!
1383 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL
GERSHWIN! ANDREWS SISTERS! MOZART!
All of these things are happening for me this fall into winter - I'm singing in Light Opera Works' GERSHWIN'S GREATEST HITS from October 4 to 13 (directed & music directed by George Andrew Wolff and Valerie Maze!), GIRL SINGERS OF THE HIT PARADE most of December (in the Minneapolis, MN area - oooh yaah), and joining my wonderful churches for my second season as cantor and choir member, both at St. Alphonsus (gorgeous, huge church on Wellington and Southport) and St. John Berchman's (lovely, small church in Logan Square). Please contact if you have any questions about coming to an event or needing me on something else - excited to keep busy!
As for this fall, already, I've been able to take part in some awesome and FUN concerts and projects (Arranmore Arts Cabernet Cabaret, Music Theatre Company's 48 Hour Musicals) and am excited to inform you of more coming up!
PEACE & GROWTH!
Well, 7 weeks in beautiful St. Louis is behind me, but the present is bearing great things! Auditioning, prepping for new shows, and creating more than ever - feels great. The MATT REED BAND, one of my ongoing singing gigs, just came out with a promo video featuring yours truly! Check it out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5_JM42D0tos
Excited for more to report & thank you for your continued support :) Earning my stripes :)
Summer is in the air - SO pumped about it :)
(Always feel free to like me on Facebook for current shows, invites to them, and to communicate with me as well! http://www.facebook.com/SophieGrimmEntertainerPage)
Last night, I was gifted the chance to perform with a bunch of amazing singers, actors, and musicians, and for that, I'm CRAZY grateful. TOMMY in concert for the young and crazy successful theatre company, ROUTE 66 https://www.facebook.com/events/150297848475176/. So good :))
This week is my last week with ALICE & WONDERLAND at Marriott Lincolnshire - it's been wonderful! Come see it this Wednesday through Saturday :) http://www.marriotttheatre.com/explorer_artists.aspx?show=73
Next week I head out to St. Louis for ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE, understudying BOTH of the roles in the two-woman show. That understudy rehearsal will be something to see ;) Any ideas of what I should do with my free time?? I hear St. Louis is beautiful in the summer time!
As for projects mid-process, still working on my musical project, as well as GREAT LIFE MUSIC's promo video, along with dabbling in possibly makeshifting an EP of originals - we'll see what the summer brings :)
Thank you for your continued support and encouragement - I feel it every day~~
So much going on!
Going on now...
OTHELLO: THE REMIX! (my voice featured in both of the trailers in this link) http://www.chicagoshakes.com/main.taf?p=2%2C76%2C9%2C17
Open through April 28th @ CST ~~
ALICE IN WONDERLAND (I'm the Caterpillar & Tweedle Dee = hot mamma) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp8XP0dhLQk
Open through May 18th @ Marriott Lincolnshire~~
I LOVE LUCY LIVE ON STAGE! (standing by [and also, singing the National Anthem representing them at the Chicago Fire Soccer Toyota Stadium - funny]) www.ilovelucy.com
Open through March 30th @ The Broadway Playhouse~~
Then my two churches!...
St. Alphonsus Catholic Church (all Holy Days) www.stalphonsuschgo.org
St. John Berchmans Catholic School & Church www.stjohnberchmans.org
A new video with THE MATT REED BAND (recording April 4th - then up on www.greatlifemusic.com)
St. Louis Stages - ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE - I'll be understudying BOTH ROLES! Craziness! All details at www.stagesstlouis.org/Shows/Always-Patsy-Cline/
Auditioning, Writing, Performing, and Living It Up! Thanks for the support!
This month has been a blast! The birthday jam was SO fun and I have a few updates!
I begin Marc Robin's Alice In Wonderland at Marriott Lincolnshire on Monday! Putting the schedule up on the site today! A children's show, so bring the kiddies along!
Also, I've been brought onto the team of 'I Love Lucy' Live On Stage!, standing by for one of the lovely character actress roles in the show - it's playing through April 7th at the Broadway Playhouse in Water Tower Place, so check it out, and let me know if you're coming to see if I'm on that night!
I'm working with three other new works: one by my friend, Lara Filip, another by my friends, Charlie Irving & Johnny Gonzales, and one of my very own, using the music of my fantastically talented cousin, Caleb Hawley (www.calebhawley.com). I will give the update of what's going on with any of those when it does :)
Lastly, I have an amazing family. This includes my very close friends too. My family is SO generous, it blows my mind a little. Their kindness, support, and encouragement is something that I know my world would not at ALL be the same without. I love you all so much.
My birthday is in February and I'm turning 25, so I got
ALL of siblings to come down from their regular gigs in
Minneapolis (they're all professional musicians/performers in their own right) and perform with me for all my beautiful Chicago friends!
Watch video here! http://youtu.be/5qrqcNSNhXQ
Monday, February 25th : 7-10pm
Abbey Pub: Green Room Pub - Brothers & Sisters Grimm
3420 W. Grace St. Chicago IL 60618 US (773)478-4408
Food for $
Also, if you're rockin' CTA, it's off the Addison Blue Line stop (8 min walk - you got it ;)) and if you're driving, it's off of Hwy90/94 Kimball exit!
Today, I'm letting you all know that this past year has been amazing in MANY, MANY ways. And now, it's time for a new beautiful & tumultuous chapter, written just in time to read it! I am working on many new projects, but keeping up with the oldies (GREAT LIFE MUSIC, THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY, auditioning and so on)! Big things coming up are 1) My birthday bash at ABBEY PUB on Monday, 25th for my 25th birthday, 2) A new video with GREAT LIFE MUSIC, scheduled to shoot in the next month, and 3) NEWS WORKS from me and others that I'm working along with - VERY cool.
The more hours you put in, the more times you put your name in the pot, the better chances you have and the better you are.
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you're full and newly-inspired in your thankfulness! I am too! I'm heading into a few things:
1) Performing my second production with THE MUSIC THEATRE COMPANY as Rita La Porta in LUCKY STIFF, a fanTAStic musical farce, with New Jersey, French, and Southern accents, to name a few :) It's good stuff - more promotion for that later, but for now, know it's only 6 performances over 2 weekends (Nov. 30 - Dec. 9) and it will be a blast! They are FUN there!
2) I start the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre workshop for Michael Mahler and Rachel Rockwell's WONDERLAND, a new children's pop/rock musical based on Lewis Carroll's classic! Very pumped~~
3) I'm JUST beginning to set up my set list for my 25th Birthday Cabaret, which will be rocking on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 - definitely baller. Excited :)
There's much more to share, but that will be it for now - thank you for your support and interest - I hope to exemplify my support and interest to you as much as I feel yours - THANK YOU!
Every Sunday, I sing at two Catholic churches, and I have to give a shout out to them:
St. Alphonsus on 1429 W Wellington is a GORGEOUS church with a choir to match every 10:30am Sunday mass, as well as holidays and special occassions. The choral director, as well as the conductor, player, and arranger of MANY of the versions of songs we do, besides beautiful classics, Brian Bloye, is amazing.
St. Berchman's on 2517 W Logan is a sweet and fresh church where my friend, Jon Mercado, acts as parish music coordinator, director, and player, where I sing every Sunday night at 6:30pm.
Both interesting and uplifting pastors. If this is your thing, it's worth coming to along with me or separately when you can. :)
Began working with my newest theatre company family today! Started rehearsals for FUGITIVE SONGS, which is a musical song cycle written by Chris Miller and Nathan Tyson, who just wrote TUCK EVERLASTING. Wonderful music and a LOT of talent in the room. There's five of us, all singing AND playing the entire show-long!! Check my schedule and see if you can make it out!
I got to be a part of a Cabaret at Arranmore Center for the Arts on Sept 7th, and it was a blast! Check out a bit of one of my newer arrangements (ROXANNE - The Police) and also hear some of my new fabulously talented friends, including Brianna Aguilar, Adrian Aguilar, Bethany Thomas,Tiffany Topol, Lara Filip, and Jed Feder. Hope to reprise this at an upcoming cabaret - will keep you updated!
A few things to share:
1) OTHELLO: THE REMIX just got done playing the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was a hit! Since I played the voice of Desdemona, over these past few months, I've checked on reviews the plays received and sometimes I'm even mentioned! Thought I'd share one with you:
2) I am now back in full swing in the city of Chicago, after just returning from playing the Minnesota State Fair with my sibs! Trey and Jennifer play EVERY DAY at Dino's Bandstand and my other brother, Reed, and his band 'Reed Grimm and the Shoeless Revolution' play EVERY NIGHT - this is through Sept.3 (Labor Day) so check them out if you're there! Now back in the city, I'm still rocking the MATT REED BAND (as a vocalist) and THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY (as an actor), and working on a new project I hope to get to report about soon - good vibes there.
3) Check out my schedule! I have fun things coming up in September, including singing at Jilly's on Rush Street, playing in MURDER's around Chicagoland and beyond, and am even a part of a special cabaret where women sing songs made famour by men, and vice versa that's called Cabernet Cabaret: With a Twist! Come hang out with me on any of my public gigs - I'd LOVE to see you there and have excessive amounts of laughs and smiles :))
I am recently back in the city from my WONDERFUL summer adventures in Sullivan, IL's Little Theatre On The Square, where I played 3 roles that I will remember for a VERY long time. Now, that I'm back in Chicago, I'm playing jazz, funk, soul, and dance music with the Matthew Reed Band, am singing around the city at churches, as well as working on some new private projects I'm very excited about.
I recently was a part of Q Brothers and Chicago Shakespeare's Theatre production of an adapted version of Shakespeare's Othello, called Othello:The Remix as the voice of Desdemona. It was a blast, and was performed at THE GLOBE (!!!) in London, England at the Globe To Globe Festival, as part of a project that brought theaters from ALL around the world, representing America, Chicago, and the Hip Hop language (the entire show in RAP - SOOO cool). Watch the whole thing if you like at http://thespace.org/items/e000066n. If you only have a few minutes and would like a taste of my voice, check out the video from when there is 1.10.46 left in the video. That's my first entrance - I jokingly and lovingly refer to what I did in this show as "riff-acting" - humming, scatting, wailing, and more. JQ directed me and he was so lovely to work with. The rest of the production staff and cast were so kind and pleasant - I couldn't have asked for a better time. Check it out and tell me what you think!
I am heading out to Sullivan, IL tomorrow to start my contract with LITTLE THEATRE ON THE SQUARE where I'll be playing Rizzo in GREASE from June 6-17, Millie in 7 BRIDES FOR 7 BROTHERS from June 20-July 1, and Ruth in PIRATES OF PENZANCE from July 5-15. If for some reason you wanna rock mid-land Illinois for a night, shoot me an email! Here's more info (just scroll down on the link):
So, folks, just recently had one of my favorite gigs yet - "riff acting", if you will, for a theatre production company called Q BROTHERS/CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE COMPANY & their show, OTHELLO:THE REMIX (which is going to be performed @ the GLOBE next week!) as Desdemona, a fine fine bitch with the voice of an angel and the rack of a... I'll explain later - that said, this group also has a music group, THE RETAR CREW - & they are in the running to play a huge concert at The Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago this May! If we vote & they make the top four, they're in! Vote at http://www.redeyechicago.com/entertainment/music/redeye-rock-n-vote-2012-top-10-vote-now-20120419,0,2278348.story (vote on the left-hand side of that page for THE RETAR CREW), up to 10 times a day - AND check out ALL of they're music & download it for FREE at!!!--->> http://www.theretarcrew.com/download-music.phphttp://www.theretarcrew.com/download-music.php
Good Thoughts, Peeps ~
Check out 1:38-1:54!!
I have just been hired for my first muti-track Equity contract! This summer I'll be playing Ruth in PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Millie in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, and one my of dream-roles, RIZZO in GREASE!!!!!
To check out the season schedule and prices, here's the website!
Thanks for the support, peeps!!
I'm a part of this AMAZING production of JOSEPH & THE...DREAMCOAT and start shows Feb 23rd (my birthday - what an awesome bday present!!)~~ I am SO excited to share it with all of you!
A little bit about it:
1) Instead of a cast w/kids, 12 brothers, & countless wives, ensemble & such, there's ELEVEN of us!
2) We all play instruments in it...and it's good ;)
3) I'm playing a brother!! SO FUN!! Sing, dance a bunch, and even got to arrange my own featured song! Which song do you think it is? You'll just have to see...