‘Chicago is My Kind of Town’ returns Oct. 24

October 7, 2023

Following the debut performance of “Chicago is My Kind of Town,” singer Holly Lane, pianist John Flynn and author Lisa Graff received a standing ovation.

An encore performance is set for 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Shrimpy’s restaurant north of Rehoboth Beach. Doors open at 5 p.m. for dinner.

Based on the third chapter of Graff’s memoir, the show is set in 1978-79 at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Graff said, “I had dreams of being a famous actress. And it just so happened that it was the blizzard of 1979 when I wanted to soar. From Jan. 13 to 15, O’Hare airport was closed, and all flights were grounded for 96 hours.”

Graff has dedicated this chapter to her friend Mark Locher, who later became the director of the Screen Actors Guild in Hollywood and led the community through difficult times.

“The show was wonderful and meaningful. So sweet it made me cry. Nothing like a fun and entertaining evening that also spreads kindness,” said Jane Klein, who is also a writer.

Audience member Linda Hardin said, “The show helped memories bubble up for me that would have otherwise been forgotten. What a great walk down memory lane!”

“Writing the script is the easy part for me, because Holly and John have such a repertoire of songs they can play and sing well; it was fun to choose songs to accompany the story line,” said Graff.

Some of the popular songs in the show are “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” “All that Jazz,” “Let’s Fall in Love” and “That’s What Friends Are For.”

Shrimpy’s Bar & Grill, located at 18585 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach, can accommodate 90 guests. Cost for the show is $10 cash at the door. Sign up at Reservations will not be accepted by the restaurant. 

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