Under the Streetlamp with special guests Gentleman’s Rule
The popular vocal quartet (formerly Jersey Boys) will be back in town for a one night performance of classics from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s.Their opening act, Gentleman’s Rule, is the next generation of a capella entertainment.
UNDER THE STREETLAMP
Under the Streetlamp harmoniously blends the diverse talents of Michael Cunio, Michael Ingersoll, Christopher Kale Jones and Shonn Wiley. Together the group has filmed two PBS Specials, recorded three albums, performed to packed houses throughout the U.S., and appeared as musical guests on TV’s “Access Hollywood” and “Extra.” The four first met while performing in “Jersey Boys,” during which time they also performed on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Primetime Emmys,” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
MICHAEL CUNIO, when not touring with Under The Streetlamp, can be found performing at the “wonderfully eccentric” New York supper club Duane Park, where he hosts “The Plume Revue.” He also performs regularly with members of vintage jazz quintet The Candy Shop Boys. Prior to Streetlamp, Cunio appeared as Tommy DeVito of the Four Seasons in the Chicago run of “Jersey Boys” and was co‐founder and lead singer of hard rock band Reckless Place, with whom he wrote and released “innocence is no excuse…” and “Six Shooter,” both available on iTunes. Visit www.michaelcunio.com and follow him on Twitter/Instagram @Cunio4.
MICHAEL INGERSOLL is a Dayton, Ohio‐born artist whose grounded musical style exudes the sincerity, warmth and generosity of the Rockabilly/Rhythm and Blues greats. Before rocking the American Radio Songbook classics, Michael worked as an actor on stage and screen. The multitalented musician and actor has a diverse array of critically acclaimed and award‐nominated Chicago and regional theater credits, from “Frost/Nixon” to “A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline;” from “Beauty & the Beast” to Cincinnati Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” He made his film debut in the Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line” and enjoyed a three year run as Nick Massi of the Four Seasons in “Jersey Boys,” originating the role for the first national tour. Michael is passionate about community service and is a dedicated artist advocate. He holds a BFA in Acting from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; as well as a Second Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. For more information, visit www.michaelingersoll.com.
CHRISTOPHER KALE JONES has been acting professionally since he was a student at Northwestern University, including with Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Steppenwolf Theatre. Chris’s big break came in 2006, when he was cast in Jersey Boys as Frankie Valli for the first national tour. Other career highlights include Mercury in “Olympus On My Mind” (Bristol Riverside Theatre), for which he received a Barrymore Award Nomination, and Seymour in “Little Shop of Horrors” (Ford’s Theatre, D.C.), opposite his wife, Jenna Coker‐Jones. When not performing with Under The Streetlamp, he spends as much time as he can with Jenna and their awesome dog, Fender. He is thankful to God for all the blessings in his life. www.christopherkalejones.com
SHONN WILEY is the consummate song and dance man and a gifted choreographer. He made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award‐winning revival of “42nd Street.” He was then asked to star in a groundbreaking production of “42nd Street” in Moscow, making Shonn the first American actor to perform in an English speaking musical in Russia. Shonn later returned to the Broadway stage in “Dracula the Musical,” during which time he also made his television debut on “Guiding Light.” He received a Lucille Lortel Award as well as a Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Choreography for “My Vaudeville Man” and was featured in the Chicago cast of “Jersey Boys” as Bob Gaudio. Additional highlights include his debut as the title character in “Candide” at New York City Opera, costarring opposite Kristen Chenoweth in Stairway to Paradise for City Center “Encores!” and performing “Sweeney Todd” for Steven Sondheim. He holds a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University. www.shonnwiley.com
From the creator of Straight No Chaser and the producer and manager of Under the Streetlamp comes the next generation of a cappella entertainment – Gentleman’s Rule.
Blending their youthful contemporary style with timeless a cappella harmonies, Gentleman’s Rule charms audiences of all ages. Their eclectic concerts feature something for everyone – classic 70s & 80s, country, Top 40 hits and even classical music. Recent concerts have featured music made popular by Hall & Oats, Bob Marley, Bruno Mars, Gavin DeGraw, Peter Gabriel and Rascal Flatts among others. This diverse catalog of music exemplifies Gentleman’s Rule’s ability to bridge both genres and generations.
Straight out of Indiana University, Gentleman’s Rule relocated to Chicago to further their musical careers. The group soon signed to Arena Child Records and recorded their first album “Act Accordingly.” The album release coincided with a two-week run at Chicago’s acclaimed Royal George Theatre followed by a national tour supporting Under The Streetlamp, comprised of the former cast members of Jersey Boys. Their PBS television special will begin airing nationally in March of 2014 with an extensive tour to follow.
The album and live performances have been met with great critical and audience acclaim. “They are phenomenal!” Dean Richards, WGN and SFGate hails Gentleman’s Rule for “incredibly precise and lush harmonies.” Showbiz Chicago calls their performances “musical magic.” And Theatremania urges, “Don’t miss this amazing singing sensation.”
PBS soon took notice. The group will record their first concert event in November 2013. The special is scheduled to air in markets across the country during the winter 2014 pledge period.
A major 2014 tour in support of the special is in the works. For additional information, visit www.GentlemansRule.com or contact Parallel 49 Agency at 310-260-2700.