I’ve been singing with the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus for nine years now, and it seems that every time a show comes up I’m bound to get sick… somehow.

This year is no exception. Last week I was off work for two days with a viral respiratory infection, and this week I was nearly sidelined by some type of bug. Whatever it was, it brought a fever, pain in my lymph glands, and a bright red rash on my upper lip. Oh yeah… I was looking SEXY this week!

But somehow I made it through ok. Today I am feeling pretty good. The lip problem is almost gone, and to top it all off, the weather looks like it’s finally changing back into springtime. I took the day off of work (which has also been hellish lately) and rested all day. I’m ready to go for the weekend.

Sidetrack V: Sidetrack With A TwistSo tonight is opening night for CGMC’s “Sidetrack V With A Twist.” At first I was a little less excited about the show because I don’t have any big standout numbers. Call it the curse of a diva, but hey… it happens. But now I’m actually glad that I don’t have any big numbers in this show. I can stand back and enjoy it without worrying about costumes, makeup, remembering lines, or making any grave mistakes in front of hundreds of people. Less stress = more fun! And fun is a really great word to describe this show.

The Sidetrack shows basically re-create favorite numbers from musicals old and new, live on stage, with performers in full costume (in most cases). Shows represented this year include “Wicked,” “Will Rogers Follies,” “Sunset Boulevard,” “Best Little Whorehouse In Texas,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Mary Poppins,” “Dreamgirls,” and “Hairspray.” And that’s only half of the shows.

At last night’s dress rehearsal I was asked to take publicity photos because the person we had hired canceled. So I got to see the show from the audience’s perspective. I will say this now… if you are in the Chicago area and have about $25-$40 to spare (and the time to spare as well), see this show. It’ll be a fun, hilarious, and wonderful night. You won’t regret it!

Friday, April 20 – 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 21- 5:00 PM and 8:30 PM
Athenaeum  Theatre
2936 N. Southport Ave.