The legendary Milly's Orchid Show celebrates 29 Years and Holdin' Anniversary show at Park West, Saturday, July 29, 2017, show 8 p.m., doors at 7 p.m., Park West, 322 W. Armitage, 773-929-1322, tickets available at the Park West box office and online at bit.ly/2rFRjRW .
29 and Holdin' will feature Brigid Murphy as host Milly May Smithy and superstar band Expo 76.
Blue Man Group
Karol Kent's Cubs trilogy
Wendy Clinard & Company Flamenco Dance
Paula Killen, in a special appearance
Marc 'Poetry Slam' Smith
Hip Hop in Tutus by K-Phi-9
Consuelo Allen's country Shakespeare as Willy May
Magda Krance &Co. Moooood in harmony
Heather McAdams' "Film Time"
Plus Special letter from David Sedaris, Milly's always fabulous back-up dancers the Coal Diggers, the Snack Seat, and much much more.
Milly's Orchid Show is a variety show that started on Dec. 16, 1987 in the then small back room of Lounge Ax on Lincoln Avenue. In 1990 the show moved to the Park West where it has regularly played to sell-out crowds. It is created and produced by Brigid Murphy, who also hosts the show as the wise-cracking country singer, Milly May Smithy.
Milly's Orchid Show has featured many artists in many genres over the years including David Sedaris, Poi Dog Pondering ( with whom Murphy also played saxophone ), Angela's Ashes author Frank McCourt, This American Life's Ira Glass, Michael Patrick King ( Sex and the City, Two Broke Girls ), Lisa Kron,( Fun Home ) Eric Bogosian, The Midnight Circus, as well as the Chicago premiere of Blue Man Group. Also included in the mix are a variety of acts from dance and short films to fire eaters and marching bands. Brigid was commissioned by Lyric Opera of Chicago to create an opera-themed version of the show, and by the Chicago Theatre Group to inaugurate the opening of the Albert Theater at the new Goodman.