Mary Wilson of The Supremes will perform “James Gavin’s Stormy Weather, The Lena Horne Project” Nov. 10 at the College of Lake County in Grayslake.
Updated: December 9, 2012 6:09AM
GRAYSLAKE — Take one legendary singer (Mary Wilson of The Supremes) and add the music and life story of another legendary singer (Lena Horne) woven together by a skilled author, and the result is “James Gavin’s Stormy Weather, The Lena Horne Project.”
This musical and multimedia presentation will be Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St.
“Stormy Weather” stars Mary Wilson, who sang with Diana Ross in the 1960s pop group The Supremes. It is a living, breathing, musical biography about the beautiful singer and actress Lena Horne, who became a pioneering star for African Americans in the 1940s and ’50s.
James Gavin, author of the NAACP Image Award-nominated biography “Stormy Weather”, serves as the narrator. The book, which was on Oprah Winfrey’s 2009 summer reading list, covers the Cotton Club’s glory days and the back lots of Hollywood studios to the glitzy, but bigoted resorts of Las Vegas.
It is a behind-the scenes look at an American icon as well as a story of the limits of the American dream and the woman who rose to fame and inspired other black women.
In the show, Wilson sings many of Lena Horne’s trademark songs such as “Stormy Weather,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Yesterday When I Was Young” and “Come Sunday.” It includes rare multi-media images and footage of Lena Horne through the years.
One of Mary Wilson’s biggest fans is Carl Feuerbacher of Mundelein, who served as president of the International Supremes Fan Club, then the International Mary Wilson Fan Club for decades. He is bringing a large group of his fellow fans to see their idol perform in Grayslake.
Feuerbacher, who met Wilson when he was a teenager, continues to help promote her music and travel to her shows. He has seen the “Lena Horne Project” four times, and highly recommends it.
“It’s extremely entertaining and interactive with video, audio and singing. People will learn a lot about her life’s struggles,” he said.
Fans can enjoy food and beverages at this season’s new pre-show mingle, which starts in the lobby, 45 minutes before the show.
Tickets are $16 to $39. For group sales, call (847) 543-2431. For more information, call (847) 543-2300 or visit www.clcillinois.edu/tickets.