It’s Broadway, baby, and it’s at The Betty Jayne
‘I got a feeling there’s a miracle due gonna come true, coming to me. Could it be? Yes it could. Something’s coming. Something good, if I can wait.” So they sang in the acclaimed Broadway musical “West Side Story,” and so you can too – and perhaps make your own miracle happen – as The Betty Jayne Brimmer Center for the Performing Arts in Peoria Heights hosts another “Musical Theatre Open Mic Night” starting at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16.
Tickets are $5 in advance at thebettyjayne.com/calendar, $7 day of show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The Nanawall will be open, weather permitting, so bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the evening breeze on The Betty Jayne’s front yard. This being autumn, outdoor patio heaters also will be in place. Full bar service will be provided, with the Betty Jayne’s famed masked servers at the ready, and W.E. Sullivan’s from the Heights will have a food tent on site.
The Betty Jayne’s rare Steinway will be on display, with the fabulous Holly Haines tickling the keys, accompanied by guitar and drum. Performers are asked to bring their own sheet music, and a two-song maximum will be observed. Please arrive early to reserve your spot on the sign-up sheet. The microphone will be sanitized between each performance.
Not everyone has to participate, of course. Come enjoy the evening as a spectator and support the next Leonard Bernstein or Stephen Sondheim or Rita Moreno. And if you’re wondering what that song from West Side Story -- “Something’s Coming” – sounds like, listen here, just in case you’re inspired to do your own take on it.