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I played San Francisco, I played L.A., all the big cities. But to be a hit at Mister Kelly’s, I mean that’s what it’s all about!Bob Newhart An exclusive public television viewing of “Live at Mister Kelly’s,” the made-in and made-about Chicago documentary film, will have its world premiere showing at 8 p.m., Thursday, May 27, on WTTW, Channel 11.

It will also be televised at 6 a.m. Friday, May 28, on WTTW Prime; 12:30 a.m., Saturday, May 29 on WTTW; and 10 p.m., Sunday, May 30 on WTTW. The one-hour, special edition of the film will be available to viewers only in WTTW’s broadcast region, after which a full-length, 80-minute version will premiere nationally in the fall.

Watch the Trailer and Visit Mister Kelly's Digital Platforms “This showing on public television is a way we can give something back to the people of Chicago, who came together and celebrated diversity, great jazz, and great comedy,” executive producer David Marienthal said. “Our city was the entertainment epicenter of the country during that time and my father and uncle built an unrivaled talent incubator.”

The legendary Mister Kelly’s, called a “supernova in the local and national night-life firmament,” illuminated legendary Chicago’s Rush Street and the entire country. The movie has tantalizing live footage of performances and interviews of many who were at the heart of Kelly’s success. The executive producer is son and nephew to the late Marienthal brothers, George and Oscar, who conceived and operated three ground-breaking nightclubs. The London House was opened in 1946, followed by Mister Kelly’s in 1953 and the Happy Medium Theater in 1960. These venues launched the careers of such stars-to-be as Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis, Lenny Bruce, Lily Tomlin, Mort Sahl, and Joan Rivers. Over 30 live albums were recorded at the clubs including recordings by such immortal artists as Billie Holiday, Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, the Smothers Brothers, Freddie Prinze, and Flip Wilson. The filmmakers drew on a comprehensive archive Marienthal has assembled and donated to the Newberry Library’s permanent collection. More than 100 interviews, recordings, photos, and memorabilia tell the story of the movements for free speech, civil rights, women’s liberation, and anti-war that happened alongside the fabulous entertainment. The archive will be curated by the Newberry and presented in part as a major exhibit with public programs in 2023. Non-profit partners include ChiArts and the Jazz Foundation of America. Live at Mister Kelly’s was directed and produced by Theodore Bogosian, an award-winning independent filmmaker and television producer who has been directing, producing, and writing scores of long-form documentaries for PBS, the New York Times, Discovery, and other networks since 1978. The editor and producer, Scott Dummler, is currently the producer, director, and editor of Chef Rick Bayless’s public television cooking show “Mexico: One Plate at a Time,” work that has gained him two national Emmy nominations. Adam Carston is the senior researcher and associate producer. For more information go to #MisterKellys #Chicago #ChicagoJazz #Documentary #WTTW #BarbaraStreisand #BetteMidler #HerbieHancock #RamseyLewis #LennyBruce #LilyTomlin #MortSahl #JoanRivers #LiveRecordings #BillieHoliday #OscarPeterson #EllaFitzgerald #SarahVaughan #SmothersBrothers #FreddiePrinze #FlipWilson Watch the Trailer and Visit Mister Kelly's Digital Platforms

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