I Am Who I Am: The Story of Teddy Pendergrass | Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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I Am Who I Am: The Story of Teddy Pendergrass 

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 30 2016
Price: $55-$65
Black Ensemble Theater continues its 40th-anniversary season with a fourth musical biopic, this time centered on R&B legend Teddy Pendergrass. A 15-person cast and a seven-person band run down nearly two dozen hits from its titular star, here played by Rashawn Thompson and Deverin Deonte at different musical and personal phases of his life. Deep cuts by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes and tributes from Teddy 25 round things out. The ensemble is the true star here, especially company regulars like Jessica Seals, Kyle Smith, and Rueben Echoles. —Dan Jakes

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