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The Jackie Wilson Story (My Heart Is Crying, Crying...) 

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Soul singer Jackie Wilson died young and practically forgotten in 1984--after collapsing onstage in 1975, he spent eight and a half years drifting in and out of a coma. But Black Ensemble Theater's musical biodrama resurrects his spirit in all its audacious glory. Originally opening in February 2000 for a seven-week run, writer-director Jackie Taylor's homage to this seminal American entertainer played for nearly two years, then set out on a brief tour of the east coast. Now it's reopening at Chicago's spacious New Regal Theater for eight performances en route to New York's Apollo Theatre. This production features Tony-winning vocalist Melba Moore in the role of Wilson's mother and once again stars Chester Gregory II in the role he created. Don't miss this chance to see a homegrown megahit and phenomenal young artist: Gregory's career seems destined to go--well, higher and higher. New Regal Theater, 1645 E. 79th, 773-721-9301 or 312-902-1500. Previews Tuesday, January 21, 8 PM. $22.50. Opens Wednesday, January 22, 8 PM. Through January 26: Thursday-Friday, 8 PM; Saturday, 2 and 8 PM; Sunday, 3 and 7:30 PM. $22.50-$37.50.

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