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Nov. 10: Mary Wilson to appear in ‘James Gavin’s Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Project,’ at CLC

Posted in Engagements, News on October 27th, 2012 by MaryWilson


Mary Wilson (left) pays tribute to Lena Horne (right) in the production

Mary Wilson (left) pays tribute to Lena Horne (right) in the production “Stormy Weather” at CLC Nov. 10.

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 comes to the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10.

“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” (Simon & Schuster 2009), 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. At the 2002 Academy Awards, Halle Berry thanked Lena Horne for paving the way for her to become the first black recipient of the Academy Award for Best Actress.

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. To learn more, visit

One of Mary Wilson’s biggest fans is a local man, Carl Feuerbacher of Mundelein, who served as president of The Supremes International Fan Club and the Mary Wilson International 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 is an extremely entertaining and informative show that includes video and audio clips, with the show’s highlight being rock icon Mary Wilson singing some of those familiar Lena Horne songs,” he said.

Tickets: Regular $39/33/28; Senior/Staff/Alumni $38/32/27 $26/23/21; Senior/Staff/Alumni $25/22/20; CLC Students and Teens $16. Prices include a $1 JLC facility fee. Groups of six or more qualify for discounted ticket prices. Call group sales at (847) 543-2431 or email for more information.

To purchase tickets online, visit or call the Box Office at (847) 543-2300 (option 5). The Box Office is open Monday through Saturday in October, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 90 minutes before each performance. The James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts is located on the CLC Grayslake campus, 19351 W. Washington St. Prior to the concert, fans can enjoy food and beverages at this season’s new pre-show mingle, which starts in the lobby, 45 minutes before the show.

More about the artists

Wilson was a founding member of the world’s most famous female trio, The Supremes, that recorded 12 No. 1 hits from 1964-1969, and her career has continued to soar while using her other talents. She is also a best-selling author, motivational speaker, businesswoman and former U.S. Cultural Ambassador. Her “Dare to Dream” lecture for young people emphasizes the need for personal perseverance to achieve their goals, despite obstacles and adversities in their lives and is the foundation of her best-selling autobiography “Dreamgirl ― My Life as a Supreme.”

She has performed a variety of humanitarian work, and in 1988, she accepted the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of The Supremes when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2003, the National Foundation for Women Legislators gave Wilson a Lifetime Achievement Award. Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell named her one of nine cultural ambassadors in 2003. In November 2004, she was one of the featured performers to headline the United Nations’ “World AIDS Day” concert at St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York City. She later returned to the United Nations Building to lecture about the poverty, hunger and destruction she witnessed during her trips. Learn more about her at

James Gavin’s third book, “Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne” was called “magnificent … gripping, marvelously written” by Liz Smith, who added: “[It] may just be one of the best biographies about show business, race, love, sex and music ever written.” Gavin has written for the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Time Out New York, the Daily Beast and the Huffington Post. He has contributed liner notes to over 400 CDs, including many reissues he produced himself for Verve, Blue Note and Koch Jazz. His essay for the GRP box set “Ella Fitzgerald: The Legendary Decca Recordings” earned a 1996 Grammy nomination.

Special thanks to WDCB 90.9 FM for their support of this event.


“Come See About Me: The Mary Wilson Collection” Opening at the African American Museum

Posted in News on October 15th, 2012 by MaryWilson

“Come See About Me: The Mary Wilson Collection” will be opening at the African American Museum in Philadelphia in January. The collection will include many of The Supremes’ iconic gowns and memorabilia from the 60′s and 70′s.

Mary has conducted a series of interviews this week to discuss the upcoming exhibit:

Photo Credit: Huffington Post

Reliving the Glamour of The Supremes

Mary Wilson Still Rules Supreme with First Film, Costume Tour and More

Mary Wilson Of The Supremes Talks ‘Overexposed’ Girl Group Style Today And Her Greatest Stage Costumes

A Day In “The Life of Riley”


FashionIndie: Come See About the Supremes’ Groundbreaking Fashion

Mary Wilson brings Supremes’ dresses to Philadelphia

Mary Wilson to showcase Supremes’ dresses in new exhibit

Museum show here on Supremes’ dresses, times

Museum Hosts Supremes Exhibit

Original Supremes’ Mary Wilson Wants You To “Come See About Me” and her Collection in Philadelphia

Video: Mary Wilson of The Supremes Chats About the ‘Come See About Me’ Exhibit

Still a Supremes star, Mary Wilson comes to Philly

‘The Supremes’ Are Coming to African-American Museum of Philadelphia

The Most Glamorous Girl Group Of All Time Gets A Philly Fashion Exhibit

VIDEO: Patty TV – The Legendary Mary Wilson Stopped By The WDAS Studio!

They wore a symphony: Supremes’ gowns star in Philly museum display

(Watch this space for new additions)


Mary appearing in the movie, “Golden Shoes”

Posted in News on October 15th, 2012 by MaryWilson

Mary was in Detroit earlier this month for the filming of the independent movie, “Golden Shoes“. Cast members include Eric Roberts, Vivica A. Fox, and Montell Williams. Be sure to visit Mary’s official Facebook page to see behind the scenes photos with cast members from the film.

An Intimate Evening with Mary Wilson

Posted in Engagements, News on October 15th, 2012 by MaryWilson

The Venetian Room at the Fairmont Hotel is proud to present “An Intimate Evening with Mary Wilson” on Sunday, October 28th at 7 PM. For more information on the show and tickets, visit

The Supremes “I Hear A Symphony: Expanded Edition” Now Available!

Posted in News on October 15th, 2012 by MaryWilson

Hip-O Select has released an Expanded Edition of The Supremes’ classic studio album, “I Hear A Symphony”. This wonderful two disc set can be ordered via Hip-O Select’s website, as well as other online music retailers.

Mary is invited to attend…

Posted in News on October 15th, 2012 by MaryWilson

Stop! In the Name of Mary Wilson

Posted in News on October 4th, 2012 by MaryWilson
By from Out Smart Magazine

MaryWilson Stop! In the Name of Mary Wilson music featured arts entertainment

From one icon to another: Mary Wilson, one of the founding members of the Supremes, says her portrayal of torch singer/actress/civil rights activist Lena Horne in her new stage show, “Stormy Weather,” is not an impersonation, but seeks to “invoke the era” that Horne dominated.

One of the original Supremes talks about ‘Stormy Weather,’ gay marriage, and more
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Mary featured in “Hit Click 2 The Master Class: Music Industry Master Class”

Posted in News on October 4th, 2012 by MaryWilson

Mary was interviewed for a new book called, “Hit Click 2 The Master Class: Music Industry Master Class”. The book features insight from various artists and figures in the music industry. The book covers topics such as artistic management and publicity, live performance, record deals, revenue steams and musical education. More details on the book, including ordering information, can be found on

Mary Interviewed on WPAT

Posted in News on October 4th, 2012 by MaryWilson

Mary was recently interviewed on the “Teddy Smith and Bob O’Brien Friday Night Radio Reunion” on WPAT in New York. The interview can be heard at the following links…

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