THE 2013 JEFF AWARD WINNER FOR BEST REVUE
“After more than a year of planning, writing, improvising and stagework between the two companies, the show played Saturday night at the Civic Opera House to a highly mirthful sold-out crowd of 4,000-plus. Director Billy Bungeroth, actor-writer Timothy Sniffen, writer Kate James and writer-composer-arranger Jesse Case worked strong changes on Second City standbys... with a reminder of just how funny the group can be when it’s not afraid to go back to its roots in brainy, cultural parody.”- The Chicago Sun Times
Renowned soprano Renée Fleming attended a performance of Sky’s the Limit (Weather Permitting) on the Second City e.t.c. stage, and heard her own voice sampled in my sound design. Instead of filing a lawsuit, she got in touch with Jesse through Lyric Opera of Chicago with a collaboration in mind. Fourteen months later, an all-original comedy revue hosted by Patrick Stewart and Ms. Fleming, and featuring six Second City actors, two opera singers, and six musicians, played to 4,100 people at the Civic Opera House and received a lengthy standing ovation.
The show then ran at the Opera House through the month of June 2013, with cabaret-style seating on the stage itself. It’s the first show ever performed there to be Jeff Award Nominated, and in November 2013 it took home two of them - Best Revue and Best Director of a Revue.