Familiar tunes such as "Staying Alive," "You Should Be Dancing," and "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart," will have fans singing as a trio of musicians takes over The Broadway Playhouse in Chicago this summer.
The Australian Bee Gees will resurrect the music of the Brothers Gibb during a tribute concert running through Aug. 4 at The Broadway Playhouse. Broadway in Chicago is presenting the show.
"Fans can expect to see a retrospective of the Bee Gees' career with over 50 years of hit records," said Matt Baldoni, who portrays Barry Gibb in the tribute show.
Baldoni said the show features multi-media production elements with video, lights and special effects. For Baldoni, a native of California and resident of Las Vegas, it's an honor to be bringing the music of such an iconic band to life on stage.
With musical credits of his own racked up through the years as a guitarist and music director/composer, the musician said performing as an Australian Bee Gee is in another category all it's own.
"I had no idea the character (of Barry) would be so much of an undertaking," he said, adding it's the single hardest endeavor he's taken on as a musician to date.
Baldoni, who's been a member of the Australian Bee Gees since April of last year, said he was recommended for the part.
"I was fortunate that I was available," he said.
As a professional musician for the past 20 years, Baldoni said he's had to play Bee Gees tunes on and off. Although he never saw Barry, Robin and Morris Gibb perform live, he said he grew up listening to their music.
"My mom was a big Bee Gees fan. One of the first records I remember hearing was "Spirits Having Flown," Baldoni said of the album that contained hits such as "Tragedy" and "Too Much Heaven."
Baldoni believes the Bee Gees' music will continue to live on in a big way. "They had a gift for writing and singing some of the greatest pop songs in history," he said.
He said in addition to the tunes having "strong melodies," they also feature sentiments that almost everyone can relate to.
The Australian Bee Gees show draws audiences of varied ages, Baldoni said. He commented he didn't quite expect that when he joined the group. Baldoni's first show with the band was at Las Vegas' Excalibur Hotel.
Fans attending the show will see four different periods of the Bee Gees' career, Baldoni said, including a segment that's reminiscent of the BeeGees' "One Night Only" concert that took place in 1997 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
According to Baldoni, the trio is committed to bringing the music to life while offering the utmost respect to the Bee Gees. "Barry is aware of us," Baldoni added.
The Australian Bee Gees show got it's start in 1994. This is the first time the group will perform in the city. The first time the group played the Chicagoland area was in 2009 when they performed at The Venue at Hammond's Horseshoe Casino.