Iconic '60s singer Ronnie Spector performed her popular revue about her life and career at Chicago's City Winery on Nov. 1 and had fans at the sold out show cheering, sympathizing and vocally showing their love for her.
Spector's "Beyond the Beehive," which had its debut in 2012 at New York's City Winery, traces the career of the famous songbird who was the lead singer of 1960s girl group The Ronettes, looks at her tumultuous life with record producer/husband Phil Spector and also celebrates her triumphs of recent years.
The show is performed as part theatrical story and part concert, featuring video clips and photos along with Spector's performance of noted tunes, including everything from the Rolling Stones' famous "Time Is On My Side," "Don't Worry Baby," which she said Brian Wilson wrote for her to "The Best Part of Breakin' Up," and "Say Goodbye to Hollywood."
Taken from her autobiography from 1989 titled "Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts and Madness," "Beyond the Beehive," is a captivating theatrical piece. Throughout the show, Spector spoke of her work and associations with musical greats from the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Sonny and Cher to Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.
She also delved into how she was kept like a prisoner in her home after marrying Phil Spector, who is currently serving 19 years to life in prison for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, and how she finally made her escape from their California mansion. After relaying the story of her escape, the audience cheered and applauded her.
While Spector said she hasn't been able to perform some of her biggest Ronette songs, due to the fact her former husband forbade it, fans were in for a treat at the Chicago show.
Since it was the last night of the tour, after Spector performed the theatrical portion of the revue, she came back on stage and as an encore did what was called the "concert" segment. In that segment, she was allowed to sing the big hits since they were specifically done in "concert." (Former husband Spector won't grant permission for those songs to be performed in a theatrical format, only a concert format.)
For that encore, she rolled out "Baby, I Love You," and "Be My Baby." Having another chance at a career, these days, Spector proved she's a strong yet grateful survivor. To learn more about Spector, visit ronniespector.com