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Elgin native brings his cabaret show to Lounge 51

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  • The Nitz & Howe Experience will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their musical cabaret show Sunday, Dec. 8, at Lounge 51 in Elgin.

    The Nitz & Howe Experience will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their musical cabaret show Sunday, Dec. 8, at Lounge 51 in Elgin.
    Courtesy of Suzanne Plunket

 
Submitted by Dave Gallagher

The Nitz/Howe Experience is celebrating its 20th anniversary. With more than 1,200 shows at their home base of Chicago's Davenport's, it became the longest running cabaret show in the country.

Daryl Nitz and George Howe will be taking their acclaimed act on the road to Nitz's hometown of Elgin Sunday, Dec. 8. The show will begin at 5 p.m. at Lounge 51 located inside Dream Hall, 51 S. Grove Ave. in downtown Elgin.

Tickets are $15. For information, call (224) 535-8075 or visit Lounge51Co.com, www.facebook.com/Lounge51co/ or www.facebook.com/nitzandhowe/.

After Dark Award winners George Howe and Daryl Nitz host an evening that is part request, part audience participation and part stand-up comedy. Coupled with Nitz's 30 vocal impressions -- including Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, Carol Channing, Billie Holiday and Edith Bunker -- the duo's spontaneous, zany antics makes for one wild entertainment experience.

Nitz has strong ties to the Elgin community. He was born at the old Sherman Hospital, attended Gifford Elementary and Abbott Junior High, where he was class president in 1979. He graduated in 1982 from Larkin High School, where he was class president and performed in their production of "Carousel." He attended Elgin Community College and began singing at Emmanuel Baptist Church on St. Charles Street.

The Nitz & Howe Experience started as the brainchild of Bill Davenport, who saw two performers on two separate nights and suggested they work together. Nitz and Howe formed their alliance in 1999 and have not looked back. They are now seen on Saturdays in the front room of Davenport's from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Nitz has performed at the Park West, the Royal George, Steppenwolf Theatre and Naperville's Crossroads Theater.

Howe, is an accomplished singer, actor, pianist, composer, lyricist and arranger. He has served as composer/lyricist for "The Will Shakespeare Follies," "The Three Seagulls (A Chekovian Extravaganza)," "I Know What You're Doing This Summer," "Ethel Merman's Peter Pan" and its sequel "The Sound of Merman."