Cabaret Queen Denise Tomasello Performs in Concert at Des Plaines Theatre June 12

  • Cabaret Queen Denise Tomasello and Arlington heights native performs at the Des Plaines Theatre in her new one woman show Judy, Liza Barbra and Me! June 12

    Cabaret Queen Denise Tomasello and Arlington heights native performs at the Des Plaines Theatre in her new one woman show Judy, Liza Barbra and Me! June 12 Courtesy of Amie Hana

Updated 5/26/2022 8:39 AM

Hailed as "Chicago's Cabaret Queen" by the Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times, WGN Radio and, the legendary Denise Tomasello (and Arlington Heights native) returns for her first one-woman concert since the COVID pandemic.

Marking her triumphant return, Denise will be performing with her 17 piece orchestra in Judy, Liza, Barbra & Me, a musical celebration of these female musical legends, Denise will be paying homage to major milestones of these divas: Judy Garland's 100th birthday (June 10), Liza Minnelli's 50th Anniversary of her Oscar winning performance in Cabaret, (1972), and Barbra Streisand's 80th birthday (April 24) and 60th Anniversary as a recording artist (1962), singing songs most associated with their respective careers that made them icons. Denise will also be performing her fan-favorite, signature songs, classics from the great American songbook and show-stopping Broadway numbers, that have made her, as the Chicago Sun-Times said, "a Chicago musical institution."


The concert will take place on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 3 p.m., at the prestigious, newly refurbished Des Plaines Theatre, 1476 Miner Street, Des Plaines, Illinois. Tickets are available online at, or by calling 630-962-7000. Due to the importance of this event and high demand, get your tickets ASAP because they are selling fast, and you do not want to miss Denise's first major concert event in three years. Ticket prices are $25-$35-75.

From belting a Broadway show-stopper, to her spine-tingling delivery of an emotional ballad, or her sultry way with a jazz standard, Denise possesses a rare and unique musical versatility, putting her indelible stamp on every song she sings. The way she engages the audiences with her spontaneous, sharp, quick-witted repartee, Denise makes every performance a unique and special experience. A true original, nothing compares to a performance by the exhilarating Tomasello. She is one of the most talked about and exciting performers around, with the Chicago Tribune exclaiming "let's make one thing clear about Densie Tomasello: She was cabaret before cabaret was cool."

The recipient of the Chicago Cabaret Professional Gold Coast Award and winner of the After Dark Award for "Outstanding Cabaret Performer," Denise Tomasello is, without a doubt, Chicago's most exciting and in demand entertainer, with the Chicago Tribune's Rick Kogan saying "wildly glamorous and wickedly amusing, when she sinks her teeth in a belter's delight, the room sizzles." Chicago's four decade love affair with Denise Tomasello continues, proving she is the one and only Cabaret Queen of Chicago. In the past several years, Denise has performed triumphant SRO concerts at The Auditorium, The Metropolis Performing Arts Center, Empire Room, and The Cabaret Room at Drury Lane.. A major career highlight has been her four consecutive, sold out concerts at the Gold Coast's Drake Hotel Grand Ballroom, where she has the honor of being the first and only entertainer to ever give a concert at the legendary hotel.

She has headlined with show biz legends Don Rickles, Alan King, and Jackie Mason. Mason was so impressed by Tomasello's talent, he demanded that Denise have equal billing alongside his name at The Tropicana/Atlantic City. Mason went on to say "She is an amazing singer and a brilliant comedian. She is so natural onstage. She is the female Dean Martin."

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A Chicago original, in unprecedented and rapid succession, Denise went onto headlining and selling out the city's most prestigious nightclubs and concert halls: The Chicago Theatre, Park West, the Empire Room, The Pump Room, George's Supper Club, and a record-breaking six-year engagement at Sage's. Denise followed that with a two-year run at The Fairmont's Metropole Room, that was greeted by audiences and the press with the excitement of Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall. The Sun Times raved "with a voice that rivals Liza Minnelli in scope - those that have heard her once can't wait to hear her again." The Tribune was equally ebullient saying "a nightclub dream - so firmly has she stamped the room her own she should stay there forever." Her record-breaking residency at Sage's and The Metropole have been compared to Bobby Short's run at The Café Carlyle in New York. She also performed on the mainstage at Chicago's largest outdoor music events at Taste of Chicago and Festa Italiana.

Her dazzling, renowned Chicago performances brought Denise national recognition performers dream of and resulted in sold-out shows at the country's top nightspots and stages: New York's Town Hall and Eights Eights in Manhattan; Michael Feinstein's Cinegrill in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, The Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, and The Gardenia and Rose Tatoo in Los Angeles.

Denise Tomasello is a must-see, one of a kind, special performer. Witness first-hand why California's Orange County Register calls Denise and her one-woman concerts "the best show of its kind in the country!"

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