Ronnie Spector: Beyond the Beehive - 11/1
at City Winery Chicago
- 6:00 pm
- 8:00 pm
About Ronnie Spector
In 2012, Rock and Roll icon Ronnie Spector premiered her stage production Beyond The Beehive in New York City to ecstatic, sold-out audiences. In the fall of 2013 she will be bringing the 2-hour show that chronicles her fascinating 50-year journey through Rock and Roll to both Los Angeles and Chicago. The multi-media performance features upwards of fifteen live songs by Ronnie and her full band, stories from every stage of her career and many unseen, personal images and home videos. Beyond The Beehive plays like a live, on-stage version of her acclaimed 1989 autobiography Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness.
Before Ronnie Spector’s 20th birthday, she made a worldwide impact on the history of Rock and Roll as the leader of the quintessential “Girl Group,” The Ronettes. While still in her teens, she was touring the world with The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton and The Yardbirds as her opening act. From being personally requested by The Beatles to open up their final tour, to holding court with the Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan at Ondines, Ronnie was on top of the Rock and Roll world in the turbulent ‘60s.
As bright as her star shined, with her 1968 marriage to infamous record producer Phil Spector, all of that would be taken from her – the stage, her fans, the recording studio and ultimately her identity. At the peak of her career, it all ended suddenly behind electrical gates and guard dogs, amid nonstop psychological and emotional torture. Ronnie Spector would not be seen anywhere, let alone on stage, for many years as she fought to survive Phil Spector’s obsessive and abusive behavior.
About Beyond The Beehive, Ronnie Spector stated, “It’s what I’ve been waiting for. There are so many rumors and my show sets the record straight. Whether I’m talking about Girl Groups, The Beatles, or The Rolling Stones, you will hear the truth.”
A captivating production detailing Ronnie’s unique odyssey from NYC’s Peppermint Lounge to Beverly Hills, from hit records to hit men, to eventually being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, Beyond The Beehive tells the story of how Ronnie Spector transformed herself from victim to the ultimate Rock and Roll Survivor.
Only a few artists in history have been capable of defining an entire era in pop music. Ronnie Spector is one of those artists: the embodiment of the heart, soul, and passion of female rock and roll in the 1960s. And to this day, no one has ever surpassed Ronnie's powerful trademark vocals, her gutsy attitude, or her innocent but knowing sexuality. For these qualities and more, Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March 2007.