The Eve of Jackie (Wilson): A Musical Look at the R&B Legend Starring Broadway Star Chester
Chester Gregory is a Broadway veteran who brings Jackie Wilson to life. Gregory is the star and producer of The Eve of Jackie (Wilson). “This show is a look at Jackie Wilson the evening before he collapsed on stage,” said Gregory. “This is one evening of him in real time, in concert. This performance is, literally, the performance of his life — his last complete performance. Gregory is well-suited to play the iconic Wilson; he was seen on Broadway as Eddie Souther (a lead role) in Sister Act and as Seaweed in Hairspray.
A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Jackie Wilson notched more than 20 Top 40 pop-chart hits in America between 1958 and 1968. According to Rolling Stone magazine, Wilson suffered a heart attack in 1975 while performing at a New Jersey casino. The singer died in 1984 at the age of 49. Rolling Stone ranked Wilson No. 69 on its list of rock ‘n’ roll’s all-time greatest artists.