Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 7:30pm
Always Olivia: An Olivia Newton-John Tribute
Always Olivia is a tribute to one of the most celebrated and beloved pop culture icons of all time, the late Olivia Newton-John. In a career spanning more than five decades, Olivia Newton-John sold over 100 million records worldwide. Her successes include four Grammys; numerous Country Music, American Music, Billboard, and People’s Choice Awards; an Emmy Award; ten #1 hits; and more than fifteen top-10 singles. In 1978, her costarring role as Sandy with John Travolta in Grease catapulted Olivia into super-stardom. To date it remains the most successful movie musical of all time and has firmly established Olivia Newton-John as an iconic performer for all generations of film and music lovers.
Always Olivia authentically captures the essence and sounds of Olivia’s timeless music. The show stars Annie Aiello, a celebrated singer who has been captivated by and studied Olivia Newton-John ever since Annie was 7 years of age. Backing Annie in the show are five of Chicago’s most talented singers and musicians who have toured with or played on projects for Oprah Winfrey, American Idol, Jersey Boys, Frankie Avalon, The Smothers Brothers, The Drifters, Mannheim Steamroller and more!
This show lovingly incorporates five decades of Olivia’s music, dialogue about Newton-John’s history, humor, audience participation, costume changes and video projection with stimulating visuals. Expect to hear Olivia’s oh-so-memorable hits spanning the 70’s to the present day including: Hopelessly Devoted, You’re The One That I Want, Physical, Magic, Xanadu, If You Love Me Let Me Know, Let Me Be There, Don’t Stop Believin’, Grace & Gratitude and so much more! Performed to a live band or tracks, Always Olivia is in perfect lock-step with authentic Livvy.
About Annie Aiello:
In 1977, Annie’s parents bought her a special birthday gift. It was a hand-picked, Olivia Newton-John vinyl album that still sits in her collection, “Have You Never Been Mellow.” This album sparked Annie’s passion not only for singing, performance and her own musical endeavors, but it was the start of a life-long admiration and esteem of the beautiful woman we all know as, Olivia Newton-John.
For more than 20 years, Annie has been a trusted talent, singer/songwriter in the Chicago music scene in both corporate and non-profit environments. She has sung both domestically and globally for large non-profit organizations, was a “Round 2” candidate on “The Voice”, recorded alongside Chicago native and 80’s icon, Richard Marx as well as several Nashville artists and co-wrote a song withDove Award Winner, Nicole C. Mullen. In 2008 Annie released an album titled, “Brighter Day” co-written alongside Chicago vocalist, musician and composer, Paul Langford.
Annie’s love for Olivia Newton-John’s music has never waned. She credits Olivia’s voice and musical influence for her own successful music career. “Returning to the music of my childhood feels like home. For me, it was always Olivia. I always returned to her. Olivia’s authentic humility, obvious musical gifts, sincere love for people has forever endeared her to my heart and the hearts of millions spanning multiple generations. She is one of life’s true sweethearts.”
In memory of Olivia Newton-John and for those Annie has personally lost in her own life from cancer, Annie is dedicated to raising funds The Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Center (ONJCWC). She donates a portion of her earnings on the Always Olivia show to this important and worthwhile charitable organization and encourages everyone who loves the timeless music of Olivia Newton-John to do the same. Let’s work toward a world beyond cancer – together!