Manhattan Dolls to perform at Festival 56 in Princeton

The Manhattan Dolls, left to right, Heather Stricker, Vanessa Helms and Chelsee Hicks. (Photo contributed)

PRINCETON — Festival 56 presents female vocal trio The Manhattan Dolls in concert at the Grace Theater in Princeton, Friday, Sept. 15, through Sunday, Sept. 17.

The Manhattan Dolls are an international touring trio founded by and featuring Festival 56′s very own Heather Stricker. Longtime Festival 56-goers will remember Stricker as Victoria in The Business of Passion (Season 2, 2005) and Princess Winifred in Once Upon A Mattress (Season 4, 2007). Completing the cast of The Manhattan Dolls are Vanessa Helms and Chelsee Hicks.

Each performance will feature a different program, beginning with “Sentimental Journey” on Friday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. with music from the 30s and 40s in the close-harmony style of the Andrews Sisters. You’ll be taken back to the World War II era with songs like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “In the Mood,” the Dolls’ famous “Military Salute” and other patriotic favorites.

Girl groups of the 50s and 60s will be the main attraction with “Rockin’ with The Dolls,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, highlighting jukebox favorites like “Then He Kissed Me” and “Stop in the Name of Love.”

Country music fans will not want to miss the Dolls’ final program, “All American Girls”! You’ll hear songs like “Before He Cheats,” “Hell on Heels,” “Cowboy Take Me Away,” “How Great Thou Art,” and many more great hits by female country stars, and enjoy a few surprises along the way. Grab your tickets for 2 p.m. Sunday, Sep. 17 to see these talented singers before they hop on their “Sin Wagon” out of town.

The three performances are at The Grace Theater, 316 S. Main St., Princeton. Tickets are $25 and available online at or by calling the box office at 815-879-5656 and leaving a message. Veterans should use the discount code: Vet23.

This production is sponsored by The Starved Rock Country Community Foundation and is partially supported by a grant from The Illinois Arts Council Agency and The National Endowment for the Arts.