Sun, 02/25/2024 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

The McAninch Arts Center (MAC) presents “The Life and Music of George Michael,” chronicling the amazing musical journey of the international pop star at 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 25. The audience will be treated to Michael’s extensive roster of hits as a solo artist and from his time in Wham! including “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go,” “Freedom,” “Faith,” “Careless Whisper,” “Father Figure,” and many more spanning his four-decade career.

Michael (1963-2016) was an English singer, songwriter and record producer who sold more than 115 million records over four decades. He rose to fame as part of the duo Wham! in the early 1980s. Two years after the duo’s hit “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go,” he released his hit solo album, “Faith.” Throughout his lifetime he garnered numerous accolades, including two Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards, Three American Music Awards and four MTV Video Music Awards. He also toured consistently and donated much of his time and wealth to charity. Michael received the most fan votes among the 2023 nominees for induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this past November.

“The Life and Music of George Michael” stars Craig Winberry and Rory Phelan on lead vocals. They will be backed by a live band featuring Autumn Jones (lead and background vocals), Riccardo Gresino (keyboards, music director) Collin Keller (guitars and background vocals), Aubrey Situmorany (bass guitar and background vocals) and Same Ruff (drums).


The McAninch Arts Center located at 425 Fawell Blvd., on the campus of College of DuPage presents "The Life and Music of George Michael” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25. Tickets are $62-$72. For tickets or more information visit or call 630.942.4000. The Box Office is open noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and two hours prior to performance.

About the MAC

McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355. It houses three indoor performance spaces (780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; 186-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and a versatile black box Studio Theatre), outdoor Lakeside Pavilion, plus the Cleve Carney Museum of Art and classrooms for the college’s academic programming. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 100,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.

The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information about the MAC, visit or @AtTheMAC on Facebook and Instagram.

Support for the McAninch Arts Center is provided in part by Bank of America, Brookdale Senior Living Glen Ellyn, the DoubleTree by Hilton Lisle/Naperville, Anonymous, Sullivan Taylor Family Trust, The DuPage Foundation, Ball Horticultural, Clayco, Enjoy Illinois, Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; JCS Arts, Health and Education Fund of the DuPage Foundation; Wight & Company, WDCB 90.9 FM and College of DuPage Foundation.

Established as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation, visit or call 630.942.2462.