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Johnny Mathis To Make Rare Area Appearance at KeyBank State Theater on November 2nd

October 16th, 2019

Chances are, you've heard the song "Chances Are" at some point in your life.  Probably even sometime within the last few weeks.  Why, it's even the name of a Robert Downey, Jr. movie from the late '80s that uses some of the tune's ethereal themes as a backdrop for a larger rumination on life, death, and, of course, love.

Well, the man who brought that song, among many others, to life is coming to the Playhouse Square's KeyBank State Theatre in a rare Cleveland appearance on November 2nd.  Johnny Mathis will bring his The Voices of Romance concert tour to the 216.  Starting his career in the mid 1950s and actively touring well into his eighties,  

 Johnny Mathis has become one of the few American pop music icons with "standing room only" the norm for his concerts. 

While in college in San Francisco, Mathis was a standout athlete and, according to the sports sections of the Northern California newspapers, Mathis was often referred to as “the best all-‘round athlete to come out of the Bay area.”  As a 1956 Olympic Games hopeful, Mathis took a short sabbatical to record some demos in New York.  His star began to rise and, alas, his Olympic dreams evaporated into a sixty-plus year musical career.


When Johnny finally made it to New York for his first recording session, Columbia Records placed him under the supervision of the famous Mitch Miller.  In the fall of ’56, Johnny recorded two singles that were to become two of his most popular all-time greatest hits: “Wonderful, Wonderful,” and “It’s Not For Me To Say.” Both songs peaked in July 1957. They were followed by the monumental single “Chances Are,” which became Johnny’s first #1 hit.


According to record historian Joel Whitburn, Johnny is one of only five recording artists to have Top 40 hits spanning each of the four decades since 1955. Amazingly, with his long list of hits, his second #1 hit, “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late,” came almost 21 years after that very first #1 single “Chances Are.”


Tickets for Johnny Mathis’ Nov. 2nd concert at Playhouse Square’s KeyBank State Theatre are $89.50, $75, $65, $50 & $35, on sale at the Playhouse Square Ticket Office; online at; or by phone at 216-241-6000.

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