The San Francisco 49ers announced that singer, song writer and Stockton, Calif. native, Chris Isaak, will perform at halftime and the lead role of the Tony Award-winning Broadway and West End musical WICKED and Sacramento, Calif. native, Teal Wicks, will sing the national anthem when the 49ers take on the Chicago Bears on November 12, 2009 in a nationally-televised Thursday night game on the NFL Network. This game is sponsored by U.S. Bank and all fans exiting the stadium at the end of the game will receive a commemorative 2009 49ers Team Captains poster courtesy of U.S. Bank.
"It is great to have Bay Area celebrities perform and sing at our games and show their support for the team," said 49ers Vice President of Marketing, Michael P. Williams. "Chris Isaak and Teal Wicks are very well known in the entertainment industry and throughout the Bay Area, and we're excited to be able to give our fans the opportunity to see them perform."
Isaak has been signed to Warner Bros. Records since 1984 and his most popular song, "Wicked Game," became a Top 10 hit in February 1991. Most recently, Isaak released a new album titled "Mr. Lucky". Mr. Lucky features 14 tracks filled with the glorious, the ugly and the bad of romantic love. Throughout his career Isaak has put out 13 albums, appeared in nine films and 11 television shows. Isaac hosts his own TV show "The Chris Isaak Hour" on the BIO Channel and has also appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and The Today Show.
"I have been a 49ers fan since way back," said Isaak. "I remember watching Joe Montana on TV when I was a small boy with my dad, which is difficult because Joe is no older than me. Now I am ready to watch the dynasty continue!"
Teal Wicks is best known for her lead role performance in WICKED, currently playing at San Francisco's Orpheum theatre. Wicks made her *WICKED *debut earlier this year playing the role of Elphaba in the Los Angeles production. Teal has also been seen in the National Tour of Pippin (Catherine), NY City Center Encores! Stairway to Paradise (dir. Jerry Zaks), NY premiere of Fahrenheit 451 (Clarisse), World Premiere of Turandot, Rumble for the Ring (Turandot) at Bay Street Theatre, 1776 (Martha) and Pippin (Catherine) both at the Goodspeed Opera House.
"Growing up in Sacramento the 49ers have always been our home team," said Wicks. "So it is such a thrill to be singing here at Candlestick. Go 49ers!"
The 49ers will announce the halftime show and anthem singer for their Monday night game against the Arizona Cardinals on December 14, 2009 at a later date.