Cabaret – NKFAN http://nkfan.net/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 06:07:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://nkfan.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-150x150.png Cabaret – NKFAN http://nkfan.net/ 32 32 Paul Capsis returns to Maj for healing cabaret magic | OUTInPerth https://nkfan.net/paul-capsis-returns-to-maj-for-healing-cabaret-magic-outinperth/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 06:07:22 +0000 https://nkfan.net/paul-capsis-returns-to-maj-for-healing-cabaret-magic-outinperth/ West Australians will get to see the incredible Paul Capsis perform when he heads west for the Perth International Cabaret Festival in June. The energetic entertainer has graced Perth audiences on several occasions, but it’s been a few years since local audiences had the chance to see him and he can’t wait to be back […]]]>

West Australians will get to see the incredible Paul Capsis perform when he heads west for the Perth International Cabaret Festival in June.

The energetic entertainer has graced Perth audiences on several occasions, but it’s been a few years since local audiences had the chance to see him and he can’t wait to be back on stage at His Majesty’s Theater with his show. Up close and personal.

For someone who enjoys being in front of an audience singing and sharing stories, the past two years have been an interesting time for Capsis, and he’s happy that the world and theaters are opening up again.

The recovery, however, is one he feels in a slow build rather than an immediate return to normal life.

“I feel better,” he says when we meet on the phone. “Things have started to open up a bit, for me…this month is really the first month that I have work, I have the Perth Cabaret Festival, and I’m doing a show for Vivid here in Sydney. I did some interesting things in Sydney, so I feel better.

The two-and-a-half-year-long Capsis actions, which have been difficult for almost everyone, have placed performers in an unusual space.

“For me, the point is that what has happened over the past two and a half years has had a kind of long-term effect. I think there seems to be a strange feeling, a kind of dread, you know, what can happen after what we’ve been through.

“But I try to have hope. I have good days and bad days. But I think other performance artists, and pretty much most people who are in theater or cabaret or music, feel the same way.

“I think it’s a mistake to pretend or assume that everything is going to be fabulous again.” Capsis said describing the entertainment industry and slowly making a comeback.

“I think it’s a long road. Because it also affects how we feel about our work and the way we work. It’s been such a long time without doing your job, and then you have trust issues, you have issues receiving information, when you’re doing your research, and when you’re learning a song.

“It’s the longest time I haven’t been abroad. I’m grateful that I managed to get to Melbourne, which was really nice. I did a production of tommy at the beginning of the year. The weather was glorious there and we had endless rain in Sydney. So to be in Melbourne, where it was sunny, and doing a big show with a lot of other people was wonderful, it was very calming.

“It brought back a familiar feeling, a happy feeling, but then it goes really fast, the season hasn’t been very long, and then you have to come back to reality. At this point, Sydney was still coming out of a lockdown, and we just had endless rain, we keep getting rain and rain.

Capsis is famous for his ability to make the sun shine through the rain: reinterpret songs, unlock hitherto unrecognized tunes, and find new meaning in words we’ve already heard. He says that when it comes to choosing songs for his shows, it’s the lyrics of the song that appeal to him the most.

“For me, it has to be the lyrics first. I have to connect to them, I have to identify myself somehow. I feel like if I didn’t relate to it, I wouldn’t really be interested in singing it. Unless there is a specific purpose.

“There are songs that are kinda silly, and you know, they have great melodies, and they’re just silly, or they lift an audience when they’re looking for fun.”

“But when I choose songs for my shows, I mostly go with the lyrics.” Capsis said.

Paul Capsis performs at His Majesty’s Theater as part of the Perth International Cabaret Festival on 22 and 23 June. Tickets on sale now.

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Homewood Theater announces 2022-2023 season https://nkfan.net/homewood-theater-announces-2022-2023-season/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 20:23:28 +0000 https://nkfan.net/homewood-theater-announces-2022-2023-season/ Homewood Theater has announced its 2022-2023 season. The season will feature four comedies, a cabaret show and a holiday classic at the theater’s new location in SoHo Square, downtown Homewood. All performances will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon matinees at 2:30 p.m. at 1831 28th Avenue South. Individual […]]]>

Homewood Theater has announced its 2022-2023 season.

The season will feature four comedies, a cabaret show and a holiday classic at the theater’s new location in SoHo Square, downtown Homewood. All performances will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon matinees at 2:30 p.m. at 1831 28th Avenue South.

Individual tickets and season passes are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.homewoodtheatre.com.

Show: Bill Bugg and Friends – Part 5

Dates: August 25, 26, 27 at 7:30 p.m., August 28 at 2:30 p.m.

Bill Bugg is back with a brand new cabaret cavalcade to kick off our season. He and his friends will sing show tunes and standards backed by a swing combo.

Show: I should be in pictures by Neil Simon

Dates: Oct. 27, 28, 29 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 30 at 2:30 p.m., Nov. 3, 4, 5 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 6 at 2:30 p.m.

Classic Neil Simon comedy about a screenwriter who is surprised by his teenage daughter and her dreams of movie stardom.

Show: It’s a Wonderful Life Live!

Dates: 8, 9, 10 Dec. at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 11 at 2:30 p.m., 3, 16, 17 Dec. at 7:30 p.m. and 18 Dec. at 2:30 p.m.

The classic family movie like you’ve never seen it before. This production presents the story as

a radio show complete with period costumes, wonderful actors and the era of the 1940s

sound effects.

Show: The Hallelujah Girls

Dates: 9, 10, 11 Feb. at 7:30 p.m., 12 Feb. at 2:30 p.m., 16, 17, 18 Feb. at 7:30 p.m., 19 Feb. at 2:30 p.m.

Hilarious comedy from the writers of “The Golden Girls” TV show. A group of

feisty southern women gather at their church-turned-day-spa for big laughs!

Show: A fox on the fairway

Dates: April 20, 21, 22 at 7:30 p.m., April 23 at 2:30 p.m., April 27, 28, 29 at 7:30 p.m., April 30 at 2:30 p.m.

Great eccentric frolic, which pulls the rug under the suffocating inhabitants of a

private country club.

Show: Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses

Dates: June 1, 2, 3 at 7:30 p.m., June 4 at 2:30 p.m., June 8, 9, 10 at 7:30 p.m., June 11 at 2:30 p.m.

Gulf Coast Hotel Experiences Mixed Room Numbers and Illegal Activity and

Lots of Laughs ! It’s a mystery! It’s a love story! Above all, it is a riot of laughter!

Tickets: $25 general admission for individual productions

Season tickets at $150 (includes reserved seating).

Order online at www.homewoodtheatre.com. For more information, call 205-873-1816.

— Submitted by Kyle Bass

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A NIGHT AT THE TONYS announced at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, July 23 https://nkfan.net/a-night-at-the-tonys-announced-at-barbara-b-mann-performing-arts-hall-july-23/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 21:47:33 +0000 https://nkfan.net/a-night-at-the-tonys-announced-at-barbara-b-mann-performing-arts-hall-july-23/ The Gulf Coast Symphony presents A Night at the Tonys. Enjoy music from your favorite musicals of today and yesterday! The program includes songs from the shows Evita, Sound of Music, West Side Story, Cabaret and Guys & Dolls and more. Dress to walk our red carpet and enjoy a magical night of winning songs […]]]>

The Gulf Coast Symphony presents A Night at the Tonys. Enjoy music from your favorite musicals of today and yesterday!

The program includes songs from the shows Evita, Sound of Music, West Side Story, Cabaret and Guys & Dolls and more. Dress to walk our red carpet and enjoy a magical night of winning songs with Broadway guest stars Mark Sanders and Gulf Coast Symphony debut Heather Ivy.

Heather Ivy, an internationally acclaimed modern classical soprano, has made a career navigating effortlessly through Broadway, opera and pop favorites. From Bocceli to Broadway, Heather’s versatility and genuine warmth shine through in everything she does. Her professional career began with the international Broadway tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, followed by sold-out cabaret shows around New York. Other favorite productions include: The Producers, The Music Man, Urinetown, Little Women, Guys and Dolls, Don Giovanni and Elisir d’Amore.

Mark Sanders has appeared in numerous productions and concerts around the world, including regular performances with the Gulf Coast Symphony. Mark was seen as Perchik on the national Broadway tour of Fiddler on the Roof with Theodore Bikel and recently performed Harry Bright in Mamma Mia at the Actors’ Playhouse in Miami. Mark has performed at such prestigious theaters as Lincoln Center, Goodspeed Opera House, Pittsburgh CLO, North Shore Music Theater and Sacramento Music Circus.

The show will take place Saturday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW (13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers). Tickets for A Night at the Tony’s cost between $29 and $59 and can be purchased online at GulfCoastSymphony.org or by calling the box office at (239) 481-4849.

Founded in late 1995 by its current Music Director and CEO, Dr. Andrew Kurtz, the Gulf Coast Symphony (GCS) is today the second largest nonprofit performing arts organization in Lee County. The Gulf Coast Symphony (GCS) strives to defy convention – with its rich tradition of unique and innovative collaborations across multiple genres and disciplines, dynamic high-quality musical performances, active community engagement, and our commitment to social change. through arts education. Our ultimate goal is to use music and the arts as a vehicle to unite and strengthen our community. The Gulf Coast Symphony is one of Southwest Florida’s cultural gems and one of the most dynamic orchestras in the United States. The GCS includes the Gulf Coast Symphony, the Gulf Coast Chamber Orchestra, the Gulf Coast Jazz Collective and the Music & Arts Community Center (MACC) which opened in January 2021. The GCS features over 100 programs that showcase the best of classical music, jazz, world music, dance, opera, cinema and musical theatre. The Symphony Orchestra performs at both the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall and its more intimate 300-seat theater at MACC. For more information www.GulfCoastSymphony.org

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Niki Scalera celebrates the life and career of Dame Shirley Bassey in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER https://nkfan.net/niki-scalera-celebrates-the-life-and-career-of-dame-shirley-bassey-in-diamonds-are-forever/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 18:48:50 +0000 https://nkfan.net/niki-scalera-celebrates-the-life-and-career-of-dame-shirley-bassey-in-diamonds-are-forever/ Powerhouse Broadway veteran Niki Scalera celebrates the life and career of Dame Shirley Bassey with her solo cabaret concert Diamonds are forever at the Italian American Club on June 16. Niki brings her unique perspective on the extraordinary life and career of this British megastar, one of the most successful British artists of all time. […]]]>

Powerhouse Broadway veteran Niki Scalera celebrates the life and career of Dame Shirley Bassey with her solo cabaret concert Diamonds are forever at the Italian American Club on June 16.

Niki brings her unique perspective on the extraordinary life and career of this British megastar, one of the most successful British artists of all time.

Dame Bassey is known for her thrilling vocal power, incredible range and passionate performances on concert stages around the world. Inspired by Dame Bassey’s remarkable voice and career, Niki pays special tribute to Dame Bassey but brings to the stage stories of her own journey as a Broadway performer and pop singer as she parallels and contrasts her life and career with those of Dame Bassey.

Niki was one of the star performers of The Cocktail Cabaret at Caesar’s Palace, we will Rock You in Paris, and one of the featured singers with the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra and on Broadway in Disney’s Tarzan. Then, while performing on Broadway as Penny Pingleton in hair sprayshe began bringing her fascination with Dame Bassey to the stage with a cabaret concert at the Laurie Beechman Theater in New York.

Back in Las Vegas, Scalera teamed up with longtime friend and colleague Keith Thompson (Jersey Boys, the showcase of composers). They began to turn the concert into a musical and theatrical tour de force that not only highlights the music and career of Lady Bassey and showcases Niki’s spectacular vocal prowess.

Thompson, with his five-piece live band, delivers fresh and original arrangements of many hit classics made famous by Dame Bassey, such as “This Is My Life”, “I Who Have Nothing”, “I Am What I Am “, “The Greatest Performance of My Life”, “Never, Never, Ever” and, of course, some of Dame Bassey’s most famous hits in the James Bond films. Goldfinger, Moonraker, and Diamonds are forever.

Keith Thompson has been such a huge part of this show. He’s so clever in story and song structure, and I’m grateful to have him as my co-creator and musical director,” Niki says.

“For me, Shirley Bassey is probably the most expressive singer. Along with her amazing and powerful voice, it’s almost impossible not to be moved by her performance. She’s such an inspiration to me – a role model in vocal performance” , says Niki. . “Diamonds are forever is a cadenza of stories and songs featuring the music of the Great Lady Shirley Bassey. I touch on his life experiences and mine, and besides the fact that we have little or nothing in common, I’m able to draw similarities that I think a lot of people can relate to as well.

Niki Scalera celebrates the life and career of Dame Shirley Bassey with her solo cabaret concert, Diamonds are foreverat the Italian American Club, 2333 E. Sahara Ave., on June 16. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a buffet dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Show time is at 8 p.m. Click the link to purchase tickets or call 702-457-3866.

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Coup d’étoile: Experiential travel for close and personal starry experiences https://nkfan.net/coup-detoile-experiential-travel-for-close-and-personal-starry-experiences/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 19:00:00 +0000 https://nkfan.net/coup-detoile-experiential-travel-for-close-and-personal-starry-experiences/ The subject of many paintings, the picturesque scarlet red windmill of Paris is now also the place for memorable vacations. Le Moulin Rouge unveils a secluded room inside the iconic red windmill which has been lavishly designed to transport guests back in time to the late 19th century. Very few know about the space inside […]]]>

The subject of many paintings, the picturesque scarlet red windmill of Paris is now also the place for memorable vacations. Le Moulin Rouge unveils a secluded room inside the iconic red windmill which has been lavishly designed to transport guests back in time to the late 19th century. Very few know about the space inside the windmill, which was never open to the public and can now be booked for one night on Airbnb.

The room is for rent for three nights on June 13, 20 and 27. A romantic three-course rooftop dinner prepared by resident chef Arnaud Demerville, meeting with principal dancer and Airbnb host Claudine Van Den Bergh in her dressing room, and staying inside a sumptuous boudoir are part of the unique Parisian experience. .

This isn’t the first time Airbnb has offered such a unique experience. Last year in Chicago, the McCallister family home from the movie Home Alone was available in December. In fact, actor Devin Ratray — who played Kevin McCallister’s older brother Buzz in the film — was the host of the one-night stay. House of Gucci’s stunning villa was another, Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan and his wife Gauri Khan opened their home in Delhi in 2021. Barbie’s life-size Malibu Dreamhouse was available in 2019 for $60 a night . The iconic Malibu, California dollhouse celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Barbie brand. The home offered sweeping ocean views and glamorous seaside decor in Barbie’s signature style, in addition to a recreation room, home theater, infinity pool, and chill-out area. outdoor meditation, with every corner of the house meant to reflect Barbie’s life. Moulin Rouge was established as a dance hall in 1889, with a cabaret show which included the first performance of Cancan. It was damaged by fire in 1915, but has been restored and is still a performance hall today. The proposed space includes a “cosy boudoir” embellished with a small paper scene in homage to the cabaret spirit. A dress-up area includes vintage costumes, perfume and “effusive fan letters”. It also includes a roof terrace.

Located in the heart of Montmartre, Le Rouge is best known as the birthplace of the French Cancan, a deliciously energetic cabaret and iconic spectacle of the Belle Epoque. In recreating the decorative and stylistic details of this famous period in history, Airbnb worked with renowned 19th-century French historian Jean-Claude Yon to authentically renovate the windmill, exactly as it would have looked. “The Belle Époque era was a time when French culture and arts flourished, and no monument is more emblematic of this period than the Moulin Rouge. This secret room inside the cabaret’s famous windmill has was designed for an authentic journey through time to discover the French capital of the arts during a moment of history.”

The experiential journey is intriguing as it takes you behind the scenes, into the lives and times of favorite icons, popular culture, or shows like the Moulin Rouge while unveiling lesser-known nuances. For example, a guided tour of the mansions of popular icons like Jay Z and Beyonce, Melanie Griffith, Alfred Hitchcock, Cameron Diaz, Keanu Reeves, Leonardo DiCaprio and Halle Berry takes you into the world of stars, what they eat, sleep or celebrate. . The upscale Rodeo Drive, luxurious Beverly Hills, and Hollywood Hills in the United States are celebrity residences and a tourist attraction. An audio guide, map and tour booking app, Action Tour Guide is a GPS-based tour guide app that narrates location-based information to the phone as one experiences driving and walking tours of the places where these stars live, shop and party, and offer exclusive rides to popular mansions.

In India, Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad, a themed holiday destination with the world’s largest film studio complex spanning 2000 acres, offers special tours of all the behind-the-scenes action in Tollywood and Bollywood stars photographed in studios.

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Review: 50 YEARS LATER – It’s still greased lightning in TELL ME MORE, TELL ME MORE: THE GREASE 50TH REUNION At 54 Below https://nkfan.net/review-50-years-later-its-still-greased-lightning-in-tell-me-more-tell-me-more-the-grease-50th-reunion-at-54-below/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 21:03:58 +0000 https://nkfan.net/review-50-years-later-its-still-greased-lightning-in-tell-me-more-tell-me-more-the-grease-50th-reunion-at-54-below/ Heigh-Ho, my happy rainbow family! Bobby Patrick your RAINBOW review here. Put the silent T in cabareT to bring you EVERYTHING the T! Well my dear Rainbow Tribe, Monday night’s landmark Broadway outing was none other than the fabulous celebration, TELL ME MORE, TELL ME MORE: THE 50TH GREASE REUNION At Feinstein’s/54 Below – For […]]]>

Heigh-Ho, my happy rainbow family! Bobby Patrick your RAINBOW review here. Put the silent T in cabareT to bring you EVERYTHING the T!

Well my dear Rainbow Tribe, Monday night’s landmark Broadway outing was none other than the fabulous celebration, TELL ME MORE, TELL ME MORE: THE 50TH GREASE REUNION At Feinstein’s/54 Below – For true queens, GREASE!! Bobby had been on a roll from the moment the boss, the lovable Stephen Mosher, handed over this assignment. The show actually started when we were seated with John and Jackie from Jersey who proved to be the most pleasant dining companions, even offering to buy us a drink or dessert. The conversation we had about life in the city and the shows we love bonded us beautifully before the curtain went up. The other show, the one on stage, was hosted by epic GREASE originals James Canning (Doody) and the beaming Marilu Henner (Marty) who took the audience, many of whom were GREASE alumni, right to the start. in Chicago to tell how the writers composers GREASE, ORIGINAL BROADWAY GREASEJim Jacobs and the late Warren Casey had a chance meeting at a party where discussions of rock & roll musicals led to the sudden realization of the perfect track – GREASE. Launching the setlist, Henner took great pleasure in reminding the crowd that it was his honor to be the first person to sing FREDDY MY LOVE and took even more pleasure when all the former Pink Ladies in the house performed perfectly. responded to backup OOH. and OH YEAAAHs as she sang. Then it was Canning’s turn to tie up his guitar and show that, 50 years later, he still had the pipes for the impossible high THESE MAGIC CHANGES. Daytime drama diva Ilene Kristen – who looks fantastic in a sparkly blue-green mini dress, brought pom poms to Patty Simcox and a load of laughs on stage with her story about her “cut out of the box” number. city” – YEUGHHH! The highlight of the night, however, came when luminous Sandy original Carole Demas brought tears to song and tears of laughter from the house with the comedy soap opera, RAINING ON PROM NIGHT. Ray DeMattis – a replacement Roger James Canning, GREASE, ORIGINAL BROADWAY GREASE– Bee Bopped with Canning on ROCK AND ROLL PARTY QUEEN and proved he still had it on the novelty number regarding his behind, MOONING. Substitute Frenchy, Ellen March brought her make-up bag with her, then masterfully acted out her character’s monologue on washing her program leading to Bob Garrett’s entrance through the house, all in white and with a fabulous voice. for her Teen Angel’s BEAUTY SCHOOL DROP OUT. Finally, it was up to two-time Tony winner Judy Kaye (who, at the time, made her Broadway debut as Rizzo) to bring it all home by hitting THERE ARE WORSE THINGS I COULD DO out of the park, proving that those who trill Mezzo, can also belt Alto.

Marilu Hanner, GREASE, ORIGINAL BROADWAY GREASERay Demattis, James Canning, GREASE, ORIGINAL BROADWAY GREASE

Now my lambs, this is the summary of the evening and as you have read it was a fantastic night without a misstep or a flat note to be heard. It was a golden experience for which the picture painted above is only a pale attempt to convey the magic in this magic club on Monday night. “So Ileane Kristen, GREASE, ORIGINAL BROADWAY GREASEwhere’s your ‘review’, Bobby?” we can almost hear you ask. Well, the review is this – each of the Monday night performers aged 70-82 (yes 82!) brought the fun, the party, and their A-games and put this one as Buster’s Gang. The enthusiasm, the energy, the drive that these actors gave to each other and their audience was the real deal. there wasn’t a single moment when anyone watching at 54 Below considered these certain age artists with an “Awww, aren’t they cute?” because we were all too busy knocking our Bobby socks off all the way to 54th Street. No piece of geriatric memory was this reunion with elders trying to grasp the former glory that passed them by, it was a SHOW put on by people who deserve to have a SHOW anytime, anywhere , and that includes on our beloved Big Street, and we the public deserve to see their show, and oh how Bobby wishes you were all there my lovely rainbow readers. in this era of greater diversity in entertainment, seasoned performers will be included in all new works and productions that are now climbing to open their writing, directing and casting minds. Each Carole Demas, GREASE, ORIGINAL BROADWAY GREASEperformer Monday night is a resource that should be leveraged for our scenes from now on. You see, darlings, musical theater is just that, singing actors of all ages and types acting out moments in song in a way that reaches our souls because the moment is real, powerful, funny, sad, joyful and wonderfully conveyed with as much heart as art. It was TELL ME MORE, TELL ME MORE: THE GREASE 50TH REUNION At Feinstein’s/54 Below, and for this beautiful presentation by these singing actors with the support of their exceptional musical director, Michael Orland, and the prompt direction of Tom Moore, Bobby has to give them the full…

5 out of 5 rainbows… (And if you lambs want to get a real feel for this deal, check out more not-too-shabby photos of Bobby below.)

PS – John & Jackie, thanks for sharing this memory, and for heaven’s sake wasn’t it worth the blanket and minimal food/bevvie just to get up and dance with the pandemonium that was – US LET’S GO TOGETHER.

Reunion shows often happen at 54 below and you should keep an eye on their schedule: HERE

All photos by Yours Truly, Bobby Patrick

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Shannon Daley returns to Don’t Tell Mama with “Does Anyone Have a Map?” https://nkfan.net/shannon-daley-returns-to-dont-tell-mama-with-does-anyone-have-a-map/ Sun, 05 Jun 2022 14:09:40 +0000 https://nkfan.net/shannon-daley-returns-to-dont-tell-mama-with-does-anyone-have-a-map/ Shannon Daley returns to Don’t Tell Mama for encore performances of her first cabaret show “Anybody Have A Map?” June 12 and 18 at 3 p.m. (www.donttellmamanyc.com, 343 West 46th Street, NYC, 212-757-0788). Directed by Lennie Watts, with musical director Steven Ray Watkins, Sean Murphy on bass and Don Kelly on drums, and featuring his […]]]>

Shannon Daley returns to Don’t Tell Mama for encore performances of her first cabaret show “Anybody Have A Map?” June 12 and 18 at 3 p.m. (www.donttellmamanyc.com, 343 West 46th Street, NYC, 212-757-0788).

Directed by Lennie Watts, with musical director Steven Ray Watkins, Sean Murphy on bass and Don Kelly on drums, and featuring his son, Rafi Martinez – this show takes us on Shannon’s personal journey of becoming an empty nest and rediscovering and pursuing their dreams during a pandemic. There’s an eclectic mix of songs from new and old Broadway artists, American Songbook, rock and pop hits, plus four parodies she wrote. This show premiered at Don’t Tell Mama on October 3, 2021.

Prior to starting her family, Shannon was pursuing a career in stage acting. She studied acting at SUNY New Paltz and her regional musical credits include Mary Magdalene in “Jesus Christ Superstar”, Sheila in “Hair”, Mallory in “City of Angels”, and Johanna in “Sweeney Todd”. Direct acting credits include Sarah from “Children of a Lesser God”, Ariel from “Tempest”, Isabella from “Measure for Measure”, Rosalind from “As You Like It”, and Madge from “Picnic”.

“Anyone have a map?” June 12 and 18, 2022 at 3 p.m. at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, New York, NY. For reservations, call 212-757-0788. There is a $15 entry fee and a $20/2 drink minimum. Cash only. For online reservations, visit www.donttellmamanyc.com.

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Steamboat Cabaret celebrates its 40th anniversary https://nkfan.net/steamboat-cabaret-celebrates-its-40th-anniversary/ Thu, 02 Jun 2022 23:59:13 +0000 https://nkfan.net/steamboat-cabaret-celebrates-its-40th-anniversary/ A poster for the Steamboat Creates Cabaret fundraiser, celebrating 40 years of Cabaret and the 50th anniversary of Steamboat Creates, June 2, 2022.Steamboat creates/courtesy image A tradition that dates back to the early 1980s will continue next week. Presented by Steamboat Creates, local artists will kick off their annual cabaret performance and fundraiser on Wednesday, […]]]>

A poster for the Steamboat Creates Cabaret fundraiser, celebrating 40 years of Cabaret and the 50th anniversary of Steamboat Creates, June 2, 2022.
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A tradition that dates back to the early 1980s will continue next week. Presented by Steamboat Creates, local artists will kick off their annual cabaret performance and fundraiser on Wednesday, June 8 and run through June 11 at the Depot Art Center.

Steamboat Creates, officially known as the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, dates back to 1972 and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, while its popular Cabaret fundraiser celebrates its 40th anniversary.

“Cabaret is one of Steamboat Creates’ biggest fundraisers and has a wonderful legacy,” said Kim Keith, Executive Director of Steamboat Creates.



The show will include skits and songs that will poke fun at Steamboat Springs and all of its idiosyncrasies. Audiences can expect jokes on localized topics such as pickleball, poodles, physical therapy and the Yampa Valley Electric Association, according to Paula Salky, one of the two co-directors of this year’s show.

“It’s just going to be a wonderful mix of everything in our valley,” Salky said.



Salky says it’s a large group compared to previous years, around 40 people, mixing cabaret veterans with eight newcomers.

Back row left to right: Roy Powell, Ann Marie Huddleston, Tom Keenan, Gabriel Rogers, Angie Gamble, Katie WestFront row left to right: Alexa Taylor, Marje Tracey, Helen Beall, Barb Fix, Janie Christenson — June 2, 2022.
Paula Salky/Courtesy Photo

Expect to hear popular songs rewritten with Yampa Valley-specific lyrics, ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic-style, and expect to see short skits that were written from scratch by the performers themselves themselves.

“They don’t do anything like that in Vail,” said Kris Hammond, who has been performing in Cabaret since 1992. “For a very amateur show, Cabaret is really good.”

Hammond says the early cabaret shows were traditional talent shows, but over time they’ve become a showcase for original content that tackles the local community. For many years, Hammond played the role of an original character called “The Postman”, who reads various lost letters from across the community to the audience. He will reprise that role again on next week’s show.

According to Brad Kindred, who has been involved with Steamboat Creates since 1985, the annual cabaret show started organically, mostly by local teachers. He says he saw 12 kids who went through Steamboat Creates or the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp who grew up to pursue careers in the performing arts.

Still, Kindred says he would like to see the city have a dedicated performing arts center. The Chief Theatre, which has long hosted Cabaret, closed during the pandemic and was due to reopen early this year after renovations, but that schedule has been pushed back indefinitely.

The Depot Art Center was the location of the first cabaret 40 years ago, and since then the venue has changed a lot. Last year it was at Howelsen Hill, and the year before that it was on the Internet.

Rehearsals began June 1, and the cast won’t be able to practice at the Depot Art Center until Sunday, June 5. According to Hammond, their first rehearsal was as chaotic as one would expect for a first practice.

“It’s hard to believe there will actually be a show in a week after watching the first rehearsal last night,” Hammond said. “But it’s the same every year. It never changes.

Shows start at 6:30 p.m. from Wednesday June 8 to Saturday June 11. For general admission, doors open at 6:00 p.m. For VIPs and sponsors, doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available on steamboatcreates. org/opportunities/cabaret/ and are $40 for general admission and $75 for VIP admission and include hors d’oeuvres and a drink.

Ticket sales go to support Steamboat Creates, which supports community art and artists.

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Disappeared in Havana – The Brooklyn Rail https://nkfan.net/disappeared-in-havana-the-brooklyn-rail/ Wed, 01 Jun 2022 12:39:44 +0000 https://nkfan.net/disappeared-in-havana-the-brooklyn-rail/ Havana’s Cabaret Las Vegas is one of the most eccentric nightclubs in the world: a seedy state-owned bar that a decade ago was officially named Cuba’s first gay nightclub ( to my knowledge, this is the only gay bar in the world opened by military decree). Inside, government workers in socialist uniforms speak apathetically to […]]]>

Havana’s Cabaret Las Vegas is one of the most eccentric nightclubs in the world: a seedy state-owned bar that a decade ago was officially named Cuba’s first gay nightclub ( to my knowledge, this is the only gay bar in the world opened by military decree). Inside, government workers in socialist uniforms speak apathetically to an audience that includes: drag queens dressed in gold lamé dresses, chubby Miami Cubans wearing heavy gold chains, hustlers who just arrived from the countryside, middle-class queens bumping into her for the night, aging Italians looking for a Latin Tadzio, and even the odd American tourist who seems to have gotten the wrong cabaret.

In the years since Obama’s trip to Havana and the reopening of the US Embassy in 2015, Las Vegas has made appearances in several novels about the city’s nightlife by American authors and English. In all of these cases, Las Vegas is portrayed as one of the darkest cabarets in town, with its nightly drag shows and pauper’s dance numbers.

Despite its humble appearance and nondescript facade, Las Vegas has an illustrious literary and cultural history dating back to the years before the Revolution. At Guillermo Cabrera Infante Three trapped tigers (1966) – the best novel about Cuba of the 1950s – the club appears like a dive where the protagonists drink themselves to oblivion while listening to La Estrella – a black singer inspired by the real Freddy – sing boleros.

Cabaret Las Vegas opened in the 1950s, when Havana was teeming with cabarets, casinos, and American tourists. Gangsters like Santo Trafficante and Meyer Lansky lived the city life and made millions through gambling. El Tropicana and the Hotel Nacional were filled with Americans, but Las Vegas, from the start, was a space for indifferent Cubans. to pomp.

But who created this most unusual cabaret? In Three trapped tigersCabrera Infante mentions that one night the police descended on Las Vegas, arrested the owner – identified in the novel as Lalo Vegas – and charged him with drug trafficking.

The novelist got his name slightly wrong, but the story of the arrest holds up. The real name of the owner was César Vega Pelegrino. The cabaret was just one of the many adventures, crazy projects and mad projects he dreamed up in what seems like a very long life.

Vega was born on April 15, 1925 in Santiago, Cuba’s second largest city, to a wealthy family. In his late teens, he moved to the capital to attend the University of Havana, where he befriended Fidel Castro, who was enrolled in law school.

They both opposed dictatorships in Latin America – there were many of them at the time – and in 1947, when Vega was 22, they joined a few hundred Cuban adventurers on an ill-fated military expedition to the Dominican Republic. intended to bring down dictator Rafael Trujillo. Castro and Vega escaped unscathed.

After Fulgencio Batista took power in 1952, Castro and Vega worked to bring down the dictator through violent means. In 1953 Castro launched a failed attack on the Moncada military barracks in Santiago and spent the following years in prison and then in Mexican exile, before returning to the island in 1957 to lead the guerrilla movement in the Sierra Maestra. At the same time, Vega shuttled between Miami and Havana until in 1958 he was arrested in the Florida Keys, along with 29 other young Cubans about to set sail on a boat loaded with automatic weapons in what was to be a coup against Batista. . A federal grand jury charged the group with “conspiracy to undertake a military expedition against a foreign state with which the United States was at peace.” Vega has been identified as the gang leader. Around the same time, he took part in another failed expedition to conquer Cayo Sal, an island in the Bahamas long disputed by Cuba. This obsession with the islands earned him the nickname Kid Cayo.

Amid these plots, Vega opened Cabaret Las Vegas on Calle Infanta. Vega’s social circle comprised three distinct groups: freedom fighters like Castro; socialites from Vedado and Miramar; and American gangsters who controlled most of the city’s nightlife. These three groups have never mixed, except at Cabaret Las Vegas. Castro was a notorious puritan who stayed away from drinking, dancing and sex for most of his life, but if he ever set foot in a cabaret in Havana, it would be in Las Vegas of his friend Cesar.

On January 1, 1959, Castro’s guerrillas marched on Havana. Batista had fled the island the previous night. The new government closed casinos and cabarets but, after workers protested the loss of their livelihoods, Castro ordered owners, including Vega, to reopen them.

Although Las Vegas had reopened, Vega seemed more interested in continuing his groundbreaking business. In November 1959, he led another groundbreaking maritime expedition, this time to Panama. The incident provokes a diplomatic crisis: the United States and nineteen Latin American countries offer their assistance to Panama to put down the rebellion.

This latest adventure seems to have caused a rift between Castro and Vega, who left Cuba in the early 1960s. He was sighted in Costa Rica and Puerto Rico, but eventually settled in Miami. I couldn’t find any trace of him since the early sixties, except for a few census records that listed his various addresses in Miami.

While writing this article, I came across an online presentation of Michelle Ayala, Vega’s granddaughter, sketching some scenes from her post-Cuban life. Apparently Vega got married in Puerto Rico in the sixties before moving to Miami where he started his own church. He had six children with four different women and was arrested sixteen times in his life. I couldn’t find an obituary for him, so he might still be alive: if he is, he’d be ninety-seven. I was last in Havana in March 2022. Las Vegas is still going strong, with drag shows three times a week.

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Rhonda Burchmore brings ‘Cabaret de Paris’ to Perth | OUTInPerth https://nkfan.net/rhonda-burchmore-brings-cabaret-de-paris-to-perth-outinperth/ Sun, 29 May 2022 13:53:40 +0000 https://nkfan.net/rhonda-burchmore-brings-cabaret-de-paris-to-perth-outinperth/ After sold-out shows in Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide, the spectacular stage Paris Cabaret returns to the Crown Theater Perth on Saturday June 4. The show promises to transport you to the atmosphere and excitement of a Parisian-themed revue with a parade of first-class performers and the daring beauty of exquisitely jeweled dancers. Paris Cabaret celebrates […]]]>

After sold-out shows in Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide, the spectacular stage Paris Cabaret returns to the Crown Theater Perth on Saturday June 4.

The show promises to transport you to the atmosphere and excitement of a Parisian-themed revue with a parade of first-class performers and the daring beauty of exquisitely jeweled dancers.

Paris Cabaret celebrates old-fashioned showgirl glamor combined with the skill of adagio dancers, aerial pole art, comedic circus performers, speed acts, illusionists and of course the famous French Cancan dancers.

Don’t miss your chance to fall under the spell of Australia’s Leading Lady, Rhonda Burchmore, the legendary showgirl and singer who has performed all over the world, from London’s West End to New York’s Broadway, from the Opera of Sydney at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne.

Rhonda said the show allowed her to live her dream of being a Parisian showgirl.

“Ever since I was little, I have dreamed of being on stage with these glorious showgirls from the Moulin Rouge and Lido cabaret. Finally, my dream has come true and I am delighted to announce that I will be joining the spectacular Cabaret De Paris to sing, dance and be entertained in this super glamorous and breathtakingly beautiful show.

Rhonda will be joined by the absolute crème de la crème of Australia’s leading showgirls, who have graced the stages of the Moulin Rouge, Lido and other French cabaret revues in this spectacular 90-minute production.

The show also features acclaimed illusionist and Australia’s Got Talent finalist Michael Boyd, who will perform some of his greatest illusions, breathtaking disappearances and incredible magic that will delight all audiences.

Producer and performer Michael Boyd said he was delighted to bring the show back to Perth with a new star.

“I am absolutely thrilled to bring back Cabaret de Paris and our new star Rhonda Burchmore. She brings audiences new French cabaret songs and even a burlesque strip number, oohh la la! In the Encore tour, we go further than ever with new acts, elaborate costumes, feathers, jewels and sequins that barely cover. With current world events, we all need pure escapism, and Cabaret de Paris offers just that and more – pure indulgence and entertainment at its finest.

Cabaret de Paris is choreographed by Todd Patrick, one of Australia’s dance leaders who began his formidable career with Disney, before working for Versace, Dior, Issey Miyaki, Gucci and Chanel, across Europe and the USA. Asia, plus exciting new acts by acclaimed choreographer Matt Brownin.

Book your tickets for the show now.

Source: press release


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