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Sarah Stiles sings in a cabaret at Theater Aspen from 2018. | Mike Lyons Photography/For the Aspen Theater
Mike Lyons Photography/For the Aspen Theater

Theater Aspen begins its Summer Cabaret series on Sunday, with a musical performance by Sarah Stiles and longtime local favorites and special guests Nina Gabianelli, Sonya Meyer and Sally Swallow.

Stiles starred alongside Kevin James in the Netflix comedy “The Crew.” She is also one of the stars of the critically acclaimed Epix original series “Get Shorty.” She is a two-time Tony Award nominee for her role as Sandy in the Broadway production of “Tootsie” and her performance as Jessica in “Hand to God.” She is currently recurring on Showtime’s “Billions.” Her other Broadway productions include “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever”, “Kate/Lucy”, “Avenue Q”, and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”. Stiles wrote his solo show “Squirrel Heart” and performed it to a sold-out audience at Joe’s Pub at the Public in New York City.

The cabaret series, in its fourth season, moves to the Jerome Hotel on the heels of a successful holiday cabaret show at the same location in downtown Aspen. Last winter, Broadway singers joined in with a dance element in the form of performers from DanceAspen.

“People said it was their favorite part of the show,” said Laurel Winton, Founder and Executive Director of DanceAspen.

“This will be the first summer of our cabaret partnership with the Hôtel Jérôme. We couldn’t be happier,” echoed Theater Aspen production manager Jed Bernstein.

Three separate cabaret events, July 10 and August 7 and 14, will round out Theater Aspen’s summer offerings.

DanceAspen dancers prepare to take the stage ahead of their performance on August 14. Unlike the holiday show, this will be more of a dance-oriented cabaret.

“Instead of being complementary to the singers, we’re going to be part of the main event,” Winton said.

They will officially begin choreographing the show in mid-July, collaborating with other artists and performers, but are already sprouting ideas.

“Hotel Jérôme’s space is great. Dancers need plenty of room to move and need an environment that represents beauty, culture and art, and the Jerome encompasses all of that,” she said. “Le Jérôme is such an emblematic place in the city. It has its own vibe and its own stories.

Cabarets are intended to be completely unique to each organization’s current slate of offerings.

“The Summer Cabaret Series is part of Theater Aspen’s commitment to expanding our programming in every way and to as many viewers as possible,” Bernstein said.

“I’m excited about the energy around DanceAspen and how encouraged we are to keep doing what we love,” Winton said. “With this ongoing partnership with Theater Aspen, we want to give people a better understanding of what we do.”

In addition to the artistic performance, the dinner stands out. Typical gourmet dishes include an offering of heirloom tomatoes, Black Angus beef tenderloin with vegetable sides and raspberry mousse cake for dessert.

“What’s more fun on a beautiful summer evening than great food and great music?” said Bernstein.

So get ready to dig in and start celebrating. This way: your table is waiting for you.

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