Palm Springs Art Museum announces CABARET 88 artists


The Palm Springs Art Museum has announced that the popular Cabaret 88 performance series will return to the Annenberg Theater from January 2022. Four Broadway headliners, including three Tony Award winners, will perform three nights each between January and April. The Cabaret 88 program, which takes place on the theater stage, has been suspended for the 2020/2021 season due to the museum’s closure during COVID.

The series debut will be Hugh Panaro on January 17, 18 and 19. Panaro is best known for performing the Phantom in The Phantom of the Broadway Opera over 2,000 times, including the 25th anniversary production. He is one of the few actors to be chosen by director Harold Prince to play both the ghost and Raoul in the Broadway production of the series. Panaro made his Broadway debut in the original production of LES MISERABLES as Marius, the role he played in the First National Company. He was nominated for an Outer Critic Circle Award for his performance in the title role of Elton John’s Lestat.

Panaro will be followed by Beth Level on February 14, 15 and 16. For her performance as the main character in The Drowsy Chaperone, Leavel received the Tony, Drama Desk, NY Outer Critics Circle and LA Drama Critics awards. She was also recognized for her performance on the critically acclaimed Broadway show, The Prom, and received Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for her role as Florence Greenberg in Baby It’s You. Leavel will soon bring the iconic role of Miranda Priestly to the Broadway stage in the anticipated production of The Devil Wears Prada.

Lillias White appears on March 21, 22 and 23. Her performance in Cy Coleman’s Broadway musical The Life won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, and she was nominated for a second Tony for Fela! Additional Broadway credits include Barnum, Dreamgirls, Cats, Carrie, Once on This Island, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Chicago. White received a Daytime Emmy Award for her role as Lillian Edwards on Sesame Street and was recently featured in Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix series The Get Down.

Santino Fontana closes the Cabaret 88 season on April 11, 12 and 13. He received a Tony Award for his performance in the musical version of Tootsie, and also won two Drama Desk Awards, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Lortel Award, an Obie Award and a Clarence Derwent Award in a mix of plays. and musicals. Fontana’s Broadway credits include Hello Dolly, Act One, Cinderella, and The Importance of Being Consistent, and he’s perhaps best known for lending his voice to Prince Hans in Disney’s animated film, The Queen. of snow. Her television appearances include The Marvelous Mrs. Masiel, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Shades of Blue.

Tickets for the Cabaret 88 series are first made available to former subscribers via individual invitations. The remaining tickets will then be offered to museum members for purchase.

Cabaret 88 is co-chaired by Terri Ketover, David Zippel, Tom Truhe and the museum’s new Executive Director / CEO, JoAnn McGrath, Adam Lerner. Zippel, a Tony Award-winning lyricist, will host “A New Chapter for the Museum: A Conversation with Adam Lerner” at the Annenberg Theater on December 6, in which the two will discuss plans for future public programming, including Cabaret 88. The event will feature a musical performance by acclaimed TV and Broadway artist Carly Hughes with accompaniment by Michael Orland, and is sponsored by David Kaplan & Glenn Ostergaard and the Brautigam / Kaplan Foundation.

For more information on the Palm Springs Art Museum’s exhibits, programs and events, please visit or call (760) 322-4800.


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