The stars are coming out in full force in a galaxy of brightness and sparkle for the Tenth Annual Cabaret Conference at Yale. If you’ve never enjoyed the shine and verve of this special week, you are depriving yourself of a theatrical treat. Bucket lists need to be updated immediately.
Wikipedia lists 73 pages if cabaret singers and it doesn’t even scratch the surface. Imagine yourself at an intimate nightclub, in a haze of blue smoke, with a martini in hand, and sit back and enjoy the ambiance and atmosphere that only a cabaret singer can create. Lyrics, risqué and clever, sultry and salty, are interpreted in a language that will delight the ears, tantalize the eyes and percolate all your internal organs.
New York impresario Erv Raible has once again assembled a musical menu guaranteed to please. As Executive Director and Artistic Director, he is responsible for auditioning the thirty-six students from all over the world who will come to Yale University for an intensive and extensive nine-day infusion of cabaret song stylings from the masters Raible has invited to teach by example. These are the professionals who earn their daily pumpernickel bread by warbling out the classics, pop, jazz and musical theater that mark their art.
From Friday, July 27 to Sunday, August 5, Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel Street, New Haven is THE place to be. The conference will open to the public on Saturday, July 28 with Sizzling Summer Night when Jeff Harnar and Sally Mayes perform. On Sunday, July 29 the prestigious faculty will take a star turn on stage giving the new students a tantalizing taste of what awaits them all week. Come hear Faith Prince, Sally Mayes, Amanda McBroom, Sharon McNight, Jeff Harnar, Julie Wilson, Tex Arnold, Carol Hall and Erv Raible, accompanied by Alex Rybeck and Ian Herman on piano. Thursday, August 2 will bring Women Songwriters Past and Present to the spotlight when Linn Maxwell and Amanda McBroom take the microphone. Fabulous Broadway Babies on Friday, August 3 will feature Sharon McNight and Faith Prince.
On Saturday, August 4, the cadre of students will strut their own newly honed stuff as the Cabaret Stars of Tomorrow take the stage.
For tickets ($35, seniors $25, students $15), call 203-432-1234 and please go online to www.thecabaretconferenceatyale.com for a delightful musical introduction to the festivities. All performances are at 7:30 p.m.
Let the stars shine and bathe you in their illumination of musical pleasure.