Monday, December 29, 2008

St. Louis Cabaret announces
shows for winter/spring 2009

When the Cabaret at Savor closed in late June, impresario Jim Dolan vowed that he'd be back presenting shows before long. True to his word, Dolan has formed a new not-for-profit organization called Cabaret St. Louis, and after presenting several shows this fall, now he has announced a schedule of shows to be held at the Sheldon Concert Hall and the new Kranzberg Center for the Arts during the winter and spring of 2009.

The schedule kicks off with Liz Callaway (pictured), the sister of longtime St. Louis favorite, singer and pianist Ann Hampton Callaway, on Thursday, February 5 and Friday, February 6 at The Sheldon.

Next up is Tom Wopat, who will appear Wednesday, February 11 through Saturday, February 14 at the Kranzberg Arts Center, which is located just south of the Fox Theatre at 501 N. Grand. Then it's Barb Jungr, who performs Wednesday, March 11 through Saturday, March 14 at the KAC, followed by Marilyn Maye, who returns to St. Louis with her trio of Tedd Firth (music director and piano), Gerald Spaits (bass) and Jim Eklof (drums) to sing on Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20 at The Sheldon.

For its next event, St. Louis Cabaret will stage a benefit concert and gala featuring Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin on Thursday, April 2 at the Fox Theatre. The organization's winter/spring season then wraps up with Lina Koutrakos, who will perform Wednesday, April 22 through Saturday, April 25 at the Kranzberg Arts Center, and female impersonator Jeffery Roberson as "Varla Jean Merman" at the Sheldon on Friday, May 1.

Tickets for all St. Louis Cabaret shows are available via Metrotix. And as a side note, while these shows emphasize performers who are coming from the musical theater side of cabaret, Dolan also has said he plans to revive the "Cabaret in Blue" series, which featured St. Louis blues and jazz performers. While no date has been announced for the return of "Cabaret in Blue," one source has told StLJN that it could be back in the summer or fall of 2009, so stay tuned.

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