New Cabaret Revue, Dogs That Wear Hats, Doffs Itself June 27-28

News   New Cabaret Revue, Dogs That Wear Hats, Doffs Itself June 27-28 Dogs That Wear Hats, a revue of songs by composer Michael Shaieb and lyricist Stephen Tomac, is the latest new work in Genesius Theatre Guild's Upstairs@Red series in Manhattan, June 27-28.

The 9 PM performances are directed by Tomac, with musical direction by Shaieb. The two attended the NYU Tisch School's graduate musical theatre writing program but didn't collaborate until after their grad work.

The developing new show has its seeds in an evening of Shaieb's music, also called Dogs That Wear Hats, that was heard in fall 2002 downtown. At the time, Shaieb was trying to write lyrics to some standalone songs, but wasn't happy with the results, so he invited Tomac to collaborate; they have now expanded the work.

The evenings feature singers Tituss Burgess, Alex Gemignani (Avenue Q), Erin Leigh Peck and Bersy Werbel.

Tomac penned a musical, Kingdom Come, about the life of a hot disco-era dance spot, with composer Josh Kant. Shaieb wrote music for a musical called Golden State (based on the novel, "The Octopus") and wrote the new musical, Go Bo Beach, with John Wimbs and Brent Lord. The latter has been seen in New York readings.

The writers bill the show as an "alternative cabaret" about "fitting in and finding your way." Admission is $15 with a two-drink minimum at the theatre-district eatery and watering hole called Red, 356 W. 44th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues. For tickets, call SmartTix at (212) 868-4444.

Genesius Guild is the not-for-profit company devoted to developing new talent, new plays and new musicals. For more information, visit www.genesiusguild.org.