The three weeks of live music and performances will kick off July 7 with "Revenge of the Understudies II," which features performances by the understudies of this season's Signature productions. Show times are 7:30 and 9:30 PM.
Washington-area chanteuse Judy Simmons will perform July 10 at 7:30 pm, and she will be followed at 9:30 PM by Washington Improv Theatre's iMusical: The Improvised Musical, "amazing improvised scenes, lyrics, and music, all inspired by a single audience suggestion," according to the Signature.
Helen Hayes winner Will Gartshore will perform his cabaret act Perfect/Finite July 11 at 7:30 and 9:30 PM. Expect "an eclectic combination of pop, rock, and contemporary theater songs of auspicious beginnings, messy endings, and love's beautiful flaws."
The second week of the series will include actor Stephen Gregory Smith (July 15 at 8:30 PM), theatre composer Peter Lerman (July 16 at 8:30 PM), former Broadway "Dreamgirl" Julia Nixon (July 17 at 7:30 and 9:30 PM), Taboo Tony nominee Euan Morton (July 18 and 19 at 7:30 PM) and comic and cabaret performer Colleen McHugh (July 18 at 9:30 PM). Side Show Tony nominee Emily Skinner will entertain audiences July 21 at 8:30 PM. On July 22 Signature will present "Next Generation Composer Cabaret," featuring the work of up-n-coming musical theatre composers Gabriel Kahane, Adam Gwon, Peter Foley, Marisa Michelson and Matt Conner.
All performances take place in Signature Theatre's modern theatre complex. Tickets for all cabarets are $20 general admission; an all-access cabaret pass costs $75. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or by calling Ticketmaster at (703) 573-SEAT (7328) or by visiting www.signature-theatre.org.
As previously announced, readings of the new musicals The Hollow and The Boy Detective Fails will be presented July 23-24.