Singers Line Up for Chicago Cabaret Convention

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From March 9-11, the city of Chicago will host its first Cabaret Convention since 2003. Presented by the Mabel Mercer Foundation, the weekend devoted to the American popular song will kick off with a black-tie gala March 9 in the Empire Room of The Palmer House Hilton.

That evening will feature performances by Eileen Fulton, Banu Gibson, Shelley MacArthur, Mark Nadler, Georga Osborne, Nancy Osborne, Steve Ross, Craig Rubano, David Staller, KT Sullivan, Lumiri Tubo and Susan Werner. Show time is 8 PM.

The March 10 and 11 evenings, also commencing at 8 PM, will be held at Park West. Those scheduled to perform March 10 include Tony Andriacchi, Jeff Harnar, Andrea Marcovicci, Laurel Massé, Beckie Menzie, Tom Michael, Mark Nadler, Georga Osborne, Suzanne Petri, Steve Ross, Spider Saloff and Marcus Simeone.

The final evening will include such talents as Klea Blackhurst, Stephanie Browning, Joan Curto, Justin Hayford, Valerie Lemon, Rosalyn McClore, Colleen McHugh, Patti Morabito, Sidney Myer, Phillip Officer, KT Sullivan and Robert Whorton.

About the upcoming convention, Mabel Mercer Foundation Executive Director Donald F. Smith said in a statement, “Chicago has always been one of the preeminent cities in the world in terms of its appreciation for music. The audiences in Chicago were wonderfully enthusiastic during our earlier appearances; the people there seem to hold a special affection and affinity for the great popular songs of Broadway and Hollywood, whether classics by George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin — the more contemporary numbers by Stephen Sondheim and Jerry Herman — or the brand-new offerings from the young composers and lyricists of today. Cabaret is now one of the very few places those remarkable melodies and words can be heard . . . As a result, we’ve repeatedly been asked to bring back the Convention to Chicago. With that kind of demand, we’re delighted to once again showcase this material locally, along with the performers who specialize in performing it.”

For ticket information call (212) 980-3026 or e-mail the Mabel Mercer Foundation at Donald.smith@mabelmercer.org. The Mabel Mercer Foundation is located on the web at www.mabelmercer.org.

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