Songwriter Michael Ogborn Sings His Work in Arden Cabaret, in Philly, Dec. 9-10

News   Songwriter Michael Ogborn Sings His Work in Arden Cabaret, in Philly, Dec. 9-10 Philadelphia native son Michael Ogborn, the songwriter behind Philly favorites Baby Case, Box Office of the Damned and Café Puttanesca, performs his songs at a piano in Arden Theatre Company's "Cabaret at the Arden" Dec. 9-10.

A Barrymore Award-winning composer and lyricist, Ogborn is a Philadelphia-born New York writer who has found an artistic home at Philadelphia's Arden, the respected Equity company that produced full stagings of Baby Case (a musical fantasia about the media hype and personalities surrounding the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh's baby) and Café Puttanesca (a musical about prostitutes who gather in a boite to swap war stories in the form of delicious pastiche songs).

In his solo cabaret turn, 8 PM Dec. 9-10, Ogborn will share personal tales, sing both new songs and his favorites — including tunes from his Arden shows. Ogborn is working on a new musical inspired by the physical ruins of American cities, A Tour of the Ruins, aiming for a 2006 workshop at the Arden. His Used Faces cabaret played New York City in 2004.

Ogborn's Baby Case won four 2002 Barrymore Awards, Philly's highest theatre honor, for Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical, Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical, Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical (Scott Greer) and Outstanding Original Music (Ogborn).

With playwright-librettist Michael Hollinger, he is writing Tulipomania, a musical comedy about a man (and his family) who get caught up in the Dutch tulip trading craze of 1637, "and mayhem ensues," he told Playbill.com.

"It was the first example of futures trading bottoming out and affecting a sizable group of people who were looking to get rich quick," Ogborn said. "As tulip bulbs were traded like gold and auctioned off to the highest bidder, people gained and lost fortunes in one day. It's still early in the process so right now all we can guarantee is that there will be a lot of Dutch people singing about tulips." *

Tickets are $25 for seating in the audience and $30 for seats at café tables on the main floor. All seating is reserved. Patrons are encouraged to bring wine and picnic-style dinner.

Tickets may be purchased by calling the Arden box office at (215) 922-1122, in person at 40 N. 2nd Street in Philadelphia or online at www.ardentheatre.org.