Although the roster of performers is far from being finalized, The 13th Annual Cabaret Convention — Oct. 21 through Oct. 27 — will join the bandwagon with three evenings celebrating the music of the late Richard Rodgers. Performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-26, are entitled "Some Enchanted Evenings: Parts I, II and III" and will offer songs from the composer of South Pacific, Carousel, Flower Drum Song, The Boys From Syracuse, Pal Joey, The Sound of Music and Oklahoma! The first of the three evenings will be hosted by Rodgers' daughter, composer Mary Rodgers.
The annual Cabaret Convention, celebrating both new and veteran stars of the cabaret field, will be held at New York's Town Hall at 123 West 43rd Street. Tickets to the event, which is presented by The Mabel Mercer Foundation, range in price from $25 to $250; order forms are available by going to www.mabelmercer.org or by calling (212) 980-3026.
What follows is a preliminary list of performers for this year's annual event.
Monday, October 21: The Gala Opening Night
Ann Hampton Callaway, Barbara Carroll, Claiborne Cary, Mark Coffin, Tovah Feldshuh, Natalie Gamsu, Jason Graae, Jeff Harnar, Melissa Langton, Amanda McBroom, Colleen McHugh, Sidney Myer, Denise Perrier, Thos Shipley and Wesla Whitfield
Tuesday, October 22: Cabaret Americana
Hosted by Andrea Marcovicci
Barbara Brussell, Charles Cermele, Meagan Caratti, Natalie Douglas, Lawrence Hamilton, Justin Hayford, Laurie Krauz, Lee Lessack, Jeanne MacDonald, Patty Morabito, Sandra Reaves Phillips and Maureen Kelly Stewart Wednesday, October 23: Cabaret Tonight!
Ruth Allen, Bobby Belfry, Dina Joy Byrd, Chris Calloway, Eric Comstock, BJ Crosby, Dena De Rose, Baby Jane Dexter, David Gurland, Johnny Rodgers, Anika Noni Rose, Stacey Sullivan and Lumiri Tubo
Thursday, October 24: Some Enchanted Evenings: Part I
Co-hosted by Mary Rodgers
Tom Andersen, Klea Blackhurst, Martin Charnin, Sheldon Harnick, Celeste Holm, Maureen McGovern, Patricia Morison, John Raitt, Julie Reyburn, Jeanne Scherkenbach, Constance Towers, Richard White and Margaret Whiting
Friday, October 25: Some Enchanted Evenings: Part II
Kirsten Benton & Stan Chandler, Joyce Breach, Bill Charlap, Mary Foster Conklin, Brian De Lorenzo, Judy Kaye, Barbara Luna, Phillip Officer, Georga Osborne, Sandy Stewart and Larry Woodard
Saturday, October 26: Some Enchanted Evenings: Part III
John Barrowman, Richard Rodney Bennett, Scott Coulter, Mary Cleere Haran, Heather Mac Rae, Sylvia McNair, Mark Nadler, Craig Rubano, Walter Willison and Julie Wilson
—By Andrew Gans