Ana Gasteyer, Leslie Uggams, Annaleigh Ashford, Sierra Boggess and More Will Highlight Bay Area Cabaret Season

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05 Aug 2014

Annaleigh Ashford
Annaleigh Ashford

Bay Area Cabaret has announced the lineup for its 11th annual season.

The not-for profit organization founded by Marilyn Levinson will feature "Saturday Night Live" star Ana Gasteyer, Grammy-winning pianist and composer Ramsey Lewis with John Pizzarelli, Tony winner Lillias White with Grammy winner Billy Stritch and more at the Fairmont San Francisco's Venetian Room.

The season-at-a-glance follows.

Opening Night Gala
Celebrating Stephen Schwartz
Sept. 27 at 8 PM
Venetian Room of the Fairmont San Francisco

"Bay Area Cabaret's Opening Night Gala celebrates one of our nation's finest living songwriter/composers, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell, 'Pocahontas,' 'Enchanted,' 'Prince of Egypt'). The evening will feature performances by 'Saturday Night Live''s Ana Gasteyer, who performed the role of Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway, and by two masterful interpreters of Schwartz' work, Liz Callaway and Michael McCorry Rose. Mr. Schwartz will perform his own work, and be interviewed on stage by ASCAP's Director of Musical Theatre Michael Kerker."

Leslie Uggams in
Classic Uggams
Nov. 2 at 5 PM
Venetian Room of the Fairmont San Francisco
950 Mason Street, atop Nob Hill, San Francisco

"Bay Area Cabaret is honored to present Tony and Emmy Award winning actress/singer Leslie Uggams in her first Bay Area concert in more than two decades. Celebrating over 60 years in show business, Ms. Uggams has starred on television, films, and Broadway, and has recorded more than fifteen albums."



Sierra Boggess
Dec. 7 at 5 PM
Venetian Room of the Fairmont San Francisco

"Bay Area Cabaret is thrilled to present Broadway star and Olivier Award nominee Sierra Boggess in her Venetian Room debut. Ms. Boggess was chosen by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber to star as Christine Daae in the Las Vegas production of Phantom Of The Opera. She quickly made her Broadway debut when she was cast as Ariel in The Little Mermaid (opposite Norm Lewis), receiving Drama Desk and Drama League Award nominations for Best Actress in a Musical. In 2009, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber cast Ms. Boggess once again as Christine Daae for the world premiere of the Phantom Of The Opera sequel - Love Never Dies, in London. Ms. Boggess received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical."

Stacey Kent
The Changing Lights
Feb. 1, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Venetian Room of the Fairmont San Francisco

"Bay Area Cabaret presents platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated vocalist Stacey Kent in a long-anticipated performance of bossa nova material from her recent album, 'The Changing Lights.' Since the release of her debut album in 1997, Ms. Kent has become one of the world's foremost jazz singers. With her fresh approach to lyrics and her beguiling, lightly swinging style, she has received critical praise and worldwide popularity, recording also in French and Portuguese, and selling out concert halls from Paris to Hong Kong and all around the globe."

Hall of Fame Singer/Songwriter
Judy Collins
Feb. 28 and March 1 at 5 PM
Where: Venetian Room of the Fairmont San Francisco

"Grammy winner, Oscar nominee, and American music legend returns to Bay Area Cabaret after her sold-out Venetian Room performance last March, to debut a brand new show."

Ramsey Lewis & John Pizzarelli in
Straighten up and Fly Right: A Tribute to Nat King Cole
March 21 at 5 & 8 PM
Venetian Room of the Fairmont San Francisco

"Bay Area Cabaret's favorite jazz guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli returns to the Venetian Room with multi-Grammy-Award winning jazz pianist, arranger, producer and composer Ramsey Lewis. Lewis is best known for his recently re-mastered gold album Sun Goddess, and for his hits 'The In Crowd,' 'Wade In The Water,' and 'Hang On Sloopy.' Lewis and Pizzarelli will perform Straighten up and Fly Right: A Tribute to Nat King Cole."

Annaleigh Ashford
Lost in the Stars
April 19 at 7:30 PM
Venetian Room of the Fairmont San Francisco

"Tony-nominated Broadway and television star Annaleigh Ashford will make her West Coast cabaret debut as part of Bay Area Cabaret's series. She currently stars as the hooker Betty Dimelo in the hit Showtime series, 'The Masters Of Sex,' and Ashford's recent shows at New York's 54 Below met with rave reviews. Originating the role of Lauren in Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper's Tony winning musical Kinky Boots, Ms. Ashford received Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominations for Best Featured Actress in a Musical."

Bobby Conte Thornton
Concert Debut
Directed by Richard Jay-Alexander
May 31 at 5 PM
Venetian Room of the Fairmont San Francisco

"Bobby Conte Thornton will take the Venetian Room stage for the first time in his own cabaret show on Sunday, May 31. Directed by the nation's foremost concert director, Richard Jay-Alexander, Mr. Thornton will present a personal account of what it means to be at beginning of one's adult life, with all the possibilities that life has to offer."

Lillias White & Billy Stritch
Bay Area Cabaret Season Finale
May 31 at 8 PM
Venetian Room of the Fairmont San Francisco

"Bay Area Cabaret will conclude its season by welcoming back another favorite: Tony winner (Cy Coleman's The Life) Lillias White. In her latest show, an open audition for her next big Broadway role which just returned for an encore at 54 Below, Ms. White addresses Broadway producers directly…very directly!"

Call (415) 392-4400 or visit bayareacabaret.org for more information.