The 2017 Cabaret Convention, which features more than 60 performers, begins October 16 with a gala opening night. Presented by The Mabel Mercer Foundation, the celebration of New York nightlife continues through October 19 at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall.
The gala opening will be followed by evenings that pay tribute to George Gershwin; Hoagy Carmichael, and Richard Whiting as well as the “golden age” of Manhattan’s supper clubs, boites, bistros, and piano bars. Show time each night is 6 PM.
The lineup follows:
October 16: Gala Opening Night, hosted by KT Sullivan. With Corinna Sowers Adler, Danny Bacher, Carole J. Bufford, Joshua Lance Dixon, Tommy J. Dose, Greg Gropper, Luba Mason, Marilyn Maye, Tanya Moberly, Karen Oberlin, Lyric Peterson, Vivian Reed, Adam Shapiro, Jacob Storms. Presentation of The Donald F. Smith Award, underwritten by Adela and Larry Elow. Presentation of The Mabel Mercer Award to Vivian Reed.
October 17: S’Wonderful: The Music of George Gershwin, hosted by Jeff Harnar and Andrea Marcovicci. With Karen Akers, Anna Bergman, Celia Berk, Eric Comstock, Barbara Fasano, Shauna Hicks, Nicolas King, Stearns Matthews, Marissa Mulder, Mark Nadler, T. Oliver Reid, Steve Ross, Jennifer Sheehan, Deborah Silver, Gabrielle Stravelli, Jon Weber, Aaron Weinstein.
October 18: Intimate Nights: The Golden Age of Cabaret, hosted by James Gavin. With Barbara Brussell, Charles Busch, Charles Cochran, Natalie Douglas, Laura Kenyon, Carol Lipnik, Maude Maggart, Nellie McKay, Sidney Myer, Molly Pope, Ricky Ritzel, Spider Saloff, Bruce Vilanch, Ronny Whyte. (This evening is dedicated to Barbara Carroll, “The First Lady of the American Keyboard.”)
October 19: Too Marvelous for Words/Stardust: The Music of Hoagy Carmichael & Richard Whiting, hosted by Klea Blackhurst. With Matt Baker, Joie Bianco, Shana Farr, Liam Forde, Eric Yves Garcia, Gregory Generet, Valerie Lemon, Kristoffer Lowe, Tammy McCann, Todd Murray, Josephine Sanges, Billy Stritch, Stacy Sullivan, Carol Woods, Amra-Faye Wright. Presentation of The Margaret Whiting Award, underwritten by My Ideal Music. Presentation of The Julie Wilson Award, underwritten by Linda and Peter Hanson.
Same-day rush tickets, available to those holding a student ID or a membership card from MAC (the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs), will be sold at the box office beginning at 10 AM on the date of each performance. Tickets, priced at $13.50, must be purchased in person, and there is a limit of two tickets per person. The offer is good for any remaining seats in the $100, $50, and $25 tiers.
In an earlier statement, Artistic Director KT Sullivan said, “The Mabel Mercer Foundation sees this offer as an extension of our charter, by which we might provide students—and other performers and musicians—an affordable opportunity to enjoy the great popular songbook, both traditional and present-day. Mabel Mercer herself reveled in singing both the old and the new across her entire 70-year career; she never stopped adding contemporary material to her presentations.”
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall is located at Broadway and 60th Street. Prices are $100, $50, and $25, and Premium Patron Seating is also available at $500 ($350 of which is tax-deductible). Tickets are for sale through Jazz at Lincoln Center by visiting JALC.org or their box office.
(Updated October 16, 2017)