Olive Oil and Show Tunes: Chef's Theater Mixes Stars of Cuisine and Cabaret at NYC's Supper Club

News   Olive Oil and Show Tunes: Chef's Theater Mixes Stars of Cuisine and Cabaret at NYC's Supper Club
Chef's Theater: A Musical Feast, a unique live experience that is part cooking show, part tasting event and part legit cabaret, will begin performances March 30 at the Supper Club in Broadway's theatre district.

Producers Marty Bell, Greg Smith and Stephen Fass are behind the show, which brings famous-in-the-food-world chefs to prepare a meal (with commentary), after which the audience eats, drinks and listens to new songs sung by Broadway and cabaret performers.

Performance times and schedule will be announced, but the expectation is one chef per week. The West 47th Street venue was once the Edison Theatre.

Among theatre performers who have committed to singing during dessert-time are Adam Pascal (Rent, Aida), LaChanze (Once on This Island), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Anna in the Tropics, Rent), Lauren Kennedy (Les Miserables) and Billy Porter. Dates will be announced. Performers are subject to change. Kate Shindle (Cabaret) will kick things off the week of March 30.

Stafford Arima, Olivier Award-nominated for his revisionist London staging of Ragtime, will direct. The busy Arima is staging Guys and Dolls for Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey this spring.

Variety reported the first chefs to appear are Olive's Todd English (March 30-April 4) followed by 15 other well known chefs, including Noche's Michael Lomonaco (April 27-May 2) and Donatella's David Burke (May 18-23). Jacques Pepin, Alain Sailhac and Andre Soltner are expected for a French week (June 8-13). The meal prepared onstage will be duplicated backstage by the hundreds by a staff in the Supper Club's kitchen. Vino, dancing and dessert are all part of the experience. As on the Food Network, an overhead view of the chef's work will likely be projected on a TV screen for the crowd.

Marty Bell was one of the producers of Sweet Smell of Success, A Class Act and is working on the musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

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