The 2016 St. Louis Cabaret Festival    July 19 – 24

A Collaboration between The Cabaret Project of St. Louis and The St. Louis Cabaret Conference.

First Stage: St. Louis Cabaret Conference High School Showcase

Tuesday July 19, 8 p.m.
The Stage at KDHX
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Join Broadway’s Karen Mason, American Idol’s Peisha McPhee and St. Louis Cabaret Conference’s Tim Schall and Carol Schmidt as they present to you the new, young voices of cabaret. These talented young people will have just worked with the above faculty on the art and craft of song performance. And tonight they will celebrate what they have learned with a special showcase performance of their budding talents. As the saying goes “There’s a lot of talent out there” and this evening singers at the first stages of their careers prove it.

Faith Prince and Jason Graae

The Prince and The Showboy
Alex Rybeck, Piano
Wednesday July 20, 8 p.m.
The Sheldon Concert Hall
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“These unabashed hams are a well matched pair of competitive scene stealers” – New York Times

Tony Award winner Faith Prince unites with her long time friend and L.A. Drama Critics Circle winner Jason Graae for a night of belly laughs and great music.

Combing showbiz chutzpah, great vocal chops and incomparable comedic gifts, these celebrated veterans of a combined 17 Broadway shows deliver on the promise of an evening that keeps you smiling long after you leave.

Prince has been dazzling Broadway audiences since winning the Tony and nearly every other accolade for her performance in Guys and Dolls and is currently knocking them dead every night on Broadway in this season’s comic gem Disaster. Graae is a multiple award winner (LA’s Ovation Award, NY’s Drama Desk nominee) who travels the country performing leading theatrical roles, headlining symphony and concert halls, and selling out New York’ top cabaret rooms.

The Prince and The Showboy’s premier at New York’s 54 Below won the pair a Nightlife Award as Best Duo. Join us and see why!

Two Divas and Two Pianists on One Stage - A St. Louis Cabaret Festival World Premiere

Marilyn Maye and Her Piano Men: Tedd Firth & Billy Stritch, pianos

Special Guest Ann Hampton Callaway

Gerald Spaits, Bass, Jim Eklof, Drums
Thursday July 21, 8 p.m.
The Sheldon Concert Hall
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When the legendary Marvelous Marilyn Maye performs its with one of her two favorite musical collaborators at the keys – the celebrated Billy Stritch or the award winning Tedd Firth. The St. Louis Cabaret Festival thought why not put both Stritch and Firth on stage and give them each a baby grand to play?

And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better we decided to add their friend and St. Louis’ favorite divaliscious diva herself Ann Hampton Callaway to the party.

Two Divas and Two Pianos on one stage! Don’t miss this joyous, jazzy, spectacular cabaret event created specifically for St. Louis Cabaret Festival audiences.

Marilyn Maye: “An ageless dynamo”– New York Times

Ann Hampton Callaway : “A voice so rich and flexible…extravagantly gorgeous”– New York Times

Tedd Firth: “Prodigiously gifted and versatile pianist”– New York Times

Billy Stritch: “Equally gifted as a pianist and singer. Stritch is not afraid to dazzle.”– London Times

Tony DeSare

From Sinatra to Prince

“Two parts young Sinatra to one part Billy Joel” – New York Times

“…the kind of connection to a younger generation that has helped make Michael Bublé a heartthrob…” – New York Times

“Classic –style originals” – USA Today
Friday July 22, 8 p.m.
The Sheldon Concert Hall
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Named a Rising Star Male Vocalist in Downbeat magazine, DeSare brings his youthful, contemporary flair to the masterful Sinatra style standards of the past and offers sophisticated takes on pop classics such as the late genius Prince’s Kiss– throwing in some of his own top notch originals along the way.

DeSare has three top ten Billboard jazz albums under his belt and has headlined in prestigious venues such as New York’s 54 Below and Carnegie Hall, along with major performing arts centers and numerous symphony orchestras throughout North America and abroad.

Tony DeSare and his trio offer St. Louis audiences a fresh take on old school class that swings, swoons and gets your feet stompin’!

CLICK HERE for 5 Reasons to See Tony DeSare.

St. Louis Cabaret Conference Professional Track

Saturday July 23, 8 p.m.
The Stage at KDHX
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Mentored by Marilyn Maye, Faith Prince, Tedd Firth and Billy Stritch, as well as other members of the prestigious St. Louis Cabaret Conference Faculty, these singers take to the stage to show you why they are on the right track! The St. Louis Cabaret Conference presents these select singers in there own showcase of mini cabaret sets; to show you that they are ready to take their talents and ambitions to make their mark in the cabaret world – if they haven’t already.

St. Louis Cabaret Conference Closing Night Showcase & Celebration

Sunday July 24, 7 p.m.
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The newly remolded Jazz at the Bistro is the perfect supper club! Dinner seating or just drinks and appetizers start at 6 pm. And at 7 p.m. its time for the core group of talented singers of the St. Louis Cabaret Conference to show audiences why they’ve come from all over the country to be mentored by the Conference’s renowned faculty. Join us for this closing night showcase and stick around for the post show party that starts up as soon as the last bow is taken. Party noshes are on us!

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