The Cabaret Announces Star-Studded Winter/Spring Season

Joey Amato | January 13, 2022

After a triumphant return to live music in the fall of 2021, The Cabaret is thrilled to present another season of world class cabaret performances. This will be the first full year of performances since 2019 – before the pandemic caused the theater to close its doors for nearly a year and a half.

Typically, The Cabaret begins their Winter-Spring season on Valentine’s weekend; this year, however, they’ve decided to wait until the end of February to kick things off. This was decided out of an abundance of caution, in hopes that the current COVID surge will be better controlled upon reopening.

The season will be worth the wait, however, as Tony-winner Ali Stroker (Oklahoma!, Spring Awakening, The Glee Project, Only Murders in the Building, and more) will open the theater with an evening of powerhouse vocals. Ali is one of multiple performers who will be part of The Cabaret’s signature series, the Glick Philanthropies Broadway at The Cabaret Series. Others include Eden Espinosa (Wicked, Flora the Red Menace, Rent, Ugly Betty, Elementary, and more) and the incomparable Alan Cumming (Cabaret, The Good Wife, Schmigadoon!, and more). Alan Cumming will be performing with the host of NPR’s All Thing’s Considered, Ari Shapiro, who is also quite the crooner and has
been featured in several songs and performances by the group Pink Martini.

The Cabaret’s Christel DeHaan International Series is bringing back the award-winning phenomenon Meow Meow, a Cabaret favorite known for her unique brand of subversive performance. Meow Meow wows audiences with an evening of satire, original “chansons apocalyptiques,” 1930’s Shanghai show tunes, 60’s French pop, Radiohead revisioned, and more.

The Cabaret’s inaugural Artist in Residence, Lasana Kazembe, is returning after the success of his nationally recognized original production, The Voodoo of Hell’s Half Acre. This year, he’s premiering his latest artistic endeavor titled Firedance, featuring original compositions by Indy’s Jazz Guru, Rob Dixon.

For the final performance of the season, the Jazz at The Cabaret Series will welcome the legendary Lisa Fischer, who will be performing with Grand Baton. Lisa Fischer starred in the Oscar-winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom, which focused on her incredible career as a background singer for stars such as Luther Vandross, The Rolling Stones, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, and more.

“We are excited to continue live performances with this stellar lineup, and of course, we haven’t forgotten that we’re still in the midst of a pandemic,” shares Shannon Forsell, Artistic Director and CEO. “Thanks to our safety precautions, we were able to safely present a full season of performances to sold-out houses in 2021. We will continue the course, requiring proof of complete vaccination from staff, volunteers, artists, and attendees, and limit capacity in order to ensure that unaffiliated parties are not seated together. Additionally, we will continue to monitor the state of the pandemic and assess/adjust our policies accordingly. In the meantime, we strongly encourage you to get your booster vaccine before attending. There’s plenty of time to make it happen before the season starts!”

Guests will still be required to wear masks at all times (unless actively eating or drinking), and the theater is still utilizing the gold standard air purification system that was installed last year. More details and updates regarding safety protocols can be found at THECABARET.ORG/COVIDSAFETY.

Ticket sales begin on Friday, January 28 at 10 AM. Pre-sale for those who purchased tickets to 3+ performances in 2021 and donors of $250+ begins Monday, January 24 at 10 AM. See show details and purchase tickets (when available) at THECABARET.ORG/SHOWS.