Opening this week

This week the big-deal event in Orlando theater is the Orlando Cabaret Festival, opening Friday night with New York singer K.T. Sullivan and a bunch of Orlandoans, including Kevin Kelly performing the songs of Maltby and Shire, the It-Was-A-Very-Good-Year singers and Cabaret House Party, the best open-mike night around.

But there’s other stuff going on, too, so read on:

Orlando Cabaret Festival, Friday through May 16:

KT Sullivan, House Party, and more.

Join us for the opening weekend of the Orlando Cabaret Festival!

See the events for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

Friday, April 30 – Opening Night!

7:00 pm It Was A Very Good Year: 1960

7 million people watch Kennedy debate Nixon, and the I Hate to Cook Book is published. Domino’s Pizza, Etch-a-Sketch, and Joan Baez all make their debuts, Ben-Hur wins the Academy Award and Arnold Palmer wins the US Open. Meanwhile, our transistor radios played “Teen Angel” and “The Twist.”

Songs include “Theme from A Summer Place,” “Save The Last Dance For Me” and “Puppy Love.”

8:00 pm KT Sullivan, Dancing in the Dark: The Music of Dietz and Schwartz

KT Sullivan has been hailed as “Cabaret’s Crown Princess.” Her shimmering soprano voice and interpretive skills make her one of the hardest working and most in demand singers in cabaret, appearing frequently at the Oak Room of New York’s Algonquin Hotel.

Ms. Sullivan brings her critically acclaimed celebration of the songwriting team of Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz, hailed by Rex Reed as “as sophisticated and beguiling as anything I have enjoyed in a long, long time.”

9:30 pm Kevin Kelly, What Am I Doin’? – The Songs of Maltby and Shire

Mad Cow veteran Kevin Kelly (Assassins, Forbidden Broadway, Sweeney Todd) sings some of your favorite songs by Maltby and Shire.  This duo are the often-overlooked masters of the ‘story song’ genre in musicals.  This cabaret features some of the most beloved music from shows such as Baby; Starting Here, Starting Now; Closer Than Ever and Big.

10:00 pm  Cabaret House Party

It’s impossible to predict what will happen!

Part performance space, part living room, and part saloon, the Cabaret Festival kicks off on the right note with the fabulous Cabaret House Party – a celebration of the opening of the Festival. This interactive evening is hosted by the multi-talented Tod Kimbro, with Steve MacKinnon on the keys, plus a few very special guests. So, dress in your party best, bring a few of your favorite pieces to sing and stay around to listen, drink, and socialize.

If you want to sing, Sign-Up is immediately following KT Sullivan’s 8:00 show. Otherwise, come on in at 10 to kick back and enjoy some great music!

Saturday, May 1

7:00 pm E. Mani Cadet, Black on Broadway

Acclaimed singer Mani Cadet (the conniving Sportin’ Life in Mad Cow/OPO’s Porgy and Bess) brings us a repertoire of extraordinary songs written by and for African-American performers, including selections from Ain’t Misbehavin’, Once on This Island, Tremonisha, and Mama I Want To Sing.

8:00 pm KT Sullivan, Dancing in the Dark: The Music of Dietz and Schwartz

9:30 pm It Was A Very Good Year: 1950

In the beginning of the cold war, Guys and Dolls, The Wizard of Oz and Cinderella transported the country to a new beginning. James Dean launched his career, Minute Rice appeared on shelves, Peanuts debuted in the newspaper and Clue! first became a family obsession. Songs like “Music! Music! Music!” and “That’s Amore!” hit the airwaves.

Sunday, May 2

2:00 pm  KT Sullivan, Dancing in the Dark: The Music of Dietz and Schwartz

4:00 pm It Was A Very Good Year: 1940

The distant drums of war begin to beat as Bugs Bunny, color television and nylon stockings were the talk of the nation. Glenn Miller, the Ink Spots and the Andrews Sisters are on the radio bringing Big Band to a new decade with songs like “When You Wish Upon A Star,” “Tuxedo Junction” and “Beat Me Daddy Eight to the Bar.”

Cabaret Lunch Shows Begin Monday, May 3
Have lunch waiting for you at the theatre and enjoy a Songwriters’ Spotlight show!

The more you buy, the more you save! Get information on Ticket Packages.

To reserve Dinner/Show packages, Group Sales, and Box Lunches, please call 407.297.8788.

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Introducing
KT Sullivan

KT
Sullivan
has been hailed as “Cabaret’s Crown Princess”. Her
shimmering soprano voice and interpretive skills make her one of
the hardest working and most in demand singers in cabaret.


Sidebar

With
new interpretations of some of your favorite songs by Howard Dietz
and Arthur Schwartz in her new Cabaret show: Dancing in the Dark.
Called “A virtuoso at multiple styles of musical comedy”
by the New
York Times
, Miss Sullivan is sure to light up Mad Cow’s
intimate Stage Left!

“Cabaret’s
Crown Princess”, recently appeared at the Kennedy Center with Brian
Stokes Mitchell in Broadway
Today
. Appearing frequently at The Oak Room of New
York’s Algonquin Hotel, KT has headlined at Carnegie Hall,
Town Hall, Lincoln Center and The Caramoor Festival performing
internationally at The Spoleto Festival and the Adelaide Festival
in Australia. She has been a guest star on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion,
and has seven albums in worldwide distribution.

KT’s
Broadway credits include The
Three Penny Opera
with Sting, the play Broadway
directed by George Abbot, and Gentlemen
Prefer Blondes
. She toured with Annie Get Your Gun
and was featured in a workshop production of Easter Parade
with Tommy Tune.   Liza Minnelli recently presented KT
with the Manhattan Association of Cabarets’ Outstanding Female
Vocalist Award.

Engagements
in New York at the Algonquin’s Oak Room prompted Rex Reed to extol
– “It is doubtful that any living performer loves the classical
songs from the golden age of musicals as much as this fizzy blond
bombshell.” And from The New Yorker –   “As vocally,
comically and theatrically assured as contemporary cabaret
performers get”.

Tickets & Times:

The 8th Annual Orlando Cabaret Festival

Mad Cow Theatre’s intimate
2-theatre complex in downtown Orlando plays host to The Eighth
Annual Orlando Cabaret Festival, April 30 – May 16, 2010.

Over
40 performances of jazz, pop and Broadway will feature many of
Central Florida’s favorite artists along with artists from the New
York Cabaret scene.

This
year we are presenting three world-class headliners that define
both classic and contemporary cabaret at its greatest:
Karen Akers, KT Sullivan and The Broadway Boys.

Mad
Cow’s intimate setting provides a cozy and elegant experience to
experience these extraordinary performers.


Explore the website, pick out your favorites, and get ready
to
spend some
time
with us
at
The Eighth
Annual Orlando Cabaret Festival
!

Mad Cow
Theatre is a 501 c 3 arts organization funded by The State of
Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs, United Arts of Central
Florida, The Downtown Development Board, The Florida Theatrical
Association, Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs and members
of the Central Florida community just like you. Mad Cow Theatre is
a proud member of  The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Central
Florida and The Downtown Orlando Partnership.

Due to the
nature of live theatre, all artists, schedules and programming are
subject to change. We regret any inconveniences.

Mad
Cow Theatre | 105 S. Magnolia Ave. | Orlando, FL 32801

Fire Island Follies, Saturday:

Come hear a reading of a new comedy by Orlando’s fastest rising playwright, John Ryan, before it debuts as a production in NYC in June!

Fire Island Follies
A Queer Romantic Beach Comedy

Featuring:
John Ryan, Michael Wanzie, Doug Bowser, Janine Klein, Elizabeth Murff, Rich Charron, and Eddie Cooper!
Directed/produced by Margaret Nolan/Kangagirl Productions.

Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 8 PM
Footlight Theatre
Parliament House

$5 suggested minimum donation at-the-door general admission seating

Or select your seat in advance, for a donation of $10.

Proceeds will be split between the Paul M. Wegman Scholarship Fund for Actors and the New York-bound production.

Select-A-Seat Now!
www.wanzie.com

The Rich Weirdoes, Friday and Saturday:

The Rich Weirdoes, Central Florida’s premier interactive cinema performance troupe is joining forces with the Orlando Sisters to bring their audience-participation antics to the classic film The Sound of Music for one weekend only (April 30 & May 1) at the AMC Universal Cineplex.

Audiences will experience the Julie Andrews favorite like never before, with a fully interactive film experience that includes costume contests, live musical and dance performances, and all the rest of their interactive cinematic insanity.

This benefit is being produced in conjunction with the Orlando Sisters, a local charitable organization that raises funds for various causes including, most recently, the Center and the American Red Cross’ Haiti Relief.

The show will be emceed by local favorite Logan Donahoo, and all attendees will receive their own “audience participation prop kit” so that they’ll be fully prepared to join in the fun.

WHAT:  An interactive audience-participation presentation of The Sound of Music (1965) starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.  NOTE:  This film is rated “G” by the MPAA.  The Rich Weirdoes’ interactive presentation should be considered “PG-13” (Parental guidance strongly suggested for suggestive humor and language).

WHO:  The Rich Weirdoes, Central Florida’s premier interactive cinema performance troupe, has been named one of the “Best of Orlando” by the Orlando Weekly (2006, 2008) and WESH-TV’s “A-List” (2008).  Since 2002, they have presented the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show with live audience participation at the Universal Cineplex on the second and fourth weekend of every month.  They have also brought their signature “shadow cast” style to Clue, Reefer Madness, Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray, and other films, and performed throughout the state of Florida.  The Rich Weirdoes also sponsors and participates in numerous community and charity events, including their annual “Zombie March,” the Orlando Pride Parade, and the Orlando AIDS Walk.  The Rich Weirdoes are directed by Ofir Eyal and produced by Seth Kubersky (Orlando Weekly arts columnist, co-producer of the Empty Spaces Theatre Co.)

The Orlando Sisters are an official mission of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a world-wide charitable organization founded in 1979 in San Francisco.  They are an order of post-modern nuns, dedicated to spreading joy, banishing guilt, and helping our community through fund-raising events, safer sex outreach projects, as well as raising people’s spirits – and EYEBROWS!

The show will be hosted by returning long-time Rich Weirdoes emcee Logan Donahoo, host of WPRK 91.5’s This Complete Breakfast and director of the 2009 Orlando International Fringe Festival hit Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You.

WHEN:  Friday April 30 and Saturday May 1, 2010.  Doors at 10:45p.m., show begins at 11:00p.m.

WHERE:  AMC Universal Cineplex at Universal Orlando CityWalk.
6000 Universal Blvd, Ste 740
Orlando, FL 32819
Showtimes: (407) 354-5998
Guest Services: (407) 354-3374
NOTE:  All tickets are sold directly through the Rich Weirdoes and Orlando Sisters.  Do not contact the theater directly for ticket purchases.

WHY:  Proceeds will benefit the Orlando Sisters, Inc., an official mission of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.  Originally established in 1979 in San Francisco, they are a world-wide order of Post-modern nuns, dedicated to spreading joy, banishing guilt, and helping our community.

COST:  $12.00 advance tickets, $15 at the door.  Price includes an audience participation prop kit.  Advance Tickets can be purchased now with PayPal or Credit Card at RichWeirdoes.com or OrlandoSisters.org.

Disney’s Aladdin Jr., Wekiva River Players, Friday-Sunday

Spring 2010 Junior Theatre Program

Disney’s Aladdin Jr.
Music by: Alan Menken
Lyrics by: Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
Book adapted and additional lyrics by: Jim Luigs
Music adapted and arranged by: Bryan Louiselle
Based on the screenplay by Ron Clements and John Musker, Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio

Welcome to Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where every beggar has a story and every camel has a tail! All of your favorite characters are here in this stage adaptation of the Disney hit, including Aladdin, Jasmine, and of course, the Genie. Filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides, audiences’ spirits will soar with excitement. Most of all, the tuneful, Academy award-winning score with songs including “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me” will certainly make this musical a favorite for many years to come!

Performances will be held April 30 – May 2, 2010 at Eastmonte Civic Center in Altamonte Springs.

For further information, call the WRP Hotline at 407-262-1801.

Show Times
WRP performances run Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon. For evening performances, the box office opens at 6:00pm and the performances start at 7:30pm. For Sunday matinees, the box office opens at 12:30pm and the performances start at 2:00pm.

Ticket Prices
Advance reserved seats are $18.00 (Main Stage), $12.00 (Repertory) or $8 (Junior Theatre) each, plus credit card transaction fee if booked online through TicketLeap.com. Price at the door is $20.00, $15.00 and $12.00 respectively.

WRP Annual Memberships, which include reduced tickets per production may also be purchased online at TicketLeap.com or through the WRP Hotline.

For More Information
For ticketing and box office information, contact the WRP Hotline at (407) 262-1801.
Please visit our website at www.wekivariverplayers.

UCF Rosen College Cabaret & Cabernet, Saturday:

Rosen College “Cabaret & Cabernet”

Join Us Because You CAN CAN~

Love good food, good wine and good times?

Mark your calendars for the University of Central Florida’s first Cabaret & Cabernet, an evening of theater and wine on Saturday, May 1.

Cabaret & Cabernet is a new event created by Rosen College of Hospitality Management and UCF Theatre students. For the event, the Rosen College will be transformed with a series of live cabaret performances from France, Australia and more, alongside international food-and-wine pairings.

Tickets for Cabaret & Cabernet are $65, plus tax, and include event admission, parking, food and wine. Only 300 tickets will be sold, and they are available now at www.cabcabucf.com.

Proceeds will support the Event Management program at the Rosen College.

Current sponsors include Silversea Cruises, the Orange County Convention Center and the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The Rosen College is located at 9907 Universal Blvd. in Orlando. For more information, e-mail cabcab.ucf@gmail.com

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