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2015 Cabaret Season
 
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The first space to open in July, 2007, under our renovation plan was the Cabaret at Fort Salem Theater, a little jewel box that hosts musical performances, designed by David Pedemonti to reflect the Mainstage in miniature. Lawrence Hillis in The Eagle described the atmosphere as "the meeting of old friends" with "the beauty of a romantic candle lit dinner." The room features a recessed 8' by 6' stage with state-of-the-art lighting and sound, an antique six foot Knabe Grand Piano in Brazilian rosewood, up to sixteen cabaret tables, and chairs that match the walls of burgundy and gold.
   
 
   
  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7 at 8 PM
 
 

Adam Kerr headlines a family evening of comedy and music, appearing with Fort fixtures Lynne and Jay Kerr and their “theater daughter,” Jessica O’Keefe. Adam has been featured at Reno’s Catch a Rising Star, Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, and Dangerfield’s, the Laugh Factory, and the Friar’s Club in Manhattan. He’s opened for Gilbert Gottfried, Kevin Meany, and Robert Klein. Lynne Kerr has entertained at Manhattan’s trendy cabarets and piano bars, including Judys’, Don’t Tell Mama, Brandy’s, and the Village Gate. Jessica O’Keefe grew up on the Fort Salem stage, and has starred in recent Mainstage musicals, including Breakfast Epiphanies, Corn! The Musical, and Winning the Lottery.

  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14 at 8 PM
 
 

Singing anchor Jerry Gretzinger takes a second symbolic swing at Frank Sinatra, this time celebrating the musical icon’s one-hundredth birthday (December 12). In keeping with this year’s theme, Jerry will be adding variety to the night by doing a few numbers with family members, including “Something Stupid” with his wife, Erin. Following the success of his Mostly Frank show, this time Jerry’s singing all-Sinatra all the time, concentrating on Frank’s recordings that topped the charts. From “You’ll Never Know,” Gretzinger goes “All the Way” to “Strangers in the Night” and “It Was a Very Good Year,” capturing the brooding romance and easy musicality that set Sinatra apart from every other entertainer of the twentieth century.

  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21 at 8 PM
 
 

Like Gretzinger the week before her, Keri Alonzo takes us back to an era where every club hired a band and every band had a “girl singer.” The best of them sang the best songs ever written. Trained in classical music with a Masters’ degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where her opera performances garnered a great review from the New York Times, Keri’s true love has always been the great standards of the twentieth century, and her role models the great girl singers like Rosemary Clooney, Etta James, Karen Carpenter, and Barbra Streisand (who might take issue being called a “girl”). Ms. Alonzo uses her exquisite musical instrument to explore the simplicity and beauty of the songs that those great girl singers sang.

  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29 at 2 PM
 
 

Formed as a lark for a 2009 cabaret evening right here on our very cabaret stage, Benita Zahn, Jessica Layton, and Jerry Gretzinger, as The Singing Anchors, have gone on to be a regional hit, performing at benefits and corporate gatherings throughout the Capital Region. The Singing Anchors’ Holiday Show ushers in with religious fervor the secular joys of December. Featuring favorite and unique arrangements of holiday classics, the anchors annually pepper their standard show with new numbers, this year including a humorous Hanukkah solo for Benita. The always entertaining, not-to-be-missed traditional start to the Capital Region’s holiday season.

   
 
Coffee and Dessert Included*
$25/PERFORMANCE ... SEASON TICKET $80
FOR RESERVATIONS, CALL (518) 854-9200
 
*$19 Music Charge/$6 Dessert Charge, Tax Included
   
 
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