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2017 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.
   
 
Join us for our four Spring Sunday Cabarets.
   
  SUNDAY, APRIL 30 at 2 PM
 
Shanara
 

Equally at home playing in musicals or Shakespearean tragedies, Shanara Gabrielle has followed her muse and her heart from her native St. Louis to Manhattan, back to St. Louis, and now on to our nation’s capital. Locally, she starred as Sarah Brown in Northern Stage’s Guys and Dolls. In 2002, she sang solo the entire score of War Bonds, written by Barbara Kahn and Jay Kerr, and recorded and distributed by Original Cast Records. On camera, she has been featured in Conviction, Chicago Fire, and Guiding Light. Her cabaret, Tilting at Windmills, reflects in song her frustrations and triumphs as a performer, a partner, and a parent.

   
  SUNDAY, MAY 7 at 2 PM
 
BZ
 

As one of the four Women Who Sing, singing anchor Benita Zahn is joined by the familiar voices and faces of Fort favorites Keri Alonzo, Sue Caputo, and Lynne Kerr. Whether in close harmonies, theatrical trios and quartets, or impassioned solos, these women give new life to old melodies, from songwriters Sondheim, Kander and Ebb, Rodgers and Hart, Maltby and Shire, Hamlisch, and Melissa Manchester and Peggy Lee. BZ and the Girls are the Andrews Sisters and the Supremes on steroids, with the interpretive panache of a Barbara Cook or a Rosemary Clooney. Not bad for a Sunday afternoon in Salem.

   
  SUNDAY, MAY 21 at 2 PM
 
Nilsson
 

Rhyme on My Hands is the latest excuse for a cabaret performance by Byron Nilsson and his longtime musical director, Malcolm Kogut. This is the humor of clever wordplay and well-wrought rhymes, for an audience that does its crossword puzzles in ink. Songs like “Lydia the Tattooed Lady,” “The Sloth,” and “The Butler’s Song” will liven the program created with an eye (and ear) to what amuses them most. Another part of their repertory includes forgotten songs of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, among them: “Why Do They All Take the Night Boat to Albany?” Nilsson and Kogut appear regularly at Caffè Lena, and have performed at Schenectady’s Van Dyck Restaurant, Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, the SUNY Albany Performing Arts Center, Albany’s Eighth Step Coffeehouse, Steamer No. 10 Theatre, and the Otesaga Hotel.

   
  SUNDAY, JUNE 4 at 2 PM
  DYW
 

Armed with a Masters in Music from the University of Tennessee, Deborah Young-Weiler straddled two musical worlds, performing classical concerts throughout the south, teaching performance and composition at the university level, and at the same time playing honky-tonk piano in local bars. She briefly flirted with an offer to tour with the Charlie Daniels Band, but chose, instead, to concentrate on the healing properties of music. “I started writing music to heal people's pain. It was powerful to see my music help people in their personal struggles.” She especially loves our Mainstage Steinway, upon which she played to a standing ovation last summer. Prepare to be charmed and in awe.

   
 
SPRING TICKET PRICES AND CABARET PACKAGES
 
Spring Cabaret Prices Reduced! Admission includes Complimentary Coffee or Water
SINGLE SHOW: $20
ALL SHOWS: $65
 
RESERVE: (518)854-9200
   
 
JOIN US THIS SUMMER FOR TWO SPECIAL SUNDAYS!
   
  AUGUST 13. SUNDAY AT 2 PM • ALL TICKETS $25
 
JERRY 2017
 

The Rat Pack is back, all rolled up into one spectacular entertainment — Jerry Gretzinger in concert, singing the songs that audiences cheered to hear from Sinatra, Davis, and Martin in their Vegas shows. Bill Zehme, a Sinatra biographer, says of Frank, Sammy and Dean in the early sixties: “They would never look better or sound better or swing better than they did during these shows.” More than the antics, more than the bravura, they created an iconic sound that contemporary artists such as Harry Connick and Michael Bublé struggle to duplicate. With his own style, his own energy, and his own bravura, Gretzinger pays homage to their repertoires and shares tales of musical magic that underscored the Camelot that came to an end in November, 1963.

   
  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 AT 2 PM • ALL TICKETS $20
THE SPURS USA RETURN
 

The Spurs USA play the top-drawer classic country catalogue, including Johnny Cash, George Strait, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton. Working beside front-person Dona Federico is lead male singer Dwight O’Neil, a veteran Nashville musician whose former life found him performing with John Hartford, Earl Scruggs, and opening for Fleetwood Mac. The talented sidemen supporting their vocals, passionate professionals all, have shared the stage with a wide spectrum of celebrity singles and groups, including Canned Heat, John Denver, Carly Simon, Willie Nelson, and The Grateful Dead. The Spurs USA play such varied venues as the Saratoga County Fair and the historic Hudson Valley Paramount Theater, where they opened for the Marshall Tucker Band to a standing ovation. They love the intimacy of the Fort Salem stage and return whenever everyone’s schedules permit.

   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
   
 
   
 
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