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2016 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.
   
 

 

BANNER

   
  SATURDAY, 6/18 AT GARDENWORKS/SUNDAY, 6/19 IN THE CABARET
 

On Saturday, June 18, an new era begins in the collaboration between Gardenworks Farm and Fort Salem Theater. After four seasons of our Farm-to-Table Dinner Theater, with dinner at the farm and a show at the theater, we introduce this season's new twist, Dinner Theater and Cabaret Concert at the farm itself. Guests will arrive Saturday at 5:30, enjoy their dinner, and move on to a dedicated area in the barn for a new experience in entertainment. Who better to inaugurate this series than WNYT's Benita Zahn, who has performed in the cabaret and on the Fort Mainstage since our opening season ten summers ago. One-stop shopping for the arts-oriented gourmand. On Sunday, June 19, Benita brings that performance to the Cabaret at Fort Salem Theater for a 2 PM matinee.

 

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  FRIDAY, JULY 29 AT 8 PM IN THE CABARET
 
Over ten seasons, we've hosted Broadway, television and film stars ... folks we've met along the way in Show Business. Friends of friends. Professionals trying out their shows before moving on to the fancy rooms in Manhattan; or even our local Singing Anchors, moving on to the Racino, MacHaydn Theatre, or the Wood Theater. Two summers ago, we met the very talented and energetic young Katherine Skinner, grand-daughter of perennial season ticket holders Bob and Liz Skinner. After we'd already booked her a year in advance as our 2015 summer intern, we turned on the television to see her competing on TV's American Idol. She is friend and observer of many of this generation's greatest singing talents at her hometown's Bay Area Cabaret, and she brings us her own act that she created and debuted this spring is San Francisco.
 
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  SUNDAY, JULY 31 AT 2 PM/CABARET ON THE MAINSTAGE
 

One of our great thrills is when someone "discovers" Fort Salem Theater, the county's only venue with fixed theatrical seating transferred, with its own provenance, from Broadway's Helen Hayes Theater. Visiting the theater for the first time as the guest of one of last year's performers, Deborah Young-Weiler felt the embrace of the venue and asked if she could perform here. We were as taken with her as she was with the theater. As she told us the story of her life, which she has accompanied with her own piano playing from the age of three, Deborah's professional journey playing the classics to down-and-dirty honky-tonk revealed itself as an inspirational discovery of her search for divine guidance to the best way to share her considerable gifts. She shares her gifts and her stories in a unique and intimate Mainstage cabaret concert.

 

DYW

   
  SATURDAY, 8/20 AT GARDENWORKS/SUNDAY, 8/21 IN THE CABARET
 
Twelve years ago, Jay Kerr was invited by the Vincennes, Indiana, Rotary Club to share some stories of his life in New York City's musical theater and cabaret scene. His account of an expletive eminating from the mouth of the sophisticated film star Sally Ann Howes (star of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) during a rehearsal for a recording still amuses the shocked members of that service club audience. "First and last time we ever heard that word in a meeting," they chuckle. He interviewed icons Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim for his senior thesis in college (who were former collaborators and not mutual admirers); he worked on a doomed film project with Richard Dreyfuss; he was playing on a recording with Hal ("Barney Miller") Linden, when Linden stopped singing and turned to him and said, "You really want people to hear you playing that badly?" He'll try to do better in his Salem shows.
 
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FOR RESERVATIONS AND INFORMATION, CALL (518) 854-9200
 
$25/person: $19 Music Charge/$6 Dessert Charge, Tax Included at Fort Salem location
   
 

 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
   
 
   
 
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