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The Cabaret at Fort Salem Theater
         

THE CABARET AT FORT SALEM THEATER
PRESENTS “SONGS TO WARM A WINTER’S WEEKEND”
FEATURING GORDON HAZZARD AND ANN MARIE ACQUILANO
SATURDAY, FEBRURARY 9, AT 8 PM

Gordon Hazzard singlepix As part of Ice Breaker Winterfest Weekend sponsored by the Towns and Villages of the Battenkill Valley, the Cabaret at Fort Salem Theater announces a special one-night-only Valentine’s Day Celebration of Love. “Songs to Warm a Winter’s Weekend” features two of the stars of December’s Fort Salem Mainstage hit, A Christmas Carol: A New Musical, singers Ann-Marie Acquilano and Scrooge himself, Gordon Hazzard. The performance will kick-off Salem’s participation in Ice Breaker Saturday evening, February 9, at 8 PM. Ms. Acquilano and Mr. Hazzard met several years ago while on tour with a different version of the Dickens classic and have remained social friends over the years. When they spent two hours a day carpooling from their Capital Region homes to and from rehearsals in Salem, they began conjuring up an act consisting of love solos and duets that would be appropriate anytime, but most appropriate for the Holiday of Love.

Accompanied on piano by Fort Salem Artistic Director, Jay Kerr, the duo will present classic favorites from the standard cabaret repertoire, and some special songs more recently composed.

Reviewer Bob Rose in the Post-Star called Hazzard’s Scrooge “perfect,” noting his “impressive (singing) voice.”  Where Ms. Acquilano’s Spirit of Christmas Present was “convincingly portrayed,”   Rose remarks that she “has the theater swaying”  with her number, “The Bells of Christmas.”  The Cabaret at Fort Salem Theater is located at 11 East Broadway, in Salem. Costs for the event include an entertainment charge of $15 and a $5 cover, applied to coffee and dessert catered by Norene & Fred’s. Seating is limited and reservations are highly recommended (518-854-9200).
Anna-Marie Acquilano  
 
 
 
 
PREVIOUS FALL AT THE FORT
SEVEN SATURDAYS OF AUTUMN CABARET MAGIC
 
Fort Salem Theater has just successfully completed its first Summer Cabaret Season to glowing reviews, from the press and from a growing fan base. Cathy Dede in the Chronicle remarked how the new owners had turned “the former backstage storage/dressing room space into a fully functional intimate theater done up in deep red with rich gold trim.” In the Eagle, Lawrence Hillis writes of Neva Small’s grand opening show coming “ to life not on the conventional Fort Salem stage, but in a brand new and beautifully designed room… a revelation of music, in theater, in experience.”

Original musical revues – mini-musicals with talented regional performers and New York imports, newsanchor Benita Zahn’s cabaret debut, gatherings of local professional performers and incredibly talented future stars, and Ms. Small’s show which went from the Cabaret stage to an open-ended off-Broadway run: a full, varied season that has spawned…
         
         
         
Melissa Hurst
Melissa Hurst
 
 
October 13
Melissa Hurst: Baby Love
 
From first serious boyfriend to the perils of adoption, Baby Love, a one-woman comic play written and performed by Melissa Hurst, is "a funny, moving, and irreverently told tale of one woman's quest for motherhood.” (Manchester Journal.) Melissa Hurst has played featured roles on television's Law and Order and Guiding Light, and recently played Dr. Cambrini in the film, Love in Three Minutes. She has performed in numerous award-winning New York and regional productions, appearing alongside Marylouise Burke, Allison Janney, Will Patton, Josh Brolin, and many others. www.melissahurst.com
         
         
         
Kerri Lynn Jennings
Kerri Lynn Jennings
 
 
October 20
Kerri Lynn Jennings:
They Don’t Write ‘Em Like They Used To
 
The Manhattan siren who seduced Salem in song this summer in On the Brink returns with a salute to the songwriters of the last century who set the bar for the successful marriage of music with lyrics. Whether weaving tales of her sojourns in Las Vegas or Japan or wrapping her talents around a Cole Porter tune, Ms. Jennings delivers solid entertainment value worthy of the Los Angeles Times comment: “She will delight and enchant you.” The New York Times says: “She sings lustily.” Backstage Magazine raves: “A show stopper…, Jennings had the room in stitches.” Laugh, cry, and marvel; Jennings’ artistry will astound you. www.kerrilynnjennings.com
         
         
         
Stephen Trombley
Stephen Trombley
 
 
October 27
Stephen Trombley: In&Out
 
In In&Out, Stephen Trombley, Salem’s Emmy-Award winning Renaissance Man, presents a premise that accepts (and possibly celebrates) the fact that little boys are made of snips and snails and puppy dog tails and, by the time they grow up, much worse. Integrating thought-provoking monologue with music, the evening explores some of Boy/Man Trombley’s observations on the “in” and “out” distinction. Style, trouble, love and the death penalty will all be considered in the light of Trombley’s experience of repetitive behavior. www.stephentrombleyproductions.com; www.myspace.com/dryes
         
         
         
LaMothe-Gee Clan
LaMothe-Gee Clan
 
 
November 3
LaMothe, Gee & Family
 
Kimerer LaMothe’s doctorate and teaching posts at Brown and Harvard but a memory, Geoffrey Gee’s accomplishments combining the creative and commercial as a sound engineer for industry leader, Kurzweil, mere history, the LaMothe-Gee clan settled at Hebron Hollow Farm to nurture their family and the creative nature of the individual. We become beneficiaries of the harvest. LaMothe’s skill and grace as a dancer and Gee’s unique technique of becoming one with the piano thrilled Fort Salem audiences in July; this go-round the couple brings their four talented offspring with them. Not to be confused with the Partridges, Cohans, or Foys, the children are junior principle artists in their own right. www.vitalartsmedia.com
         
         
         
Benita Zahn
Benita Zahn
Adam Kerr
Adam Kerr
 
 
November 10
Benita Zahn with Adam Kerr
 
A multiple Emmy Award nominee, Albany news anchor Benita Zahn has covered numerous political conventions, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the Unabomber trial, and the World Gathering of Holocaust Survivors in Israel. As a performer with a degree in theater, she moonlights in area musical theater productions. Reprising the program that sold out its three-day Fort Salem engagement in August, Ms. Zahn interprets the standards with a heart steeped in theatrical tradition, singing the torch songs she has always loved in what in days gone by would be a smoky sophisticated cabaret. Opening for Benita Zahn, New York comedian Adam Kerr captures his headliner’s irreverence and gives it legs.
         
         
         
Mary Stout
Mary Stout
 
 
November 17
Mary Stout: Direct from Broadway
 
Although Mary Stout’s second grade ambition was to be an opera singer, she has managed to excel in almost every other musical idiom. Recently having concluded several stints in Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast spanning thirteen years, Ms. Stout also starred on Broadway in Jane Eyre, My Favorite Year, Copperfield, and Me and My Girl. She sings on the soundtracks of Hunchback of Notre Dame and Aladdin. On television she has been featured in Law and Order: Criminal Intent and as a series regular on AMC’s, Remember WENN. Scarcely an audition or reading goes by in Manhattan for a new musical, or old one, for that matter, without the creative team putting in a call to Ms. Stout seeking her availability. Thus it was when creating each of Fort Salem’s cabaret seasons, and this time Mary Stout said “yes.”
         
         
         
November 24
A Christmas Cabaret
         
As the culmination of a Salem wide day to kick start the holiday celebration, which includes a parade, a Courthouse Concert, and the first lighting of the town’s holiday trees, the Christmas Cabaret will feature songs of the winter season, including a preview of music from A Christmas Carol, which opens on December 14 in the Fort Salem Mainstage. www.forstsalemtheater.com
         
         
         
SATURDAY NIGHTS AT 8 PM

Cabaret Seating Is Limited
Reservations Highly Recommended

Reservation Hotline: 518-854-9200

Fall Series: $20, includes coffee and dessert
Series Subscription: $150


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INAUGURATING THE NEW MAINSTAGE
 
DECEMBER 14-23
Dickens' A Christmas Carol
 
In the newly refurbished Fort Salem Theater Mainstage, The Charles Dickens classic tale, A Christmas Carol, comes to life in a new musical version, written by novelist/sitcom scribe, Jeremy Blachman and the Fort’s artistic director, Jay Kerr. A tuneful excursion into the Dickens world of mid-nineteenth century London with some comparable action taking place in modern upstate New York. Fun for the whole family, priced accordingly.

Tickets go on sale October 15.

         
   
 
   
 
   
 
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