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Cabaret 313 celebrates five years of cabaret with 2017-18 season

Season Announcement August 18, 2017

DETROIT—Cabaret 313’s 2017-18 season marks its fifth anniversary, offering audiences the opportunity to experience some of Broadway’s biggest names and brightest young talent. The season includes five performances across the city featuring Tony Award nominees and Grammy Award winners.

“Detroiters have always supported cultural arts, but five years ago there were no opportunities to see true cabaret performances in the city,” said Allan Nachman, Cabaret 313’s president and executive director. Since 2013, Cabaret 313 has existed as metro Detroit’s only traditional cabaret company, presenting Broadway performers and artists from multiple genres in some of the area’s most beautiful venues. “This year undoubtedly features the largest variety of music we’ve presented,” Nachman said. “Detroit is a musical city, and our artistic offerings will reach a wider audience with hits from jazz, pop, Broadway and classics from the New American Songbook.”

The 2017-18 season features five performances with award winners and Broadway stars including Carmen Cusack (Bright Star, Sunday in the Park with George), Kyle Riabko (Spring Awakening), Kelli Barrett (Wicked, Dr. Zhivago, Royal Family), Jarrod Spector (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Jersey Boys) and Birmingham native Alexandra Silber (West Side Story, Fiddler On the Roof), as well as a special edition performance featuring critically-acclaimed Grammy Award-winning jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli alongside his singer/actress wife Jessica Molaskey. While  Cabaret 313 gives these artists, traditionally seen in New York venues and on the Broadway stage, the opportunity to perform in a way that brings the art up close and personal with the crowd.

Over the last four years, Cabaret 313 has collaborated with Wayne State University’s Department of Music to present master classes to students. Education initiatives will continue throughout its 2017-18 season through partnerships with Wayne State as well as the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance and Detroit’s Mosaic Youth Theatre to give young artists in the region an opportunity to learn from its acclaimed artists.

“These master classes can be incredibly influential on the future careers that these students are working towards,” Nachman said. “It’s an opportunity to interact one on one with these artists in potentially life-changing sessions.”

Four master classes will occur throughout the season:

  • Carmen Cusack and students from the University of Michigan | Sep. 22
  • Kyle Riabko and students from Wayne State University | Oct. 27
  • Jarrod Spector & Kelli Barrett and Mosaic Youth Theatre | Feb. 10
  • Alexandra Silber and Mosaic Youth Theatre | Late March

Tickets to Cabaret 313 performances are $60 for General seating, $125 for Preferred seating and $25 for guests 40 & younger. A special $200 Front & Center ticket is available for the John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey performance. To purchase tickets and for complete schedule information, visit cabaret313.org or call 313-405-5061. Subscribers have the opportunity to reserve the best seats in the house while saving up to 15% on their entire order. Choose three or more performances to create a Cabaret 313 subscription.

Photo: John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molasky


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