About

The Idea

Cabaret 313 was born of the vision and passion of  Sandi Reitelman and Allan Nachman, two Metro Detroiters who developed the idea and plan to bring professional cabaret to the city of Detroit.  An intimate genre in which the singer tells a story through song, it evokes both laughter and tears and forges a connection between the artist and the listener.  Their thought was that cabaret could tap into and build on the energy and vitality that is now being unleashed in this city . With the resurgence of this art form in cities around the world, and with Detroit’s cultural renewal, both Allan and Sandi and numerous others believed the time had come to introduce cabaret to Detroit.

The Mission

Cabaret 313 is dedicated to bringing the art form of cabaret to Detroit, while supporting and enhancing the increasing energy and vibrancy in the city. As part of its mission, Cabaret 313 also fosters the growth of the art form through master class educational programming.

The Beginning

Inaugural soirees were held during the spring of 2013 in the private homes of several influential Detroit supporters. In lovely settings, guests were treated to the wonderful artistry of award-winning renowned performers Christine Andreas, Carole J. Bufford and Louise Pitre.

With the success of these sold out events, and with a bandwagon of supporters, during the fall of 2013, Cabaret 313 began to present cabaret experiences to the public, beginning with sold-out performances by Amanda McBroom, considered by some to be the “voice of her generation,”  followed by another sold-out performance featuring the iconic German-born Ute Lemper.  During the spring of 2014, Cabaret 313 hosted Broadway and TV star Norm Lewis, whose gorgeous baritone has been referred to as the most “beautiful voice on Broadway,”  and saw the return of Carole Bufford, along with Scott Coulter and Elizabeth Stanley in a show called “Eleven O’Clock Numbers.”

In a special collaboration, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and WDET, in partnership with Cabaret 313 also co-presented blues and jazz singer, Morgan James.

To fulfill its educational mission, Cabaret 313 formed a unique collaboration with Wayne State University. The collaboration resulted in master classes with Wayne State theatre students, taught by Cabaret 313 artists.

2013-2014 Season

With the success of the sold out soiree events, and with a bandwagon of supporters, during the fall of 2013, Cabaret 313 began to present cabaret experiences to the public, beginning with sold-out performances by Amanda McBroom, considered by some to be the “voice of her generation,”  followed by another sold-out performance featuring the iconic German-born Ute Lemper.  During the spring of 2014, Cabaret 313 hosted Broadway and TV star Norm Lewis, whose gorgeous baritone has been referred to as the most “beautiful voice on Broadway,”  and saw the return of Carole Bufford, along with Scott Coulter and Elizabeth Stanley in a show called “Eleven O’Clock Numbers.”

In a special collaboration, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and WDET, in partnership with Cabaret 313 also co-presented blues and jazz singer, Morgan James.

2014-2015 Season

With increasing interest and energy, Cabaret 313 introduced Detroit to five different evenings of cabaret during its 2014-2015 season.  First up was Liz Callaway, who fully engaged audiences at the Players’ Club Playhouse.  She was followed by the return of Carole Bufford, who had wowed her audiences in Detroit twice before.  This particular evening was presented in collaboration with the Michigan Opera Theatre, as part of its gala opening weekend.  The start of 2015 was marked by a high energy, lovely performance by Italian chanteuse Giada Valenti.  In March, the Bob Fosse protegee, Valarie Pettiford performed.  In one of her numbers, Ms Pettiford was “backed by” the Motor City Cabaret, a group of Wayne State University students with whom she had earlier taught a workshop. A special edition performance was added at season’s end, with an intimate evening of song with Saturday Night Live alum and Broadway star, Ana Gasteyer.

2015-16 Season

Cabaret 313 presented five evenings of cabaret in Detroit, including a special edition performance with Alan Cumming! The season began with Christine Andreas, Tony Award nominee, at the historic Player’s Playhouse. She was followed by T. Oliver Reid, who brought the sounds of Harlem to The Carr Center. Winter of 2016 brought us Jason Graae for a lovely evening of songs in tribute to composer Jerry Herman where he was joined by WSU masterclass students for a surprise song. The one and only Alan Cumming joined us in March for a sold-out performance of Sappy Songs. Maxine Linehan brought her charm to MOCAD for the final performance of the season.

2016-17 Season

Cabaret 313 began its five-show 2016-17 season with Michigan's very own Danny Gurwin & Erin Dilly. Following the duo was a Special Edition performance with Tony Award nominee Megan Hilty and February's unforgettable Valentine's Day performance with Marin Mazzie & Jason Danieley. March featured the explosive Detroit debut of jazz songstress Gabrielle Stravelli, with May closing out the season with Tony Award winner LaChanze.

2017-18 Season

The 2017-18 season marked Cabaret 313's Fifth Anniversary as Detroit's premier world-class cabaret presenter. Tony Award-nominee Carmen Cusack's southern-tinged style kicked off the season in full swing followed by Kyle Riabko's Burt Bacharach-themed show in October. Although a blizzard may have cancelled Jarrod Spector & Kelli Barrett's initial date in February, the decorated duo didn't let the weather get them down as they performed to a sold-out crowd in April. Preceding them was Birmingham native Alexandra Silber performing to a standing-room-only crowd at the Black Box Theatre in the Michigan Opera Theatre. Jazz virtuoso John Pizzarelli and his wife Jessica Molaskey filled the house for a Special Edition Performance at The Cube at the Max M. Fisher Music Center to close out the season.

Master Class Educational Programming

Cabaret 313 has made it part of its overall mission to foster the growth of the cabaret art form through educational programming and master classes taught by the artists it presents. During the 2013-2014 season, Amanda McBroom, Morgan James and Scott Coulter led master class workshops, all resulting in an end-of-year Soiree for Cabaret 313 donors. During 2014-2015, masterclasses were taught by Liz Callaway and Valarie Pettiford. In the 2015-16 season, masterclasses were taught held by T. Oliver Reid and Jason Graae with WSU joining in on a number during his performance. 2016-17 saw a wonderful master class between Tony Award winner LaChanze and the students of Mosaic Youth Theatre. The 2017-18 season featured three master classes with young performers in the area including Carmen Cusack with students from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Kyle Riabko with students from Wayne State University Performing Arts Department and Alexandra Silber with Mosaic Youth Theatre. Cabaret 313's 2018-19 season will feature three master classes: Rachel Bay Jones with students from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Jillian Louis with Mosaic Youth Theatre and performers from 11 O’Clock Numbers with Mosaic Youth Theatre.

Cabaret 313 is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing professional cabaret to Detroit.

What is cabaret?

“…An evening of song and stories in an intimate space.  Part stand-up comic, part balladeer, part evangelist; today’s performer often has a theme that unifies the evening, knows a great deal about the music they’re singing, and shares that information in witty and inventive ways. At its best, cabaret can amuse, entertain, and inform…it can dazzle you, catch you unawares and make you weep… The audience participates in a direct, emotional conversation with the artist…”

Andrea Marcovicci,
New York Times