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 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.
Ana Gasteyer, "Elegant Songs from a Handsome Women"...Marlene Boll Theatre, May 8, 2015
Valerie Pettiford, "All That Jazz", Black Box Theatre at Michigan Opera Theatre...March 28th, 2015
Giada Valenti, "From Venice with Love", Marlene Boll Theatre...January 17th, 2015