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 masterclasses with Wayne State theatre students, taught by Cabaret 313 artists.

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 featured three masterclasses: 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’s 2019-20 season featured three master class instructors: Joshua Henry, Sierra Boggess, and Christine Andreas.

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

Cabaret 313 Board of Directors

Allan Nachman Executive Director
Bruce Kridler Board Member
David Karp Board Member
Hazel Karbel Board Member
Irwin L. Elson Board Member
Joy Nachman Board Member
Lawrence N. Bluth Board Member
Paul Jacobs Board Member
Sabrina Rosneck Executive Assistant
Sandi Reitelman Board Member
Edward Eickhoff Treasurer

What is cabaret?

“There are no costumes, no elaborate sets, no distant balcony seats — it’s just you listening to another person pour their heart out on stage. But you aren’t just there to observe — they see you, hear you, react to you, ensuring no two shows are ever the same. Even in the Instagram age, cabaret is one art form that demands to be experienced live.”

- Sarah Bahr

Cabaret 313 Financials

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