Megan Hilty Kicks Off Bay Area Cabaret's 10th Season Tonight
Bay Area Cabaret, devoted to presenting audiences with top performers who expand the definition of cabaret, enters its 10th season this fall with a gala series at the Fairmont San Francisco's historic Venetian Room. To celebrate this significant milestone, Bay Area Cabaret presents a star-studded lineup of performers making their Bay Area Cabaret debuts, as well as the return of a few favorites from the past decade. Opening the season tonight, September 21, 2013 with a bang is Broadway's Megan Hilty, known to millions as the powerhouse "Bombshell" on NBC's television program Smash. The season continues October 20, 2013 with Tony nominee Norm Lewis (The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess) and November 10, 2013 with "America's romantic piano sensation," multi-platinum selling recording artist Jim Brickman, joined by special guest Broadway heartthrob David Burnham.
After a short break for the holidays, Bay Area Cabaret resumes in 2014 with the return of the critically-acclaimed cabaret duo John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey, bringing their critically acclaimed new show This Must Be the Place? to San Francisco, January 19, 2014. Ever-youthful Broadway legend Chita Rivera will unveil her new 80th birthday celebration show Chita Rivera: A Legendary Celebration at the Venetian Room February 23, 2014, and Grammy-nominated chanteuse Stacey Kent will perform March 15, 2014 with selections from her brand new album The Changing Lights. Rounding out the season is the San Francisco debut of the "remarkably soulful" rising star Morgan James, performing April 6, 2014, and a season finale by ten-time MAC Award-winning Broadway and cabaret diva Karen Mason, May 18, 2014.
All shows are presented in the Venetian Room at the Fairmont San Francisco. Tickets to most shows are $48, with no food or drink minimum required, and substantial discounts and reserved seating are offered for subscribers. Information is available at www.bayareacabaret.org. Subscriptions can also be purchased at (415) 927-4636 and single tickets at (415) 392-4400.
After several seasons of presenting shows in a variety of elegant showrooms, Bay Area Cabaret found a permanent home three years ago when it was invited to reopen the Fairmont Hotel's historic Venetian Room, which had been dark as an entertainment venue for over 21 years. Following a gala opening (featuring Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch), the company went on to present such musical legends as Anika Noni Rose, Lillias White, Elaine Paige, Tommy Tune, and the Bay Area Teen Idol competition, with judges from American Idol and Wicked. Having been awarded exclusive music booking rights to the Venetian Room, Bay Area Cabaret has continued to provide stellar lineups, and now begins its fourth year in residence, to present Bay Area Cabaret's Tenth Anniversary Season.
From 1947 to 1989, the Venetian Room reigned supreme as the city's premier showroom. It was here that Tony Bennett introduced his signature song, 'I Left My Heart in San Francisco' and show business legends like Ella Fitzgerald, Marlene Dietrich, Tina Turner, Peggy Lee, Nat 'King' Cole, and many others held forth for more than four decades. Said Marilyn Levinson, Founding Executive Producer of Bay Area Cabaret, "The city's music patrons have given an enthusiastic reception to Bay Area Cabaret in the Venetian Room, and visitors to the hotel seem thrilled that the grande dame of showrooms has been brought back to life. With performances by top caliber artists, and a renovation of the Laurel Court restaurant and its menu, San Franciscans are flocking to Nob Hill to enjoy the glamour reminiscent of the city's golden age."