Photo Flash: Billy Stritch and Jim Caruso Duet at the O'Neill Center's 2014 Cabaret Conference
On July 23 and 24, performers Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch (along with bass player Steve Doyle) took their swinging, sophisticated nightclub act to the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Cabaret & Performance Conference in Waterford, CT. The duo performed in concert, and also participated in a talk-back with the students who are interested in creating their own one-person shows on the cabaret scene. Scroll down for photos!
Caruso and Stritch host and perform at Cast Party every Monday at Birdland in NYC, and look forward to their own concert at the historic venue on Monday, August 11 at 7pm. They will also return to their East Side home at Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle Hotel every Sunday in September and December.
The Cabaret & Performance Conference (CPC), under new artistic director, John McDaniel, was re-established in 2005 after a six year hiatus as a dynamic opportunity for performers to work on new projects with the guidance of an accomplished team of professional directors, music directors, and guest artists. The Conference reexamines, redefines and revitalizes the Cabaret art form for the 21st century, using a definition of cabaret as "any kind of live performance in an intimate space that often breaks the fourth wall." During its intense two-week period, this conference provides hands-on artistic guidance and instruction to a select group of participants chosen by application and invitation, as well as the development of special "Cabaret Theater" projects featuring some of the top names in theater today.
Over the last six summers, the Conference has presented over 60 performances including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame''s Ronnie Spector, country recording artist Sherrie Austin, and Broadway and Cabaret favorites including Betty Buckley, Mimi Hines, Susie Mosher, Tommy Tune, Donna McKechnie, Leslie Uggams, Barb Jungr, Wesla Whitfield and Mike Greensill, Gregg Edelman, Tony Roberts, Penny Fuller, Gertha Boston, Rita Gardner, Amanda Green, Deven May, Andre DeShields and many more.