Provincetown CabaretFest 2018 to Feature Marilyn Maye and Jeff Harnar
The soulful songs and glamorous nightlife of the 1950s will swing once more when CabaretFest returns to Provincetown May 31 to June 3. Seasoned cabaret veterans from Boston, New York City and Palm Springs, along with newcomers, will participate in ten live shows, a Q&A session, two workshops, Marilyn Maye Master Class, networking, entertainment, an Open Mic party and education opportunities.
The weekend is for both performers and music lovers. The mission statement of Ambassador Productions (producer of Provincetown CabaretFest) is "to entertain, train and educate anyone interested in the preserving art of cabaret performance."
On May 31, renowned cabaret artist Marilyn Maye will present a Master Class. Maye works with performers by sharing her vast knowledge, which is based on a lifetime of performing. Ella Fitzgerald regarded Maye as "the greatest white, female singer in the world." The Smithsonian Institution has installed Maye's work in the pantheon of other greats such as Billy Holiday, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland. Outside of New York City, it is a rare event for singers to be able to take her master class. Tickets to participate in Maye's master class will be sold separately at www.provincetowncabaretfest.com . Candidates will be coached by Ms. Maye and perform before an audience at the festival's closing show "Music, Music, Music" at the Crown & Anchor on June 3. Students can also audit the master class. Auditors will not work directly with Ms. Maye and do not perform at the Sunday luncheon show. Space for the master class is limited.
On June 2, acclaimed cabaret star Jeff Harnar brings his show "The 1959 Broadway Songbook" to Provincetown CabaretFest, as the festival headliner. Harnar has received numerous industry awards, including: three Backstage Bistro Awards; two Manhattan Association of Cabaret (MAC) Awards as Best Male Vocalist; and The Noel Coward Foundation Cabaret Award. Known for his velvety baritone voice, Harnar's vast repertoire has earned him recognition in The New York Times as "the most important male cabaret performer since Michael Feinstein." Harnar's cabaret work has headlined major New York City venues, from The Algonquin Hotel's Oak Room and Feinstein's at The Regency, to Birdland, The Iridium, and Carnegie Hall.
The festival's Lifetime Achievement Award, previously awarded to Bobby Wetherbee and Marilyn Maye, will be announced in March and will be presented on June 2.
Festival workshops and most shows will take place at The Crown and Anchor Inn complex in Provincetown, according to CabaretFest producer Patricia Fitzpatrick. The White Wind Inn and The Harbor Hotel will also host related special events connected with the festival. "We offer an incredible variety of learning and entertainment opportunities during CabaretFest," says Fitzpatrick. "If you love the intimacy of the cabaret experience, if you love the sophistication and swing of the 1950s, you can't help but love CabaretFest 2018."
Ticket prices vary from single-show tickets to the VIP Pass (which invites the VIP Pass holder to festival events, private parties and all ten cabaret shows). Fees for the Marilyn Maye Master Class are limited and require a separate purchase.
For information about all CabaretFest events, tickets, sponsor hotels offering discounted rates and dining discounts, please visit the website www.provincetowncabaretfest.com or like us on Facebook at Provincetown CabaretFest.