Chicago Cabaret Professionals to Host 15th Anniversary Gala at Park West Theatre, 10/20

By: Sep. 08, 2013
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The Chicago Cabaret Professionals will be pulling out all the stops as it proudly celebrates its fifteenth year of bringing live musical enjoyment by Chicago's favorite cabaret performers and fans on October 20 at Park West Theatre. The annuAl Gold Coast Award will be presented to popular entertainer Daryl Nitz and a special recognition award will be presented to Davenport's Cabaret and Piano Bar.

The event will be hosted by Joan Curto and feature music supervision by Beckie Menzie.

Cast members include Anne Burnell, Mark Burnell, Joan Curto, Davenport's Singing Waitstaff, Jeff Dean, Larry Dooley, Elizabeth Doyle, David Edelfelt, John Eskola, Hilary Feldman, Foiled Again (Rob Lindley, Anne Smith, Allison Bazarko), Laura Freeman, Carla Gordon, Scott Gryder, Ester Hana, Claudia Hommel, George Howe (musical director) Anita Kallen, KT McCammond, Beckie Menzie, Tom Michael, Roberta Miles, Bob Moreen, Paul Motondo, Audrey Morris, Marianne Murphy Orland, Pam Peterson, Suzanne Petri, Judy Rice, Patricia Rusk, Nick Sula, Cheryl Szucsits, Denise Tomasello, Carol Weston, and Melissa Young.

There will be a special performance by honoree Daryl Nitz, our Founding Members Cavalcade....and more!

TICKETS: PRESALE PRICES ONLY--$50 reserved table and booth seating, $27 general admission. At the door: $60 for table and booth seating and $35 for general admission.
All tickets available at, 800-514-etix (3849) and the Park West Box Office,
322 W. Armitage, Chicago. More information can be found on the Chicago Cabaret Professionals' website

Combining celebrity impressions with his outrageous comedy style, Daryl Nitz creates what Cabaret Hotline hails as "a blockbuster evening of entertainment." Amusing audiences with over 30 celebrity voices, Daryl's musical antics and impressions have been featured on WGN-TV, NBC-5 and CLTV-Metromix. Fans savor Nitz' take on Louis Armstrong, Carol Channing, Katharine Hepburn, Edith Bunker, and Mandy Patinkin. His dead-on Billie Holiday leaves audiences convinced he is channeling her!

One of Chicagoland's most-sought after nightclub performers, Nitz has performed at Park West, Royal George, Steppenwolf Theater, Naperville's Crossroads Theater, Big House, Set 'Em Up Joe's, Lakeshore Theater, Mercury Theater, Mayne Stage, Metropolis Performing Arts Center, and more. He was also a featured performer at the first Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention in Chicago.

Daryl has been a staple of Chicago's premiere cabaret club, Davenport's Piano Bar, for the past fourteen years in the Nitz-Howe Experience and is making plans for the celebration of its one thousandth performance! Cabaret Scenes magazine calls it "the best party in town."

His homage to the glamour days of 1950's Vegas nightclubs, and the musical series "Celebrity Supper Club" at The Big House, earned Daryl the title "Mr. Entertainment" of Chicago.
Nitz is a must-see performer who creates an unforgettable entertainment experience, prompting the Daily Herald Newspaper to exclaim that "Watching Daryl Nitz perform is like watching a dozen different shows at once."

Since opening in the fall of 1998, Davenport's Cabaret and Piano Bar has attracted crowds and critical acclaim, thanks to its quality lineup of talent presented in its uniquely intimate setting. It is part piano bar, part cabaret with an atmosphere that is decidedly warm, featuring soft wood panels and delicate lightinG. Davenport's talented singing waitstaff regularly adds to the nightly fun.

Davenport's devotees represent both young and old-as long as they appreciate good music, good drinks, and good conversation. Through weekly open mics hosted by George Howe and Beckie Menzie, Davenport's enables singers of all genres to hone their craft as entertainers. Its cabaret performance space is as welcoming to debut singers as it is to iconic national performers such as Jane Olivor, Karen Mason, Andrea Marcovicci, and others.

Davenport's and CCP enjoy a long and mutually beneficial partnership Davenport's has been the home of CCP's annual music series and donates the club each year to enable CCP to raise money for a charitable beneficiary (in 2013, Hands Together, Heart to Art), through its Holiday Cabaret. By attending or participating in an event at Davenport's, you support cabaret artists and artistry in Chicago and across the country.