Marilyn Maye, Christine Andreas and More Set for The O'Neill's 2012 Cabaret & Performance Conference, 8/1-11

Marilyn Maye, Christine Andreas and More Set for The O'Neill's 2012 Cabaret & Performance Conference, 8/1-11

Artistic Director Michael Bush announced today the final schedule of performances for the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's 2012 Cabaret & Performance Conference. Beginning August 1, the ten-day conference will feature performances nightly, with the Grand Finale on Saturday evening, August 11.

The Cabaret & Performance Conference re-examines, redefines, and revitalizes the cabaret art form for the 21st Century. Over an intense two-week period, the Conference provides hands-on guidance and instruction to a select group chosen by application and invitation, as well as the development of special "Cabaret Theater" projects with the top names in theater today.

This year's Conference will be highlighted by a special mainstage event on Friday, August 3 with "AC-CENT-TCHU-ATE THE POSITIVE", A Johnny Mercer Celebration, created with the support of the Johnny Mercer Foundation, featuring performances from all the Conference artists.

This year's featured guest artists include solo acts by the timeless and resurgent Marilyn Maye, whose performance venues have ranged from the renowned Rose Hall at The Lincoln Center to more than 70 appearances on the Johnny Carson Show; Loni Ackerman, one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's great leading ladies, having starred on Broadway in the original productions of Evita, CATS, and Sunset Boulevard; and Christine Andreas, fresh off her year-long tour starring as Jacqueline in the Tony and Olivier Award-winning Production of La Cage aux Folles starring Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge.

Other special guests include the O'Neill's own Penny Fuller, a Tony and Drama Desk Award-nominated actress, who also returns for her eighth season as Artistic Associate; Jeremiah James, recently cast as the mysterious El Gallo in the Off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks; playwright, lyricist, and actress Gretchen Cryer in a sequel to 2011's Off Broadway hit I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road; Amanda McBroom, performer and lyricist whose international appearances include Carnegie Hall, FORD Amphitheatre in L.A, The Kennedy Center, Angel Recital Hall in Sydney, and Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall in Taiwan; and Steve Blanchard, who starred as the Beast in Beauty and the Beast for a ten-year run on Broadway; and stage and screen actress and Tony Award nominee together with Veanne Cox, whose stage credits include Company, SMILE, and Caroline, or Change, in 40 Naked Women, A Monkey, and Me - In concert.

"The 2012 Cabaret & Performance Conference is far and away the most ambitious during my eight-year tenure," says Artistic Director Michael Bush. "I am particularly thrilled to collaborate with so many incredible artists on a special event in celebration of one of America's greatest songwriters, Johnny Mercer."

Joining Bush and Fuller in guiding the Conference are Artistic Associates Barry Kleinbort and Donna Trinkoff. Kleinbortis a composer, director and lyricist who has received the prestigious Edward Kleban Foundation Award and ten Manhattan Association of Cabaret (MAC) Awards, among many others; Trinkoff is Artistic Director of Amas Musical Theatre and a producer of the Off-Broadway hit Silence! The Musical.

2012 Cabaret & Performance Conference Lineup
(Schedule and artists subject to change)

Wednesday, August 1
8:00 pm - Cabaret Opening Night Ceremonies

Michael Bush, Artistic Director, hosts a very special opening night complete with sneak previews of special guest artists. General Admission: FREE.

Thursday, August 2
8:00 pm - Marilyn Maye - Special Guest Artist Performance!

General Admission: $35; $30 (members)

Friday, August 3
8:00 pm - "AC-CENT-TCHU-ATE THE POSITIVE" - A Johnny Mercer Celebration

An evening celebrating the legendary Johnny Mercer, featuring Penny Fuller, Marilyn Maye, Amanda McBroom, and more. Made possible with support from the Johnny Mercer Foundation. Admission: $40; $35 (members)

Saturday, August 4
8:00 pm - Still Getting My Act Together - In concert
Written by Gretchen Cryer & Nancy Ford

The sequel to the Off Broadway hit, I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road, starring the fantastic Gretchen Cryer and Sheri Sanders. General Admission: $40; $35 (members)

Sunday, August 5
6:00 pm - 2012 O'Neill Follies

An endlessly entertaining, two-act evening featuring new cabaret sets from the best and brightest, including Leanne Borghesi, Jeremiah James, Susan Winter, and the O'Neill's own Penny Fuller. General Admission: $35; $30 (members)

Tuesday, August 7
8:00 pm - Loni Ackerman in Next to Ab-normal

In this new cabaret show, Next to Ab-Normal, Broadway regular Loni Ackerman recalls personal stories of her unusual New York upbringing and revisits songs she sang in New York hits like "Starting Here, Starting Now." General Admission: $35; $30 (members)

Wednesday, August 8
8:00 pm - Christine Andreas - In Concert
Featuring 2012 Cabaret Junior Fellows

Enjoy sights and sounds from the O'Neill's young cabaret stars, together with the talented Christine Andreas. General Admission: $40; $35 (members)

Thursday, August 9
8:00 pm - 2012 Cabaret Fellows

Join the talented class of 2012 Cabaret Fellows for an evening of exciting new cabaret and other special projects. General Admission: $35; $30 (members)

Friday, August 10
8:00 pm - 40 Naked Women, A Monkey, and Me - In Concert
Written by Jonathan Brielle

Come see the phenomenal Veanne Cox in this stirring musical extravaganza, written by Jonathan Brielle, featuring a guest eight-piece orchestra. General Admission: $35; $30 (members)

Saturday, August 11

Join our Cabaret Conference Fellows and Guest Artists for a final gala evening that caps off a wonderful week, featuring a little bit of everything and a little bit of everyone! Post-show reception to follow.

General Admission: $45; $40 (members)
Table seating for two: $60; $50 (members)
Table seating for four: $220; $180 (members)

Table seating, including a bottle of wine, is available for each show. Cabaret tables for two are $50; $40 for members. Cabaret tables for four are $180; $140 for members. Most evenings close with a public "Open Mic" at Blue Gene's Pub, featuring performances by Conference fellows, special guest artists, and O'Neill artistic and production staff.

All performances take place in the Dina Merrill Theater. Please call the O'Neill Box Office at 860-443-1238 or visit for reservations.

Founded in 1964, The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center honors the work of Eugene O'Neill, four-time Pulitzer Prize Winner and America's only playwright to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, and is the recipient of two Tony Awards, in 2010 for Regional Theatre, and in 1979 for Theatrical Excellence.

The O'Neill is the country's preeminent organization dedicated to the development of new works and new voices for American theater. It has been home to more than 1,000 new works for the stage and to more than 2,500 emerging artists. Scores of projects developed at the O'Neill have gone on to full production at other theaters around the world, including Broadway, Off-Broadway, and major regional theaters.

O'Neill programs include the National Playwrights Conference, National Music Theater Conference, National Critics Institute, National Puppetry Conference, Cabaret & Performance Conference, and National Theater Institute which conducts semester-long intensive theater training and includes Theatermakers, a six-week summer program; academic credits are awarded for all NTI programs.

The O'Neill owns and operates the Monte Cristo Cottage as a museum open to the public. Childhood summer home of Eugene O'Neill, the Cottage is a National Historic Landmark.

In addition to its Tony recognition, the O'Neill has received the National Opera Award, the Jujamcyn Award for Theatre Excellence, and the Arts and Business Council Encore Award. For more information, visit or email



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