Absinthe Cabaret Teams with Saffire Restaurant for Broadway Gospel Sunday Brunch Series

Absinthe, A Broadway Cabaret, LLC, has announced its premiere Broadway Gospel Sunday Brunch Series at Saffire Restaurant & Bar in The Factory of Franklin at 12:30pm on Sunday January 12, 2014. Headlining the opening show on January 12 is Liza Minnelli's accompanist, musical director and protégé, Johnny Rodgers, also known as the Ambassador of American Music. He will be accompanied by local favorite, the Siren of the South, Ms. Stephanie Adlington, star of Always Patsy Cline.

"As a Franklin resident, I live part-time in Manhattan and love the cabarets I visit when I'm in New York. I'm delighted to bring this art form to Nashville. Providing our residents as well as visitors with true Broadway cabaret entertainment further broadens our city's distinction as Music City USA," states Carolan Trbovich, CEO and Executive Producer. "The addition of Sunday Gospel brunches, pairing our local Country and Gospel artists with Broadway performers adds an element of diversity unique only to Nashville. We are thrilled to have partnered with Saffire Restaurant to bring an exceptional brunch experience to our line-up of events," she adds.

The brunch will feature a special Saffire buffet menu created by Executive Chef Vinny Tardo for an all-inclusive ticket price of $50. Other dates for the Broadway Gospel Sunday Brunch are scheduled for January 26, February 9 and February 23. Performers for each date will be announced prior to the event, and tickets and information will be available on the websites of Absinthe Cabaret (www.abcab.net) and Saffire Restaurant. (www.saffirerestaurant.com)

The art of Cabaret was established in Paris in the late 1800's and distinguished as an elegant yet casual venue that offered an intimate setting for audiences to interact with performers at close range. Performances were hosted by a master of ceremonies while guests enjoyed food and beverages. Due to the rising popularity of rock concerts, television variety shows and comedy clubs, cabarets saw a decline in the 1960's. American Cabaret is presently undergoing a resurgence of interest in the US. A new generation of performers, mostly today's Broadway stars, are reinterpreting a combination of original music as well as old standards. Today, an audience of several generations is seeking out this reimagined form of entertainment.

Nestled within the historic Factory at Franklin, Saffire Restaurant and Bar is an intimate restaurant with an urban feel. Owned by local restaurateur Tom Morales, Saffire is a sought-after destination that combines locally-grown produce and indigenous flavors with exotic ingredients to deliver wonderfully creative cuisine. Its imaginative menu, spectacular wine & bar program, welcoming surroundings and attentive service transports guests to a place where culinary meets comfort: this is Saffire

For tickets and more information, visit www. abcab.net and http://saffirerestaurant.com/reservations/

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