Creative Cauldron Lines Up Summer Cabaret And Concert Series

Creative Cauldron's Annual Summer Cabaret and Concert Series will be held on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from July 6th through September 15th at Creative Cauldron, 410 South Maple Avenue. The Summer Cabaret and Concert Series treats audiences to performances by some of the finest musical theatre talent in the Washington, DC-Metro area. Tickets range from $18 to $22 and can be purchased online at or by calling 703-436-9948.

Summer Cabaret and Concert Series Lineup

Two For a Song

Friday, July 6th and Saturday, 7th, 2018 at 8 PM

They're back for another two nights of beloved tunes at the Cauldron with Tin Pan Alley Hits and American Songbook Standards in new, fresh, authentic interpretations. Pianist Alex Hassan boasts an archival sheet music collection of more than 40,000 titles, thoroughly immersing himself in the musical style of the 20s and 30s. And Tenor Doug Bowles has performed around the world in nearly every genre from Opera to Pop! Beloved tunes, exciting discoveries, a few tears, and a lot of outrageous laughter - now THAT'S a good way to spend a Friday and Saturday night!

Katherine Riddle "More Than Just a Pretty Face: a tribute to the hardworking ingénue"

Friday, July 13th, 2018 at 8 PM

We can all spot an ingénue: those young, beautiful, naive, wholesome leading ladies of musical theater who dream and sing about snagging the perfect beau and living happily ever after. Hard enough if you're a princess. Harder still if you are living in the real world. Come celebrate Sarah, Nellie, Marian, Amalia and more... those hardworking gals who toil all day and get their man, too!

Susan Derry "Days and Dazed"

Saturday, July 14th, 2018 at 8 PM and Sunday, July 15th. at 7 PM

?Fresh from Creative Cauldron's critically acclaimed "Bold New Works for Intimate Stages" world premiere musical, Witch, soprano Susan Derry opens the musical cabaret series with a feisty evening of theatre standards, unexpected gems and the occasional random pop song!

Jade Jones "Killin' Em Softly - A 70s Soiree"

Friday, July 20th and Saturday, July 21st, 2018 at 8 PM

"Authentic, endearing, humble, genuinely funny" -- just a few bits from Broadway World's Review of Jade Jones when she performed at the 2016's Summer Cabaret series. She's back this summer with a seventies soiree that will leave this year's audience cheering for another encore!

Shenandoah Run

Friday, July 27th, 2018 at 8 PM

Fan favorite Shenandoah Run returns to the cauldron for one night of top notch folk musicianship and a passionate performance that will have the audience cheering and clapping throughout the night!

Will Stevenson "Simply Musical"

Saturday, July 28th, 2018 at 8 PM & Sunday, July 29th at 7 PM

Will Stevenson returns to take us on a walk down his musical theatre memory lane -- singing songs from shows he had the pleasure of performing in and those he only wished he had! ?This season, Stevenson appeared as Wilbur in Charlotte's Web and as Captain Crewe/Carrisford in A Little Princess. Stevenson's other roles at Creative Cauldron include Fagin in Oliver Twist (2016) and Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol Memory (2017). He has appeared regionally as Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd at Red Branch Theatre and Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit at Adventure Theatre.

Kathy Halenda "The Brassy Broads of Broadway"

Friday, August 3rd & Saturday, August 4th, 2018 at 8 PM

"The Brassy Broads of Broadway" is a musical tribute to the larger than life characters of American musical theatre- the gutsy gals who put the 'Broad' in Broadway! Ms. Halenda takes you on a frisky frolic of why we love these characters and what a broad really is- strong, brazen, often inappropriate, yet also loving, warm and achingly vulnerable. The 'broads' include: Mame Dennis from "Mame", Mama Rose from "Gypsy", Fanny Brice from "Funny Girl", Dolly Levi from "Hello Dolly", Reno Sweeney from "Anything Goes", Miss Mona from "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas", Annie Oakley from "Annie Get Your Gun", and Sally Bowles from "Cabaret". From wistful ballads to show stopping Broadway classics, Ms. Halenda combines her powerful vocal style and energetic personality to create a performance that will touch as well as tickle you. So come a Broad!

A Place to Be (Music Therapy) "Coming of Age"

Friday, August 10th & Saturday, August 11th, 2018 at 8 PM

Enjoy and be enlightened by a night of talented teens from the award winning Music Therapy Center, " A Place To Be." This show will feature songs about the struggles that teens go through, from anxiety, bullying and depression, to having that uncomfortable talk with your parents about romantic intimacy. This cast most recently performed "A Will to Survive" a rock opera about teen suicide prevention at the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center. This night will be inspiring, educational and enlightening. recommended for families and High School Freshman and beyond. Mature content.

Jim Van Slyke "Sedaka is Back!" & "Just Me and The Boys"

Friday, August 17th & Saturday, August 18th, 2018 at 8 PM

Award winning singer, songwriter and recording artist Jim Van Slyke sings the songs of pop music icon Neil Sedaka! A new twist on Jim's critically acclaimed and wildly popular "Sedaka Show". Jim celebrates the music of the Pop Music legend. Neil Sedaka himself exclaims "I've seen many singers over the years do my songs, but nobody has moved me more than Jim". Come enjoy the classics sounds of Sedaka and such treasured hits as "Laughter in the Rain", "Calendar Girl", "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do", "The Hungry Years" and some truly wonderful surprises! Regis Philbin, having seen Jim perform, hailed the Sedaka tribute as "The most remarkable hour and a half of show I have ever seen!" and featured Jim on the Regis and Kelly show. On his second night, Jim Van Slyke debuts his brand new show paying tribute to four of pop music's most iconic voices: Mel Torme, Nat King Cole, Bobby Darrin and Sammy Davis Jr. Come enjoy a night of classic songs made famous by these legends. Who can forget such classics as "When I Fall In Love", "Blue Moon", "Straighten Up and Fly Right", "Beyond the sea", "Unforgettable", and many more!

Ines Nassara "Electric Lady"

Friday, August 24th, 2018 at 8 PM

Ines Nassara's outstanding vocal and acting ability have landed her among the best emerging actresses in the DC area. Nassara recently graduated from Towson University where she performed extensively in the school's musical theatre productions. Nassara was nominated for a 2015 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical for playing Ronny in The Keegan Theatre's production of Hair. She has garnered critical acclaim for her powerful vocals, energy, and passion that she brings to the stage, driving the ensembles around her to new heights!

Catherine Purcell "A Mixtape for Heroines"

Saturday, August 25th, 2018 at 8 PM

In her first solo show, Catherine Purcell walks through her literary history, exploring the stories of her fictional heroines through folk, rock, jazz, and musical theatre standards. From Ludwig Bemelman's Madeline to Shakespeare's Hermione, Purcell hopes to revere and celebrate some of literature's most treasured women through song.

Stephen Gregory Smith "Inspired By"

Friday, September 7th & Saturday, September 8th, 2018 at 8 PM

Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith have written over a dozen shows together, and in this evening of cabaret, Stephen will shine a light on the things that inspired each of these shows, tracing threads throughout their shared history together, and the life moments that became musical numbers in their shared career.

Alan Naylor "Spring and Love, Loss and Dreams"

Friday, September 14th & Saturday, September 15th, 2018 at 8 PM

Alan Naylor returns to the Cauldron with collaborator Barbara Wilkinson for a program that harkens back to his award-winning cauldron debut in Jacques Brel. The Romantic program of Art Song and four-hand piano music centers on the drama and experience of the poet-lover. Schumann's iconic Dichterliebe will inspire you with visceral highs and lows of love and loss, but no need to brush up on your Deutsche... if English is your only language you will still leave with your heart filled and your eyes teary.

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