Mad Cow Announces 16th Annual Cabaret Festival Events

Mad Cow Theatre announces the return of a singular downtown Orlando event - the 16th annual Orlando Cabaret Festival, featuring cabaret artists from Central Florida and beyond.

Over the course of 10 days, Mad Cow Theatre will host 13 performances that celebrate the American popular song, from the early days of rock 'n' roll up to the present. Headliners will be the Atlantic City Boys, four dynamic lead singers who have wowed audiences in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, at Walt Disney World, and on cruise ships around the world. Their show is an exciting mix of sophisticated vocals and interactive comedy, featuring the rock harmonies of the Beatles, The Beach Boys, the Drifters, The Bee Gees, and of course, Frank Valli and the Four Seasons. The boys have performed with many greats, from Jay Leno to Huey Lewis, the Temptations and Pattie Labelle.

Taking the stage at Mad Cow's fourth annual signature fundraiser, the Black & White Bash, will be 4eva29, the glamorous and hilarious girl group of rock-star moms and their "parody songs for real women."

The perennial Cabfest favorite It Was a Very Good Year will return to celebrate the hits of 1952 and 1972, and the festival will wind up with its traditional Mother's Day Brunch at Ceviche Tapas, 125 W. Church St., and a new Mother's Day Supper at Kres Chophouse, 17 W. Church St., both in downtown Orlando.

The 16th annual Orlando Cabaret Festival will run May 4-13 at Mad Cow Theatre, 54 West Church St. (second floor), downtown Orlando. Tickets may be purchased through the Mad Cow's patron services at 407-297-8788 Ext. 1 or at

Cabaret Festival performers and shows:

ATLANTIC CITY BOYS - May 5 at 7 p.m., $40.

IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR - Various times and dates, May 4-13, $15 and $20.
A staple of the Orlando Cabaret Festival, It Was a Very Good Year transports audiences back to 1952 and 1972 in two separate musical revues. Cast members Victoria Broadhurst, Alan Gillespie, Allison Piehl and Adam Reilly will perform in these collaborations between writer/director Ron Schneider and musical director Austin McElwain.

IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR 1952 - May 4 at 8 p.m., May 5 at 5 p.m., May 9 and 11 at noon, May 13 at 11 a.m. (Mother's Day Brunch). $15 and $20 regular performances, $50 Mother's Day Brunch. The Today Show premiered and UFOs were emerging. The Great American Songbook was at its best, from Nat "King" Cole to Hank Williams. Visit a time of hot country music, cool jazz and romantic standards mixed with the tales and the personalities of 1952.

IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR 1972 - May 5 and 11 at 8 p.m., May 8 and 10 at noon, May 12 at 5 p.m., May 13 at 4:30 p.m. (Mother's Day Supper). $15 and $20 regular performances, $68 Mother's Day Supper. Baby boomers were graduating, The Godfather was released at the movies and music was alive, from "American Pie" to "Burning Love" and "Rocket Man." Enjoy Hollywood hits and love standards mixed with the chatter, politics and culture of 1972!

BLACK & WHITE BASH -Sunday May 6 at 6 p.m., Kres Chophouse, 17 W. Church St., Orlando. $125, (including valet parking).

The glamorous girl group 4eva29 will entertain at this gala event to support downtown Orlando's only professional theatre company. Join us for heavy hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, a raffle filled with vacation packages, and a healthy taste of cabaret. Please wear your best black and white!

  • All tickets are subject to a $3 ticketing fee.
  • Parking Information is available here.
  • Our theatre is on the second floor at 54 West Church St., Orlando, FL 32801
  • Our mailing address is P.O. Box 3109, Orlando, FL 32802.

Mad Cow Theatre is downtown Orlando's professional theatre company, presenting compelling works of theatre for a wide range of audiences, with a passion for both classic and contemporary plays and musicals representing the best of American and world literature. Founded in 1997, Mad Cow has produced more than 175 works of theatre to an ever-widening audience - promoting, enhancing and celebrating the human condition through art.

Mad Cow Theatre is a 501(c)(3) arts organization funded by the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Downtown Development Board, the Florida Theatrical Association, Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs and members of the Central Florida community like you.

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