Artistic Director Michael Bush presents the final schedule of performances for the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's 2012 Cabaret & Performance Conference. Beginning today, 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)