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“We’re Bicoastal!” Opens The Signature Cabaret Series

  Peoria Cabaret Theatre is very excited to introduce The Signature Cabaret Series to The Broadway Lounge in The NEW Waterhouse at the Maxam Building! 

We open things up on March 21 and 22 with a double bill called “We’re Bicoastal!” Featuring solo shows starring Kelsey Burd (grew up in Washington- now in NYC) and Bryan Krasner (grew up in Peoria- now in LA).  Tickets are $15pp for either show or see them both for $25pp!  Call (309)494-9100 or email thewaterhouse@aol.com to make your reservations. Please note: Good seating is very limited-less than 80 seats!

Bryan Krasner performs 3/21 at 9:30pm and 3/22 at 7:30pm

Bryan Krasner recently guest starred on “How I Met Your Mother” on CBS, “Rizzoli and Isles” on TNT, and “Ironside” on NBC. His film credits include leading roles in the Warner Brothers feature “Alien Raiders” and “Scream of the Bikini”. He is a member of the award-winning Sacred Fools Theater Company, performing in “The Magic Bullet Theory”, “Savin’ Up for Saturday Night”, “Neverwhere”,and the critically acclaimed “Beaverquest!” and “Forbidden Zone” which includes original music by Danny Elfman and Oingo Boingo. Bryan also appeared in Sam Shepard’s “The God of Hell” at The Geffen Playhouse directed by Jason Alexander and starring Bryan Cranston from “Breaking Bad”.

Kelsey Burd performs 3/21 at 9:30pm and 3/22 at 7:30pm

Join Kelsey Burd for a musical journey through her childhood influences, her adventure in the big city and future aspirations. She will cover it all from Lady Gaga, to classic rock, to The Phantom of the Opera! Featuring Kristen Williams on the keys, Randy Burd on Guitar and a special appearance by Mike Reams!

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March 8th & 9th, 2013

Peoria Cabaret Theatre is thrilled to present the return engagement of our 2010 smash hit The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)  for ONE WEEKEND ONLY, March 8th and 9th.  The original cast is back featuring Barb Couri, Jarod Hazzard, Katie McLuckie, Mike Reams and Tony Roberts on the piano!

THE SHOW: The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) is a musical about … musicals! In this comic satire of musical theatre genres, the same story is told five different ways – each in the distinctive style of a different master of the form…Rodgers and Hammerstein (Oklahoma, South Pacific), Stephen Sondheim (Company, Sweeney Todd), Jerry Herman (Hello Dolly, Mame), Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom of the Opera, Evita), & Kander and Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret). It’s Saturday Night Live meets Glee!” There is truly something in this show for EVERYONE!

Admission is $37 per person for dinner, show, tax and fees.  Doors open at 6:00PM, dinner starts at 6:30PM and the show starts at 8:00PMTo purchase your seats and view the menu, please go to PeoriaCabaretTheatre.com or click on the microphone in the top right corner of this blog.

Check out Gary Panetta’s review of the original 2010 production here.

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Come for Mike, Stay for the Open Mic!

Warm up your vocal chords and dust off your music books! We are hosting a Musical Theatre Open Mic after Mike Reams: OUT OF OBSCURITY-  Songs From Forgotten Broadway tomorrow night August 11!

Just bring yourself and some music (or check out ours!), and we’ll supply the accompanist. A full bar is open for those of you needing a “shot” of courage. Come perform your favorite show tunes in a friendly, supportive, wildly fun environment. Spread the word and tell all your friends!

Doors open at 10pm after the show. All ages are welcome and admission to the Open Mic is FREE!

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Mike Reams in OUT OF OBSCURITY: Songs From Forgotten Broadway

Peoria Cabaret Theatre is proud to present Mike Reams in OUT OF OBSCURITY: Songs From Forgotten Broadway as part of our Signature Cabaret Series for one night only on Saturday August 11th, 2012.

Mike Reams (Musical of Musicals, Fully Committed) returns to the PCT stage for this trip down Broadway featuring a unique mix of gems from shows that are little known to today’s audiences. Mike puts his own unique spin on songs from some of Broadway’s top composers, including both rare and classic hits from Jerry Herman, Rogers & Hart, Jule Styne, Kander & Ebb, Burt Bacharach and many more. In addition to the combo led by music director Tony Roberts, Mike will be joined onstage for a special guest appearance by Barb Couri.

The doors open at 6pm. Dinner is from 6:30pm-7:30pm and the show is at 8pm sharp.Tickets are $28pp (includes tax and gratuity) and features a buffet dinner of Italian Beef au jus, Boneless Breast of Chicken in a creamy white wine sauce with mushrooms, smashed potatoes, green beans, glazed baby carrots, tossed mixed greens, dinner rolls, and dessert.

Click on the microphone in the top right corner of this blog to order tickets or click here.


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Don’t Miss Our Final Open Mic and Carmen McCarthy!

Tonight is our FINAL scheduled Musical Theatre Open Mic Night of the season!  Don’t miss your last chance to sing all of the roles you’ve always wanted to play! Just bring yourself and some music (or check out ours!), and we’ll supply the accompanist. For those of you needing a “shot” of courage, the bar will also be open. Come perform your favorite show tunes in a friendly, supportive, fun environment.  Doors open at 10:15pm after the performance of “Master Class” and the madness begins at 10:30.  ADMISSION IS FREE!

Our Late Night Cabaret series concludes on Saturday, March 12th  with Carmen McCarthy: A Semi-autobiographical Kind of Cabaret. Doors open after the Main Stage show at 10pm. Shows start at 11pm on Bar Stage. $5pp admission. Bar is open until midnight!


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Peoria Live Theatre League Sings the Praises of “Master Class”

We received a stellar review of our current production of Master Class from The Live Theatre League of Greater Peoria’s website!  Here are some of the highlights…

Review of Master Class
Peoria Cabaret Theatre
March 4, 2011
By Douglas Okey

 Even theatre-goers who do not know opera know Maria Callas.  Comparisons to Charlie Sheen or Lindsay Lohan stretch the point, but to some degree Callas was a bad girl in her day.  Scandal and controversy seemed to trail La Divina, as she was sometimes called.  Most familiar to many Americans might be her long-time dalliance with billionaire Aristotle Onassis, who later put the “O” in “Jackie O.” 

The Maria Callas at the center of Terence McNally’s 1995 play Master Class,directed by Andrew Driscoll for Peoria Cabaret Theatre at the Waterhouse, has long since put most of the eyebrow-raising behind her.  The story is inspired by a series of master classes in opera that Callas conducted at Juilliard in the early 1970s.  This Callas very much plays the diva with her students and support staff, but McNally’s play explores the complex demands placed upon an artist in the public eye.   

In the story, Callas, played here by Susan Somerville Brown, addresses the audience as she prepares to work individually with students coming in to work with the legendary soprano.  She interacts with the classroom accompanist, Manny (a subtle performance by Anthony Roberts) and a stagehand played by Ed Peck.  In these dealings, Callas behaves with an air of entitlement that would make Naomi Campbell proud, but a warm sense of humor blunts the point of her sting.  Still, the students—two sopranos played by Rebecca Meyer and Elisabeth Richter and a tenor played by Jarod Hazzard—stand suitably in awe of her fame and talent.  These accomplished singers each bring out a different aspect of Callas’s personality, and those aspects are not always flattering.

…Somerville Brown’s Callas demands our attention from the moment she takes the stage.  She demonstrates the ability to capture and control; she captivated the opening night audience at several key moments throughout the play.  It’s easy to imagine how small one might feel under that steely gaze for too long, so we can sympathize with the students.  As she gradually reveals bits and pieces of her past, always with the dismissive, “But that’s another story,” we begin to understand how the eye of the public took its toll on Callas herself… It is a gripping performance in a daunting role… 

Playgoers note: though opera is the subject, no special familiarity with either the music or the industry is required to enjoy this fine performance

 You can read the full review HERE.

 Master Class continues this Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12 at The WaterhouseReservations can be made by calling The Waterhouse office at 309.494.9100 or ONLINE HERE. The doors will open at 6pm for cocktails and a three course plated dinner is served starting at 6:30pm. The show will begin promptly at 8:00pm.  Admission is $45 with a portion of every full price admission donated to Opera Illinois League.

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“Master Class” Opens This Friday!

Peoria Cabaret Theatre proudly presents MASTER CLASS March 4, 5, 11, 12 to benefit Opera Illinois League.  A Tony winner for Best Play, MASTER CLASS stars Susan Somerville (courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association) as Maria Callas. The cast also includes local opera favorite Elisabeth Richter as Second Soprano (Sharon), the role that won a Best Supporting Actress Tony for Audra McDonald. Rounding out the cast are Jarod Hazzard as Tenor (Tony), Rebecca Myer as First Soprano (Sophie), Anthony Roberts as Accompanist (Manny) and Ed Peck as the Stagehand.

 THE STORY: MASTER CLASS is Terrence McNally’s Tony winning masterpiece about Maria Callas. Inspired by a series of master classes the great diva conducted toward the end of her career, this drama puts Maria Callas at center stage again as she coaxes, prods, and inspires students into giving the performances of their lives while revealing her own. Dazzling theatricality comes from Callas’s cunning wit, her emotional explosions, & the soaring music as each student sings an aria that exposes the Divina’s vulnerabilities …and her genius.

 Admission is $45 per person (tax included) for dinner and show.  A portion of every full price admission will be donated to Opera Illinois League! The evening features a THREE COURSE PLATED DINNER. 1st Course: Regina Salad with choice of house creamy citrus or balsamic vinaigrette dressing. 2nd Course: Your choice of Prime Rib au jus or Herb Crusted Salmon with twiced baked potato and spring vegetables. 3rd Course: Tiramisu. 

 Reservations can be made by calling The Waterhouse office at 309.494.9100 or ONLINE HERE. The doors will open at 6pm for cocktails and dinner is served starting at 6:30pm. The show will begin promptly at 8:00pm.

Listen to the radio commercial for MASTER CLASS

Read Gary Panetta’s Peoria Journal Star Article on MASTER CLASS

Andrew Driscoll and Susan Somerville discuss MASTER CLASS on 1470 WMBD

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