Should they call it Linda and Maria Explain It All? They (Linda Kahn and Maria Corsaro ) certainly do in their performance of What the Hell Is Cabaret?! — a show performed later this month at the Laurie Beechman Theatre under The West Bank Cafe at 407 West 42 Street.
Still drawn to the lights of Broadway they dreamed of years ago as theater majors, the two budding friends decided to take the plunge and start singing again. They signed up for a master class to figure out how to get back in the business; what they discovered along the way is that there are many roads to creative expression and one of them is called “cabaret.”
The duo first presented their show last fall. They describe it as “a lighthearted response to the perennial question put to those in the business of cabaret. One part musical theatre. One part cabaret. A whole lot of fun!”
Making his directorial debut and also music directing the performance is Kenneth Gartman, with Tom Hubbard on bass and Matt Vander Ende on drums. The show features standards such as “I Got the Sun in the Morning,” “Hey, Look Me Over” and “What Are You Doing for the Rest of Your Life?” along with other pop tunes and musical theatre numbers: “No More Tears” (“Enough Is Enough”) by Paul Jabara and Bruce Roberts, “Secondhand White Baby Grand” by Marc Shaiman and Scott Witmann, and “Die Vampire, Die!” from [title of show] by Jeff Bowen and Susan Blackwell.
The upcoming performances are scheduled for Tuesday, June 20, at 7 pm; and Saturday, June 24 at 2 pm. Advance purchase is strongly recommended. $20 Cover ($15 for MAC Members) + $20 food/beverage minimum.
Web page: http://www.kennethgartman.com/whatthehelliscabaret2017.html
Promo Video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYmA-IWlAnc