Arts Spotlight: Life is a Cabaret

Avery Summers

Lucky Palm Beach County residents have their pick when it comes to top notch cabaret. At the popular ArtsGarage in Delray Beach, Alice Day takes the stage this Saturday, Sept. 29 for one night only. Affectionately called Florida’s “First Lady of Jazz,” Day’s performances are well known for her candid presentations of lesser-known and unusual tunes, all delivered with emotional, heartfelt interpretations.

Manalapan Theatre Launches Weekend Cabaret Shows. Tickets are $20-30 in advance at www.ArtsGarage.org or $25-35 at the door.

The Plaza Theatre in Manalapan has added three weekends of cabaret performances to its fall calendar. Located in the intimate shopping center space formerly occupied by Florida Stage, Plaza Theatre has been creating buzz with a series of musical reviews that have had its audiences’ toes tapping. On Sept. 29 and 30, Julie Kleiner, Bryan Ortega, Leah Sessa and Barry Tarrallo will sing a program of familiar Broadway showtunes. All four are new to the Plaza. The following weekend, Oct. 6 to 7, Missy McArdle will perform a tribute to the ultimate diva of stage and screen, Ethel Merman. Finally, Mia Matthews will be featured on Oct. 13 to 14 in “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend,” a collection of movie tunes made famous by Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, Mae West, Carmen Miranda and Madonna. Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 for individual shows or $75 for the series. Plaza Theatre is located at Plaza del Mar, 262 S. Ocean Blvd. For tickets or more information, go to www.ThePlazaTheatre.net.

And, of course, we can’t talk cabaret without mentioning the world famous Royal Room at Palm Beach’s Colony Hotel. This week, the hotel announced local favorite Avery Sommers will be returning this fall for her sixth engagement since debuting four years ago. A veteran of Broadway, Sommers is still remembered for her roles in Ain’t Misbehavin’, Showboat and South Pacific. She will launch the fall cabaret season over Thanksgiving weekend, with additional performances on Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 7-8. For more information or reservations, go to www.TheColonyPalmBeach.com or call 561-659-8100.


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