The cabaret extravaganza of Rick Leonard and Carla Bordonada is coming back — at full force.
“There’s a lot of new material, but people can look forward to hearing all the old favorites,” Leonard told SFGN. “I go out of my way to give the audience what it wants instead of coming with a pre-arranged set.”
Leonard and Bordonada used to be a regular act in the now-defunct and then-classy Food Amongst the Flowers, which has since been reinvented as the Manor on Wilton Drive. Their cabaret show starts this Sunday, Aug. 26, at 8 p.m. and will continue weekly.
The two had left Flowers months before it folded.
“I really felt a shift in what was happening in Flowers. I didn’t like where it was going,” Leonard said. “I didn’t want my name and Carla’s name associated with this place.”
They had been performing during cruises at the time and would take up that post more frequently after their departure from Flowers in 2007, a move that put fifty to sixty cruises under the duo’s belt.
“Carla and I are the number one most booked cabaret duo act in Atlantis history,” Leonard said.
While Bordonada had left for Los Angeles toward the end of 2010, it was Leonard who would take up a post in the Manor in Dec. 2010, working with different talents throughout his tenure. Now that Bordonada is coming back to work with him at the Manor, he couldn’t be happier.
“Carla and I had been partners for a long time,” he said, noting that they’d performed together for almost five years. “Everyone’s always been kind of excited about the reemergence of Rick and Carla.”
Manor owner Jason Tamanini is also enthused.
“The cabaret was already such a success,” he said. “We can’t wait to have Rick and Carla back and reunited in the Ivy Room.”
And Rick promises more of the old, and more of the new.
“The show is different every single night — it’s never the same,” he said.
If you go
Sundays, starting Aug. 26, at 8 p.m.
The Manor, Ivy Room
2345 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors, FL 33305