2017-18 Cabaret Season

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It's a Lovely Night for a Song

When it comes to cabaret, it's all about telling a story with song, and the stars on this year's Cabaret Series know how to tell them with flair. Whether it's heartbreak or a happy ending, these larger-than-life talents will dazzle you with music that's completely captivating.

Cabaret: Amanda McBroom
Amanda McBroom

The series opens with two cabaret megastars, Amanda McBroom and Ann Hampton Callaway, and the show they call Divalicious. "When Ms. Callaway takes the stage, excitement enters the room," says jazz star Wynton Marsalis, while The New York Times says, "What sets Ms. McBroom apart from everyone else is her voice, a forceful, flexible pop contralto, which she wields with the skill of an archer to hit the emotional bull's-eye." McBroom, best known for writing Bette Midler's hit song "The Rose," delivers her ballads in a storytelling, spell-binding tender embrace. Callaway, who has composed for the likes of Barbra Streisand, can sing love songs and scat jazz with the best. They will be singing their own songs as well as music from the Great American Songbook.

Cabaret: Laura Osnes
Laura Osnes

Once you've played a princess on Broadway, does everything else pale in comparison? Laura Osnes, a Tony® nominee for the title role in Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, is bringing some of her leading lady friends for The Broadway Princess Party, a dazzling evening of music magic. Of her Cinderella role, Variety said, "While her light soprano gives sweet voice to Ella, her acting chops and dancing skills make her as lovely to watch as she is to listen to." Osnes will be joined by another Broadway princess, Courtney Reed, who played Princess Jasmine in Aladdin, and Adrienne Warren, a Tony nominee for Shuffle Along. They'll perform the most beloved princess songs of stage and screen, reminiscing about their favorite fairy tales and most cherished characters. Polish your tiaras, cue the magic wands and join us for what promises to be a lovely night.

"Life without music is unthinkable" said composer-maestro-educator Leonard Bernstein, one of the world's most prolific musical luminaries. As part of a global celebration of his centennial year, the Cabaret Series presents One Hand, One Heart: One hundred Years of Bernstein. This sparkling tribute features Tony Award nominees from two revivals of Bernstein's On the Town, Tony Yasbeck and Mary Testa, plus Broadway veterans Lisa Howard and Jessica Vost, and the Cal State Fullerton University Singers directed by Robert Istad. Enjoy the best of the Bernstein catalog, with selections from On the Town, Wonderful Town, Candide and West Side Story, whose distinctive melodies and pulsating rhythms have left an indelible mark on our culture and hearts.

Cabaret: Chris Mann
Chris Mann

Chris Mann is returning to the Center and the mask is off. He first swept our Broadway audiences off their feet in the title role of The Phantom of the Opera in 2015, but this classically trained singer is a product of the 21st century: He was an audience favorite on the television show The Voice, where he was coach Christina Aguilera's finalist. He'll be singing a bit of Phantom, of course, as well as selections from his recent album, Constellations, which explores his musical and personal journeys through his self-written songs.

Join us for this roster of magical vocalists in the intimate Samueli Theater. For more information, visit online at SCFTA.org or call the box office at (714) 556-2787.



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