I know, I know...I took a bit of a hiatus from the blog...not intentional, just been completely absorbed getting the 2009-2010 Season lined up! (more about that later...)
Meanwhile, last night ACT received an Austin Critic's Table Award for our presentation of Elaine Stritch...At Liberty...at Austin Cabaret Theatre! Thank you, Critic's Table (click to see all the recipients), for the recognition!
ALSO...our website is back up and running! We will be fine-tuning it over the next several months, so check it frequently and make sure you pass it on to anyone who loves great entertainment.
The really big news is that Austin Cabaret Theatre moves to its new home this Fall:
THE LONG CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS!
This incredible facility will provide TWO spaces for ACT productions. The stunning Kodosky Room, with floor-to-ceiling windows and the city as our backdrop, and the wonderful Rollins Theatre. Plus you'll still have the option for pre-show dining as we move to a plated, served gourmet meal...that's right--no more standing in line! Let the fine staff of Sterling Affairs serve you!
As if this wasn't enough to make you completely delirious, The new season is called GUILTY PLEASURES and will be like that proverbial box of chocolates...delicious and filled with surprises!
Now admit it...you've closed the bedroom door and sung into your hairbrush to Barry Manilow on the radio. We all have. What's a bigger guilty pleasure than "Mandy," or "I Write The Songs?" Therefore, the Season kicks off with Lennie Watts in Manilow: '73-'83! It's a retro-spective of Barry's hits from that 10 year period. Mr. M. himself saw the show and said "Finally, somebody gets what I've been trying to do all these years!"
Next, picture a dark bar. Through the haze you see a sultry singer belting some of the most heavenly, complex, and heady music you've ever heard. It's the music of Nina Simone, and award-winner Natalie Douglas puts her indelible mark on this songbook in her critically acclaimed show, To Nina...
Come winter time, everyone needs some warmth...but we make it Hot-Hot-Hot when we turn our showroom into a cruise ship for the night, with Love Boat...TWISTED! Leave the sea-sick pills at home, but we encourage you to wear your grass skirt or swim suit!
Stardust. Georgia On My Mind. Skylark. Lazy River...the list goes on. Hoagy Carmichael is considered one of the best American songwriters of the last century. What greater guilty pleasure is there than the Great American Songbook? Join Billy Stritch and Klea Blackhurst in their MAC Award winning show Dreaming of a Song...The Music of Hoagy Carmichael.
Sitting in a dark theatre, crunching popcorn; it's the ultimate guilty pleasure! We round-out the season with a new show from yours truly, Just Go To The Movies, a love-letter to the Silver Screen written from the Great White Way.
AND AS IF THAT WASN'T ENOUGH...we have a very special event, the return of JIM CARUSO'S CAST PARTY! This wacky, no-holds-barred open mic cabaret is back by popular demand.
Tickets, info, and more is available by calling me directly at 512-289-2287.
Thanks a bunch!!!