Thursday, October 01, 2009

Cabaret in the Lehigh Valley

I received an email from Touchstone Theater today announcing an upcoming cabaret event. I couldn't help but wonder if cabaret is making a comeback. A cabaret show features comedy, song, dance, and theatre. The two things that make it unique from other forms of entertainment is its performance venue—a restaurant or nightclub with a stage for performances and the audience sitting at tables (often dining or drinking)— and its master of ceremonies. The Touchstone performance is on Saturday, October 19 at Touchstone Theatre (321 E. Fourth Street, Southside Bethlehem). Doors open at 10:00, Performance at 10:15 p.m. $10 general admission, $7 students. Tickets on sale at the door or email for details. The show will feature music, dance, food and beverage, and is produced by the Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange. On October 27, November 24, and December 29, Allentown Public Theatre hosts the Spotlight Cabaret and Piano Bar at Allentown Brew Works. You'll hear Cabaret-style songs from 8-9:30 pm. After the show, an open piano bar will entertain the crowd with sing-along standards and show tunes. Cover is $5, not including a two-drink minimum (includes all bar drinks, soft drinks, and bottled water). The High Gravity Bar is no Kit Kat Klub, but I'll bet it would be a fun venue to see a cabaret show.

The Lehigh Valley chapter of the American Red Cross hosts their Cabaret & Cuisine party each spring. Next year's will be held on April 9 at Holiday Inn Conference Center, Fogelsville.

Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University has had cabaret nights in the past, but I couldn't find any mention of one in the 2009-2010 season schedule.

Is the Lehigh Valley ready for a cabaret revival?

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