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Swedish jazz musician and multi-instrumentalist Gunhild Carling will headline the Annual Fundraiser Gala at The Cabaret this year. Carling has made a name for herself around the globe with her extraordinary skills and vaudevillian stunts, such as playing three trumpets at the same time. She has been featured on hit YouTube series Post Modern Jukebox putting a vintage twist on contemporary tunes such as "Material Girl," "Never Gonna Give You Up," and "Happy."

With heavy influences from Bix and Louie Armstrong as well as Billie Holiday, Carling is a jazz artist of the old breed.  She plays trombone, bagpipes, trumpet, recorder and harp, and will often showcase all of her skills in one song, while singing and breaking into a tap dance.

This show-stopping display of musical talent is just part of the evening’s festivities. The pre-show party will feature complimentary signature cocktail, passed hors-d’oeuvres, live music by local jazz band Premium Blend, a wine pull and live auction that includes tickets to the Tony Awards.

Proceeds from the night will help solidify Indianapolis’ status as Cabaret Capital of the Midwest by helping The Cabaret present world-class performances, train the next generation of Hoosier cabaret stars through educational programs and keep their brand new venue beautiful for years to come.

Tickets for the evening are available here.

Annual Fundraiser Gala with Gunhild Carling of Postmodern Jukebox

November 10 | 6:00 pm

Tickets: $175

6 to 7:30 pm – Pre-show Reception: passed hors-d'oeuvres, complimentary signature cocktail, cash bar, and wine pull. live jazz music by Premium Blend

7:30 to 8 pm – Program and live auction

8 pm – Gunhild Carling performs


October 2, 2018 (Indianapolis, IN) - Fashion designer, Project Runway: All Stars judge and media icon, Isaac Mizrahi, is bringing his irreverent show, Does This Song Make Me Look Fat? to The Cabaret on October 12 and 13.

 Backed by a swinging six-piece band, Mizrahi will delight audiences with an evening of jazz standards and pop songs. He will share stories and observations about life and promises to distribute hand-me-down swag from his party-going career to lucky audience members.

Although he is most well-known for his work in the fashion industry, Mizrahi has been performing in New York City nightclubs since the early 1980s, including two sold-out runs at famed jazz club Cafe Carlyle.

“It may seem very surprising to people that I do [cabaret], but it should be more surprising to them, if they really knew me, that I made clothes all those years,” Mizrahi said in an interview with Pattern magazine.

Mizrahi is considered “a founding father of a genre that fuses performance art, music and stand-up comedy” by The New York Times. This genre, dubbed “alt-cabaret” hopes to challenge the cultural status quo with satire and political commentary.

Isaac Mizrahi: Does This Song Make Me Look Fat?

Showtimes: Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13 | 8:00 pm


Student Tickets: $25 (Student ID must be shown at door when checking in)


Superstar Shoshana Bean brings Spectrum tour to The Cabaret

Posted by miannuzzi on September 19, 2018

September 19, 2018 (Indianapolis, IN) – Acclaimed singer, songwriter and Broadway star, Shoshana Bean will stop in Indianapolis on Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29, as part of the national tour for her new album Spectrum. The album, which debuted at #1 on the iTunes and Billboard Jazz Charts, presents Bean’s contemporary take on big band jazz, popularized by music legends such as Frank Sinatra and Aretha Franklin.

Bean’s four independent album releases have all topped the iTunes charts in the US and UK. Broadway fans will recognize Bean as the first actress to take over the role of Elphaba from Idina Menzel in the Broadway production of the musical Wicked. Bean has also starred in Beaches, Funny Girl and Hairspray.

Outside of Broadway, Bean has toured with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox and sang back up for Michael Jackson for his 30th-anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden. Her music has been featured in television shows on NBC, MTV, Oxygen, Bravo and Showtime.

Audiences can expect Bean to bring her soulful, powerhouse vocals to haunting originals, new workings of contemporary hits and beloved classics, featuring arrangements by Grammy Award-nominated arranger Alan Ferber. Tickets are available here.


Shoshana Bean: Spectrum Soulful Standards

Showtimes: Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29 | 8:00 pm

Tickets: $95/$85/$75/$55

Student Tickets: $25 (Student ID must be shown at door when checking in)


Fresh off her second Tony nomination for her role in Broadway’s Falsettos, Stephanie J. Block will bring her new cabaret, The Pros and Cons-cert to Indianapolis on Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15.

Called “simply stunning” by The Washington Post, Block has established herself as one of the most relevant and versatile voices in contemporary musical theatre. She will delight audiences with her immense voice and bold charisma in an intimate evening at The Cabaret.

Block has an impressive resume on stage and screen. She has starred in iconic Broadway shows, including Wicked, Anything Goes and 9 to 5: The Musical, and appeared on award-winning television series Orange is the New Black and Madam President.  She recently performed her solo show as a part of Live From Lincoln Center Presents – Stars in Concert, which was televised nationwide on PBS.

Most recently, Block starred as Cher in The Cher Show in Chicago, and will continue to play the Goddess of Pop as the show debuts on Broadway this November.

Tickets for Friday night’s performance are available here. Saturday’s show is sold out.


Stephanie J. Block: The Pros and Cons-cert

Showtimes: Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15 (Sold Out) | 8:00 pm

Tickets: $100/$90/$80/$60

Student Tickets: $25 (Student ID must be shown at door when checking in)

Included in The Cabaret’s line-up of August shows is In Character ­– an original cabaret written and performed by Indianapolis theatre icons Brent Marty and Claire Wilcher on Saturday, August 4. Attendees should expect an evening of witty banter and powerful vocals, as the duo puts their own spin on retro hits and personal favorites.

Those familiar with Indianapolis’ performing arts scene will recognize Marty from his work with several local organizations as a director, musical director, performer, instructor, and accompanist. He currently serves as Director of Music and Education for Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre and was named a Creative Arts Renewal Fellow by the Arts Council of Indianapolis

 Wilcher won three Encore Awards for her performances with various theater companies, and was featured in Indy Star Storytellers. She has performed with ComedySportz and Three Dollar Bill Comedy Company, occasionally filling in as an on-air host for the Smiley Morning Show on WZPL.

The show will be the first in The Cabaret’s Incubator Series, which features cabarets created by talented, local performers. After the show, artists will participate in a Q&A with the audience about their creative process. A seasoned cabaret veteran herself, The Cabaret’s Artistic Director & CEO Shannon Forsell will provide guidance to the performers.

 "The intimate and conversational style of cabaret is what sets it apart from other musical performances,” said Forsell. “We’re thrilled that the artists we host at The Cabaret has inspired people in Indy to create their own shows.” 

Show Time: Saturday, August 4, 2018, 8 pm

Tickets: $45/$35/$35/$25

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