By Tyler Dague, Star Correspondent
The Indianapolis Star
One of the hottest spots for Broadway vocal talent is in...
Yes. During the past several years, The Cabaret at the Columbia Club on Monument Circle has brought some of musical theater’s top actors and vocalists to the city. This upcoming season boasts a bevy of Broadway’s biggest stars. Lincoln Center in New York: take notice.
The Cabaret will host two-time Tony nominee Joshua Henry as their season opener. Henry starred in Broadway's "In the Heights," "The Scottsboro Boys" and "Violet," among others, and played Jennifer Hudson's fiancé in the 2008 big-screen continuation of "Sex and the City." He'll return to the Great White Way in next year's hotly anticipated "Shuffle Along, or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed" alongside six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald.
Singer Paula Dione Ingram will pay tribute to some of Broadway's leading black composers and performers while fellow vocalist Hilary Kole will return to the songs of Judy Garland.
How many people have gotten to play Jean Valjean from "Les Misérables" and the Phantom? Tony nominee Ramin Karimloo has played both on Broadway, and in March, will bring his famous broad shoulders and belting voice to The Cabaret. In a unique genre he terms "Broadgrass," Karimloo will sing selections from classic shows and country and Bluegrass music.
Also in March, Lea Delaria, otherwise known as Carrie "Big Boo" Black from "Orange is the New Black," will present selections from her latest album, "House Of David, delaria+bowie=jazz." On the critically acclaimed record, Delaria puts her signature jazz twist on the legendary androgynous pop rocker's catalog.
Next on the list is in-demand actress Annaleigh Ashford, who recently nabbed a Tony for her performance as a blundering ballerina in "You Can't Take It With You." For her Cabaret performance, Ashford will sing selections from her forthcoming debut album "Lost in the Stars." Currently, Ashford stars in "Sylvia," now on Broadway, and she's also a regular on Showtime's "Masters of Sex" as Betty DiMello. How she managed to wedge in a stop in Indy is simply unexplainable.
Broadway powerhouse Patina Miller rounds out April at The Cabaret. Miller made her New York debut as the dynamic Delores Van Cartier in the musical adaptation of "Sister Act." Winning a Tony for her dazzling turn as the leading player in the 2013 circus-inspired revival of "Pippin," Miller has also jumped to the small screen as press coordinator Daisy Grant in CBS's "Madam Secretary."
Stage veteran and Tony nominee Marin Mazzie will perform at The Cabaret after her fall appearance was rescheduled last month. Mazzie, who originated roles in Broadway's "Passion," "Ragtime" and 2014's "Bullets Over Broadway," recently revealed her ongoing battle with ovarian cancer. Ever the performer, she managed to continue in her role as The Leader in the recent revival of "Zorba!" at New York City Center. After surgery andchemotherapy, Mazzie's cancer is expected to go into remission, and her husband, fellow actor Jason Danieley, says she has remained active during her treatment. We hope to see her in Indy.
Jane Lynch, multiple Emmy-winning host of "Hollywood Game Night" and showtune-hating coach Sue Sylvester on "Glee," will bring her cabaret show "See Jane Sing" to the Circle City. Though not as well known for singing as her "Glee" compatriots, Lynch played Miss Hannigan in Broadway's most recent revival of "Annie" in 2013.
Tyler Dague is a 2015 Arts Journalism Fellow. The fellowship, funded partially by a National Endowment for the Arts grant, is a partnership between the Arts Council of Indianapolis and The Star.
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