With the help of generous capital campaign donors, a former roller rink was transformed into the Midwest’s leading cabaret room, complete with a world-class sound and light package.

Our newly-renovated venue at the historic Metzger Building has allowed The Cabaret to welcome more people to each performance, while still maintaining an intimate setting, where no seat is more than 35 feet away from the stage.

Your support as a capital campaign donor is as vital as ever to cement Indianapolis’ position as the Cabaret Capital of the Midwest.

Own a piece of the magic. Naming opportunities are available, and a great way to honor friends and loved ones, or leave your legacy. Please contact Shannon Forsell at 317-653-1305 for more information.

The Cabaret’s new venue, and the merry-making within, was made possible by these generous donors:

  • The Christel DeHaan Theatre
    Gift of The Christel DeHaan Family Foundation
  • The Glick Bar
    Gift of Glick Philanthropies
  • The Shannon Forsell Stage
    Gift of Anonymous Donor
  • The Vande Bosche Banquettes
    Gift of Joe and Diane Vande Bosche
  • The William L. Fortune Jr. and Joseph D. Blakley Chandeliers
  • Piano given by Jane Fortune
    In loving memory of Bob Hesse
  • The Janet and Charles McCormick Sound Booth
  • Lilly Endowment Inc.
  • Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation Inc.
  • Christel DeHaan Family Foundation
  • Tom Murphy and Don Privett
  • Joseph and Diane Vande Bosche
  • Central Indiana Community Foundation
  • Bill Fortune and Joe Blakley
  • Jane Fortune
  • Charles and Jan McCormick
  • Jeffrey Brinkmann and Michael Schaefer
  • Jim and Ray Luther-Pfeil
  • Roger Schmelzer and Lucinda Phillips
  • The Lacy Foundation
  • Jean Smith
  • Alfred Mijares and Tony Pickell
  • Chuck and Nancy Steffel
  • John and Anna Benoist
  • Kevin and Patty McGoff
  • Martha O’Connor and Greg Henneke
  • Pamela Steed
  • Patsy Solinger
  • Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation
  • Robert and Sheila Kennedy
  • Robert DeVoss
  • Scott Semester
  • Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Inc.
  • Girish Vitalpur and Scott Reef
  • Joseph and Catherine Chapelle
  • Dave and Karen Arland
  • David and Shannon Forsell
  • Gary Butkus
  • Kelly Lamm Teller
  • Stephen and Linda Claffey
  • Andy and Clare Morrison
  • David Ziegler
  • Douglas and Deborah Balogh
  • Eric Milkereit and Juan Granados-Zúñiga
  • Gregory and Gloria Showalter
  • Howard Schrott and Diana Mutz
  • Jay and Susan DeVoss
  • Jeff Wylie and Karen Kennelly
  • Jeffrey Petro
  • Marcor, LLC D/B/A Meineke Car Care Center
  • Michael and Jan McHugh
  • Mitchell Hopwood
  • Nataly Lowder
  • Paula Dione Ingram
  • Peter and Lora Di Méglio
  • Ruell Fiant
  • Shawn Chase and Susan Rothenberger
  • Gat and Susan Caperton
  • Robert and Julie Burns
  • Alan Pyle
  • Toni Alterman
  • Donald A. Hanlin
  • William Bogard II
  • Pamela Wells-Lego
  • Donald Louis Thiele
  • Jeanne M. Kiley
  • Steve Hamilton and Keith Norwalk
  • Thomas Benoist
  • Tracy Haddad
  • Christopher R. Raskob
  • Eric M. Robbins
  • Lucy Witte
  • Margaret L. Powers
  • Roger L. Brinkman
  • Warren A. Ward
  • Jerry L. Pennington
  • Matt Hotek

  • Melissa Hall, Stage Write Indy

    The beauty of the Cabaret lies in the spontaneous nature of each show. Unlike well-known musicals, with cabaret, audiences never know what to expect next. Artists can choose to sing old standards or an original number. They can share personal stories or make jokes with random people in the crowd.

    Melissa Hall, Stage Write Indy
  • “Best in class. A truly delightful experience - over the top!”

    Cabaret Guest
  • "Attending a cabaret show can feel like you're part of a (very stylish) secret society. It's you, the audience, seated at tables, sipping wine or a cocktail, with the vocalist, perhaps fresh off of Broadway, just a few feet away on stage."

    Indianapolis Monthly
  • “One of the best environments for serious music fans in town!”

    Cabaret Guest
  • “My favorite thing in the world is to connect with people, break the fourth wall, improvise, make people laugh, and talk directly to the audience. Cabaret is basically everything I like to do, all in one.”

    Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti
  • “We looked at the many places where we could spend our money for entertainment and realized there was no venue that came close to The Cabaret. The venue and staff simply make this venue the best in Indianapolis.”

    Cabaret Guest
  • “The Circle City’s swanky new cabaret space is Broadway’s latest buzz.  Old Hollywood meets urban chic in a softly lit chandelier-filled room that holds 190 people—no seat in the house is more than five rows from the stage—it feels like Lea Salonga is giving her life story for you.  Stick around for a meet and greet after the spellbinding serenade."
    Indianapolis Monthly
  • “Indy's posh landing pad for Broadway stars on Pennsylvania Street.”

    Indy Star
  • "This space is truly what a cabaret is meant to be... an intimate setting of hightops and enclosed booths help the audience feel special and a lone piano with small, personal stage complete the picture."

    Broadway World
  • “Awesome venue! I tell everyone I know about The Cabaret and encourage them to see a show.”

    Cabaret Guest


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