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th 14 Annual Orlando Laura Benanti Cabaret Festival Featuring the best in Broadway, Pop & Jazz



“Cabaret Heaven” April 22-May 8, 2016

– The Orlando Sentinel

Andrea McArdle

The Edge Effect Michelle Knight

Jesse Luttrell

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It Was A Very Good Year: 1963 7 p.m. — The Edge Effect 8:15 p.m. — Janine Klein 8:30 p.m.

Melissa Vasquez 7 p.m. — Andrea McArdle 8:15 p.m. — It Was A Very Good Year: 1973 8:30 p.m.

It Was A Very Good Year: 1963 2 p.m. — Andrea McArdle 3:30 p.m. — Black & White Bash 5 p.m.





It Was A Very Good Year: 1963 7 p.m. — David Almeida & Natalie Doliner 8:15 p.m.

Alex Mrazek 7 p.m. — Michelle Knight 8:15 p.m. — It Was A Very Good Year: 1973 8:30 p.m.



It Was A Very Good Year:1963 noon — It Was A Very Good Year: 1973 7 p.m. — Sara Hood 8:30

David Almeida & Natalie Doliner noon — Blake and Cara Lynn Braswell 7 p.m. — Jesse Luttrell 8:15 p.m. — It Was A Very Good Year: 1963 8:30

Calendar of Events



It Was A Very Good Year: 1973 noon



Melissa Vasquez noon



Janine Klein noon

It Was A Very Good Year: 1963 7 p.m. — Michelle Knight 8:15 p.m. — Blake and Cara Lynn Braswell 8:30 p.m.


It Was A Very Good Year: 1973 2 p.m. — Alex Mrazek 3:30 p.m.


Mother’s Day Cabaret Brunch

It Was A at Very Good Year: 1973 7 p.m. — Jesse Luttrell 11:45 a.m. & 8:15 p.m. Cordone and — Michael Paul Kilgore with guest Ziegfeld Kevin Kelly 8:30 Mad Cow Theatre 2 p.m.

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What is Cabaret? What is cabaret? Cabaret is a celebration of song and personality. It can be personal and delicate or flamboyant and hilarious, a painstaking journey or the party at the end of the trip. Always, though, it’s pure musical entertainment presented in an intimate space. C A B A R E T



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Music & Lyrics by Robert

Lopez & Jeff Marx

sponsored by Watermark Media and Harriett Lake


Get up close and personal!

The Edge Effect Icons

Andrea McArdle An Evening with Andrea McArdle

Michelle Knight Rollercoaster

Jesse Luttrell Showstopper

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VIP seating is available for all performances.


The Edge Effect These hometown favorites – Danny Alan, Troy Dolendo, Sean Gerrity, John Gibson II and Karl Hudson – return to Mad Cow after a rousing reception at Cabfest in 2015. Using only their voices to create an energy-filled show, the five are out to prove that singers do not need Autotune and computers to put on a great show. Friday

April 22

8:15 p.m.

Andrea McArdle The Broadway star who first won the hearts of theatergoers when she originated the title role in the blockbuster musical Annie will celebrate the music of the ‘70s at Cabfest. Andrea McArdle has starred in such Broadway shows as Starlight Express, State Fair, and Cabaret and has worked with such entertainment legends as Ethel Merman, Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Steve Martin, and Elton John. Saturday Sunday

April 23 April 24

8:15 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

Michelle Knight After her debut on Broadway in Jersey Boys in 2008, Michelle made a hilarious return to the New York stage in 2014 as Snow White in the comic satire Disenchanted, a role she originated at Orlando’s Fringe. A UCF grad, Michelle has performed in national tours of Jersey Boys, Grease, and Annie, and she has sung with the Orlando Philharmonic and Mad Cow as Eliza in My Fair Lady, Sarah in Guys and Dolls, and Julie in Carousel. Friday Saturday

April 29 April 30

8:15 p.m. 8:15 p.m.

Jesse Luttrell Following a sold-out run at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City, “modern vaudevillian” baritone Jesse Luttrell will bring to Orlando an evening of swing, big band and show-music songs. Jesse’s repertoire ranges from Broadway tunesmiths Jule Styne, Cy Coleman, Jerry Herman, and Rodgers & Hart to pop songmen Anthony Newley and Peter Allen. Friday Saturday

May 6 May 7

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8:15 p.m. 8:15 p.m.

Local Artist Spotlight

Central Florida is rich in talent, and we love bringing you the best there is to see. Shows are presented in Club Moo, where you may select from table or drink-rail seating.

Janine Klein The Diva’s Diva: Tales of a Drag Queen Assistant

Janine returns to Cabfest with her hilarious tale of a tour from Dublin to Peoria with her drag-queen BFF – Ginger Minj of RuPaul’s Drag Race fame. Often called Orlando’s favorite Jewish diva, Janine has performed at the Duplex in New York City as well as at the Orlando Fringe. Friday Wednesday

Apri 22 May 4

8:30 p.m. noon

Melissa Vasquez Token Black Girl

What if you’re cast as the “token black girl” when you’re not even black? A veteran of cabarets at the Abbey, musicals across Central Florida, and work at Hong Kong Disneyland, Melissa highlights the funny and embarrassing ways that we try to figure out where we fit in. Saturday Tuesday

April 23 May 3

7 p.m. noon

David Almeida and Natalie Doliner The Spice of Life

Celebrate the music of your favorite variety shows of the ‘70s, from The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour to Donny and Marie. David and Natalie invite you to bop along to the Captain & Tennille, the Jackson 5, and other stars of the grooviest shows on TV. Thursday Friday

April 28 May 6

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8:15 p.m. noon

Alex Mrazek Breaking Type

Being a 6’5” baritone character actor can have its challenges. Alex invites you along on his journey about breaking expectations and being the person you really are. Friday Sunday

April 29 May 1

7 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

Blake and Cara Lynn Braswell Gravel & Grace

What moves you so much that you must write a song and tell a story? Blake and Cara explore victory and defeat, romance and heartbreak, gravel and grace in a show that brings together blues, bluegrass, folk music and a touch of North Carolina charm. Saturday Friday

April 30 May 6

8:30 p.m. 7 p.m.

Sara Hood Thank You, Nora Ephron A tribute to three of Hollywood’s most romantic movies, Thank You, Nora Ephron tells stories of how Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, and When Harry Met Sally mirror Sara’s life – or how she wishes they had. Thursday

May 5

8:30 p.m.

Michael Paul Ziegfeld Comedian and Ventriloquist Adept with quick-witted banter

and off-the-cuff rants, Michael has performed his PG13-rated routines on Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show and appeared in 27 Dresses and The Ten. Saturday

May 7

8:30 p.m.

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It Was A Very Good Year

Kit Cleto

Catharine League

Shonn McCloud

Melissa Whitworth

Grab a chair. Sip a cool drink in the hottest bar in downtown Orlando. And enjoy It Was a Very Good Year, two distinctive celebrations of a year in the life of America – the news, the lifestyles, the gossip, and, most important of all, the music. Advance reservations recommended  Relive the facts and fads of the Camelot era while swinging to the music of the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, Johnny Cash, Nat “King” Cole, the Drifters, and Peter, Paul & Mary, along with the best of Broadway and Hollywood.

It Was A Very Good Year — 1963 Friday Saturday Thursday Saturday Thursday Friday

April 22 April 24 April 28 April 30 May 5 May 6

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p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. noon 8:30 p.m.

ItSecretariat, Was Aand Very Good Year — 1973 Celebrate the era of Skylab, The Sting while we share the hits of Roberta Flack, Jim Croce,

Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, and the young Michael Jackson, as well as favorites from Hollywood and Broadway. Saturday April 23 8:30 p.m. Friday April 29 8:30 p.m. Sunday May 1 2 p.m. Monday May 2 noon Thursday May 5 7 p.m. Saturday May 7 7 p.m. Philip King - Music Director/Pianist Ron Schneider - Director/Writer

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Mother’s Day CABARET Brunch

Sunday | May 8 |Brunch seating begins: 11:45 a.m | Show: 2 p.m.

Cordone and Kilgore With guest

Kevin Kelly

Side by Side: A Steve & Eydie Tribute

Accompanied by: The Joshua Glenn Wilson Trio

This show takes the audience on a sentimental journey back to the era of Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme – inspiring you to enjoy lyrics you can understand, stories that will make you laugh, and music that will keep you singing well after the show ends. Join us for the Mother’s Day Cabaret Brunch at Cevíche on Church Street, followed by an unforgettable performance by Natalie Cordone and Shawn Kilgore with guest Kevin Kelly. Brunch seating times must be selected in advance. 11:45 a.m. C A B A R E T



12:15 p.m.

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Restaurants & Parking Restaurants Downtown Orlando is filled with dining options, from New York-style pizza to fine cuisine. There are more than two dozen restaurants just steps from the theatre. Amura (Japanese/Sushi) 54 W Church St. Hours vary open for lunch and dinner. Cevíche Tapas Bar and Restaurant (Spanish, family-style service) 125 W. Church St. Opens at 5 p.m. daily, excepet Mondays Hamburger Mary’s (Casual, burgers & salads) 110 W. Church St. Sunday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-midnight.

Kres Chophouse (Fine dining) 17 W. Church St. Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5 p.m.-midnight Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m. The Rusty Spoon (Fine dining/locally sourced menu) 55 W. Church St. Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-1p.m. Friday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday 5-11 p.m. Sunday 5-10 p.m. Wahlburgers (Casual, burgers & sandwiches) SunTrust Center 200 S. Orange Ave. Open daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Parking Mad Cow Theatre is located on the second floor of 54 W. Church St. in downtown Orlando. The theatre is above Jersey Mike’s Subs and Graffiti Junktion, on the south side of Church Street between Orange and Garland avenues. Central Parking Garage, 53 W. Central Blvd. Mad Cow patrons get $2 off. Please bring your parking ticket to the box office for a discount sticker. SunTrust Center, 25 W. South St. The closest parking garage to Mad Cow, with a covered walkway, escalator, and elevator linking the two. 55 West Garage, 60 W. Pine St. Adjoining the 55 West apartments, with a covered walkway and second-floor access to Mad Cow. Valet Parking is available in front of Kres Chophouse, just a block from the theatre at Church and Orange. $10-$15, based on scheduled events. TICKETS: 407.297.8788 or For group sales, box lunches, and all other inquiries, please call the box office.

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ORLANDO CABARET FESTIVAL INFORMATION Information Mad Cow Theatre box office Tickets may be purchased by phone at 407.297.8788 or online: Theatre location 54 West Church Street, second floor Downtown Orlando, 32801

Late arrivals For the safety of our audience and performers, patrons arriving late will be seated at a suitable break at the manager’s discretion. We regret refunds cannot be given for missed performances.

Mailing address P.O. Box 3109 Orlando, FL 32802

Lodging Hotels within walking distance of Mad Cow include Aloft Orlando Downtown, Grand Bohemian Hotel, Embassy Suites, and DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown.

Special seating needs Please advise the box office when purchasing your tickets and give us at least 24 hours’ notice. Orlando Cabaret Festival audience members must be at least 8 years old.

Phones and cameras No photography of any kind is allowed during a performance. All cell phones and other technology must be turned off during live performances.

Ticket exchange Single tickets, subject to availability, may be exchanged through the box office at least 24 hours in advance, for a service charge of $2.50 per ticket. We regret there are no refunds.

Out to Lunch Series The Orlando Cabaret Festival presents hour-long weekday performances at noon May 2-6. Bring your lunch, or order one from the box office and it will be waiting for you at the theatre.


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CLUB MOO David Almeida and Natalie Doliner Blake and Cara Lynn Braswell Sara Hood Janine Klein Alex Mrazek Melissa Vasquez Michael Paul Ziegfeld It Was A Very Good Year Evenings & Weekends Table: $25 Drink Rail: $18 Weekday – Out to Lunch Series Table: $18 Drink Rail: $12 Lunches: $12-$14 BLACK & WHITE BASH Tickets: $125

THE HARRIETT Andrea McArdle Premium Seating: $45, Regular: $35 The Edge Effect Michelle Knight Jesse Luttrell Premium Seating: $40, Regular: $30 MOTHER’S DAY CABARET BRUNCH Cordone and Kilgore with guest Kevin Kelly Premium Seating: with brunch $47 Regular: with brunch $40 Regular: show only $25 CABARET PASSES All Star: $220 Spotlight: $115.50 Guest Star: $105

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TICKETS: 407.297.8788 or | 54 West Church Street | Downtown Orlando


P.O. Box 3109 Orlando, FL 32802

Orlando Cabaret Festival Mad Cow Theatre Company

14th Annual Orlando Cabaret Festival Brochure  
14th Annual Orlando Cabaret Festival Brochure