Inaugural London Festival of Cabaret to Feature Michael Feinstein, Elaine Paige, Maria Friedman, Julian Ovenden and More
By Mark Shenton
The inaugural London Festival of Cabaret, which will run at venues across the capital Oct. 22-Nov. 15, will include appearances by Michael Feinstein, Elaine Paige, Maria Friedman, Julian Ovenden, KT Sullivan, Steve Ross, Janie Dee, Alexander Armstrong and more.
In a press statement, Neil Marcus, artistic director of the festival, commented, "This inaugural Festival places London as a world leader in this unique art form that creates a special intimacy and bond between artist and audience. We will be presenting established masters of the craft from America such as Michael Feinstein and Steve Ross; national treasures like Alexander Armstrong who are not yet known for their versatility in the field; and the Crazy Coqs will be hosting a night showcasing the best in new British Cabaret talent."
Maria Friedman, who will be hosting a free cabaret master class Oct. 25 at the St James Theatre in the art of performing cabaret, added, "Cabaret is a unique way for an artist to hone their communication skills, allowing the audience an up close, concentrated, in the moment experience. The very best peel away the layers to reveal themselves; allowing an audience an evening of intense emotion and gripping story telling."
Friedman is a patron of the festival, along with Douglas Hodge, Michael Feinstein, Adam Guettel, Barb Jungr and Jason Robert Brown. The latter commented, "Cabaret is a glorious vehicle for true personal expression in the musical theatre; its value cannot be overstated. I am so thrilled that Neil Marcus and the London Festival of Cabaret are putting cabaret in the spotlight, where it belongs!"
Amongst highlights of the program:
The Festival is supported by the Noel Coward Foundation and the Irving Berlin Music Company.
For full details of the program, visit www.londonfestivalofcabaret.com.
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