Cabaret is alive and well in Indianapolis, and thanks to the efforts of the The Cabaret at the Columbia Club as well as the Booth Tarkington Civic Theater in Carmel, the next generation of cabaret performers is getting superb training.
The spring adult class, The Singing Actor/Cabaret Performance, just wrapped up at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theater, with it’s final performance in the French Room at the Columbia Club. I had the pleasure of attending, and it left me with wanting to see more cabaret-style performances. When I received the invitation, the French room was noted as “the coolest bar in Indy you’ve never been to”, and I have to agree with that assessment. The dark wood and rich velvet chairs are reminiscent of lounges from the mid-20th century.
The recital featured each of six class members performing one song with a microphone and piano accompaniment. Audience members were given a little background on what the class covered, and what the style of cabaret is. Simply put, cabaret is a more casual performance, one where audience members are free to eat and drink. Performers are encouraged to connect with the audience, and give the audience a little insight as to why they’re singing what they’re singing. Each class member did an outstanding job. The pieces were varied, ranging from the Sinatra classic “All the Way” to musical theater pieces, to Barry Manilow.
The French room is a very intimate setting for 50-60 people. The room was full, and it was nice to take advantage of the well-appointed bar during the performance. Down the hall is the actual Cabaret at the Columbia Club, which seats over 100 people and is home to larger shows.
Upcoming shows at The Cabaret at the Columbia Club include:
- Karen Irwin July 25 & 26
- Ian Bossung & Eric Wiegand August 8
- Steve Kazee August 23
- Sara Gazarek September 12 & 13