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Cabaret Week: An Exploration of Chicago's Cabaret Scene

Backstage Chicago with Lisa Fielding

Apr 28, 2022


This week on Backstage Chicago, Lisa sits down with a group of performers bringing the first Cabaret Week to the city of Chicago May 6 - May 16. Each performer talks about the joys of live performance and the road to discovering their creative talents. Hear the podcast.

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Chicago Hosts First Ever Cabaret Week This May

May 6th through May 16th

By Marissa Tomeo Apr. 2, 2022


The week long celebration of American songbook, burlesque, French music, pop, Broadway, and more is set for May 6th through May 16th. Cabaret has been at the heartbeat of Chicago's nightclub scene for more than a century. A complete schedule and ticket information available at: www.chicagocabaretweek.org.


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Passing the Torch with Chicago Cabaret Professionals



by Fran Zell

Splash Magazines

April, 2022


An alliance of vibrant musical talent known as the Chicago Cabaret Professionals gave its first live Musical Monday concert since before Covid-19 this past Monday at the city’s Old Town School of Folk Music. And the excitement was palpable on both sides of the footlights......


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Chicago Cabaret Week 2022 Kick Off


Cabaret has been at the heartbeat of Chicago’s nightclub scene for more than a century. Come experience it for yourself during Chicago Cabaret Week, when you can score tickets for just $15 or $30 from May 6 to 15, 2022. Explore intimate venues around the city as artists bring you their personal renditions of the Great American Songbook, blues, jazz, burlesque, pop, comedy and Broadway. Get carried away by Chicago cabaret!

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Chicago Cabaret Gives The Gift Of Music To Chicago Area Nursing Homes And Assisted Living Facilities


By Stephi Wild

Broadway World

Nov. 9, 2021  


When retirement centers were on lock down last year due to Covid, Chicago Cabaret sent their holiday concert out to 85 Chicago area nursing homes for staff and residents to enjoy a musical celebration. Read the article

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Chicago Cabaret Announces Season 2 Of CABARET BEAT - Music & Conversation


By A.A. Cristi

Broadway World

Oct. 6, 2021  


Season 2 of the online series Cabaret Beat - Music & Conversation, launches on October 10 with eight additional episodes being presented through February 27, 2022. Read the article

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Crowds Line State Street Downtown For Halloween ‘Arts In The Dark’ Parade

By CBS 2 Chicago Staff October 30, 2021


Halloween made a dramatic return to the Loop Saturday night.


From fire performers to Day of the Dead dancers and drum bands, hundreds of artists haunted State Street for the Arts in the Dark Parade.

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Free Concerts Celebrate 100 Years Of Chicago Cabaret
by ChicagoJazz.com
Chicago Jazz
Aug 28, 2021

Two events in Bronzeville — on September 19 and October 3 Chicago has a unique place in the history of cabaret, being the first American...

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Free Concerts Celebrate 100 Years Of Chicago Cabaret
by Alexa Criscitiello
Broadway World
Aug, 2021

Never before has there been such a collection of Chicago's entertainers coming together to celebrate 100 Years of Chicago Cabaret.....

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Chicago Cabaret Professionals announces new board
Aug, 2021

The Board of Directors of the Chicago Cabaret Professionals (CCP) is delighted to announce the appointment of six new members to the Board: Marty Balogh, Kyle Hustedt, Gaye Klopack, Pam Peterson, Ellen Winters Reynolds, and Carolyn Wehner.

The new board members join nine returning members in their current position or in a new position: Robert Bailey, Anne Burnell, Cathy Glickman, Carla Gordon, Jessica Jagielnik, Garrett Johannsen, Daniel Johnson, Patricia Salinski, and Catherine Thomson.

According to Board President, Anne Burnell, “This is a dynamic period in the history of CCP because we are growing our membership, creating new programming and developing more member benefits — and the CCP board has never been more experienced. We have members who are business leaders, entrepreneurs, and educators, communication experts, and musical professionals.”

In addition to the 15 members of the board, CCP has an active membership involved in five committees and a dedicated group of volunteers who contribute to programming, publications, communications, advocacy and managing CCP events planned throughout the year.






Chicago Cabaret Professionals Presents CABARET BEAT- MUSIC & CONVERSATION
by Chloe Rabinowitz
Broadway World Chicago
Apr, 2021

Chicago Cabaret Professionals will present new online series that combines interviews and performances by cabaret veterans and new performers. Cabaret Beat - Music & Conversation will be hosted by singer/actor Wydetta Carter, and will feature two artists each week for the half hour show. .....

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Come hear the music play
by Felicia Dechter
Inside Publications
Dec, 2020

You are not going to want to miss this incredible musical extravaganza, the Chicago Cabaret Professionals' (CCP) annual gala, which for the last 20 years has been a festive .....

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Spotlight on Cabaret: The Season of Giving
by Tracy Adams
Chicago Jazz Magazine
Dec, 2020

The line between jazz singing and cabaret singing is often fine, blurred, and crossed—with frequently spectacular results that delight Chicagoland listeners. Chicago Jazz Magazine is thrilled to partner with Chicago Cabaret Professionals via “Spotlight on Cabaret.” .....

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Chicago Cabaret Professionals – Offering a Gift of Their Free Gala Concert
by Splash Staff
Splash Magazines
December, 2020

For over twenty years the Chicago Cabaret Professionals’ (CCP) annual Gala has been a festive live event.  This association of over two hundred singers refuses to be deterred by the pandemic and will make a gift their virtual Gala, “It’s a Cabaret Life – A Gift of Music.”......

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Spotlight on Cabaret: Sometimes What You Need Is in Your Own Back Yard
by Tracy Adams
Chicago Jazz Magazine
Oct, 2020

The line between jazz singing and cabaret singing is often fine, blurred, and crossed—with frequently spectacular results that delight Chicagoland listeners. Chicago Jazz Magazine is thrilled to partner with Chicago Cabaret Professionals via the monthly column/calendar, “Spotlight on Cabaret.” .....

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Spotlight on Cabaret: This Lady’s Talent Is No Joke
by Tracy Adams
Chicago Jazz Magazine
Sept, 2020

The line between jazz singing and cabaret singing is often fine, blurred, and crossed—with frequently spectacular results that delight Chicagoland listeners. Chicago Jazz Magazine is thrilled to partner with Chicago Cabaret Professionals via the monthly column/calendar, “Spotlight on Cabaret.” 
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Spotlight on Cabaret: Can’t Stop Learning
by Tracy Adams
Chicago Jazz Magazine
Aug, 2020

The line between jazz singing and cabaret singing is often fine, blurred, and crossed—with frequently spectacular results that delight Chicagoland listeners. Chicago Jazz Magazine is thrilled to partner with Chicago Cabaret Professionals via the monthly column/calendar, “Spotlight on Cabaret.”  ...

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Spotlight on Cabaret: Getting Around to It
by Tracy Adams
Chicago Jazz Magazine
July, 2020

The line between jazz singing and cabaret singing is often fine, blurred, and crossed—with frequently spectacular results that delight Chicagoland listeners. Chicago Jazz Magazine is thrilled to partner with Chicago Cabaret Professionals via the monthly column/calendar, “Spotlight on Cabaret.”.....

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Spotlight on Cabaret: Binge Listening
by Tracy Adams
Chicago Jazz Magazine
June, 2020

The line between jazz singing and cabaret singing is often fine, blurred, and crossed—with frequently spectacular results that delight Chicagoland listeners. Chicago Jazz Magazine is thrilled to partner with Chicago Cabaret Professionals via the monthly column/calendar, “Spotlight on Cabaret.”  ...

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Spotlight on Cabaret: Contributions
by Tracy Adams
Chicago Jazz Magazine
May, 2020

In our musically fragmented world, everything from radio formats to marketing campaigns keeps listeners confined to one genre or another. Or tries to. But some activists are working to break down ...

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Spotlight on Cabaret: Virtual Reality
by Tracy Adams
Chicago Jazz Magazine
April, 2020

The line between jazz singing and cabaret singing is often fine, blurred, and crossed—with frequently spectacular results that delight Chicagoland listeners. Chicago Jazz Magazine is thrilled to partner with Chicago Cabaret Professionals via the monthly column/calendar, “Spotlight on Cabaret.” ...

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Spotlight on Cabaret
by Tracy Adams
Chicago Jazz Magazine
March, 2020

The line between jazz singing and cabaret singing is often fine, blurred, and crossed—with frequently spectacular results that delight Chicagoland listeners. Chicago Jazz Magazine is thrilled to partner with Chicago Cabaret Professionals via the monthly column/calendar, “Spotlight on Cabaret.” ...

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Can jazz and cabaret make beautiful music together?
by Howard Reich
Chicago Tribune
July 18, 2019

In our musically fragmented world, everything from radio formats to marketing campaigns keeps listeners confined to one genre or another. Or tries to. But some activists are working to break down ...

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A Tribute to the best women Cabaret singers in Chicago
by Rick Kogan
WGN
July 28, 2019

From 1953 until 1975, the greatest women entertainers of the 20th Century, wowed audiences at Mister Kelly’s, a small nightclub on Chicago’s Rush Street.

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Talking Jazz with Mark Burnell and Anne Burnell
Chicago Jazz
with Mike Jeffers
July 11, 2019

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After Hours with Rick Kogan: The Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion
by Rick Kogan
WGN
November 20, 2018

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After Hours with Rick Kogan: The Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion
Cabaret Scenes magazine
October, 2018

Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion—an international conversation on the past, present, and future of cabaret—takes place in Chicago, Illinois from October 28 through November 4, 2018.  

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'Hooray for Love!' Chicago cabaret's big night
by Howard Reich
Chicago Tribune
September 28, 2017

For the 19th Anniversary Gala of Chicago Cabaret Professionals — a nonprofit organization that champions the art form — will do more than just hand out awards Sunday evening at Park West.

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Chicago Cabaret Professionals 2016 Gala Proves The Art Form Is Alive and Well
By Russell Goeltenbodt
Showbiz Chicago
October 26, 2016

At the 18th Annual Chicago Cabaret Professionals Gala held on October 16, we once again got an opportunity to see and hear the sounds of singers who prove that cabaret music is alive and well in Chicago

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Chicago's cabaret stars light up Park West
by Howard Reich
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2016

So much talent, so little time. In the course of roughly three hours, Chicago's burgeoning cabaret community reminded the crowd at Park West on Sunday evening what fearless storytelling and ...

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Singers and the Song
By Elizabeth Doyle
Chicago Artist Resource
May 12, 2015

Have you seen the word "cabaret" and wondered what it is exactly? Do you imagine burlesque or bombastic show tunes? Certainly the cabaret repertoire includes…

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Viva la American Songbook!
By Craig Pomranz
Next Avenue
December 11, 2013

For those who missed it, Connick sought to coach the contestants on how to connect to the lyrics and to sing the melody first as written. He reminded them that…

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Celebrating 15 years of cabaret in Chicago
By Howard Reich
Chicago Tribune
October 15, 2013

Last summer, Chicago singer Joan Curto was preparing to take the stage at Davenport's – the city's leading cabaret – when a transformer blew...

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‘Our Kind of Tune'
By Howard Reich
October 16, 2012

The fragile art of cabaret looked and sounded vital on Sunday evening, when several of this city's most accomplished artists took the stage of the Park West.The occasion was...

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Chicago cabaret takes a bow
By Howard Reich
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2011

It was like the Oscars of Chicago cabaret – an evening packed with glamour, art and verbal effusions. Yet Chicago's indefatigable cabaret community surely deserved…

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Chicago cabaret sings praises of Jimmy Damon
By Howard Reich
Chicago Tribune
October 13, 2011

Listening to him gently swing a tune, you might never guess that Jimmy Damon grew up in Memphis in the shadow of a young Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, who frequented...

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Can't stress enough: Menzie worthy
By Howard Reich
Chicago Tribune
October 15, 2010

When Chicago singer-pianist Beckie Menzie strides onto the stage of the Park West on Sunday night...

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Celebrating cabaret
By Howard Reich
Chicago Tribune
October 13, 2009

You might call it the Academy Awards of Chicago cabaret: Dozens of performers and hundreds of their admirers converged Sunday night on the Park West for...

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Music's masters meet on Monday
By Howard Reich
Chicago Tribune
July 16 2008

By now, capacity audiences have become the norm for the "Musical Mondays" cabaret series at Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place…

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Drury Lane in full bloom: Cabaret celebration of Clooney dazzles
By Howard Reich
Chicago Tribune
May 21, 2008

With the performers in fine voice and the repertoire top-notch, it was a very good night for cabaret in Chicago...

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Drury Lane brings jazz, cabaret back into vogue
By Howard Reich
Chicago Tribune
February 17, 2008

Tony Bennett attracted throngs. Ella Fitzgerald swung like crazy. Pearl Bailey shook the room with a voice so huge you…

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New Drury Lane: Night life is a cabaret
By Howard Reich
Chicago Tribune
February 20, 2008

If live music returned to a celebrated downtown theater -- after an absence of 24 years -- would anyone show up?That was the question Monday night, when...

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Sultriness reminiscent of bygone era rules stage
By Howard Reich
Chicago Tribune
October 16, 2007

Playing before a packed house, performers funny and dark, witty and wistful, high-strung and laid-back offered a marathon tour of the cabaret singer's art.

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Making a connection
By Leah A. Zeldes
Daily Herald
April 07, 2006

From an intimate nightclub to a big concert hall, a cabaret singer can light up the night. Here are five who are doing just that...

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