What makes a great cabaret singer? The ability to deliver a song authentically and in a way that places each member of the audience into a direct emotional dialogue with the singer, and makes the room feel like a living room. In a world of increasing automation and alienation, cabaret celebrates those things which make us human.
Bay Area Cabaret's first Cabaret Spectacular will be hosted by cabaret icon Sidney Myer, beloved performer and booking manager of Theatre Row's Don't Tell Mama. This benefit evening will feature Golden Globe winning singer/songwriter Amanda McBroom ("The Rose") and an array of some of the finest cabaret performers from across the nation… Come join us for an evening of fun and thrilling discoveries!
SYDNEY MYER is a New York cabaret icon - both as a performer in numerous clubs throughout Manhattan, Off Broadway, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, Hamptons and London Mabel Mercer Cabaret Conventions - and as booking manager for over 3 decades for New York clubs Don't Tell Mama, Roses Turn, and Panache. Just recently, Sidney received the 2016 Broadway World Best Cabaret Show Award for Sidney Myer - Live From the Laurie Beechman Theatre.
AMANDA MCBROOM has been called "…the greatest cabaret performer of her generation, an urban poet who writes like an angel and has a voice to match." Her name first came to the attention of the music public when Bette Midler’s Grammy winning version of Amanda’s song "The Rose" hit number one all over the world in 1979. But it was Amanda’s performance of her own song on the Golden Globes (she won) and The Tonight Show that launched her career as a singer as well as songwriter. Her songs have been recorded by the likes of Bette Midler, Leanne Rimes, Barry Manilow, Judy Collins, Barbara Cook, Anne Murray, Harry Belafonte, Betty Buckley, Stephanie Mills, The Manhattan Transfer, Nana Mouskouri and many others.
NICOLAS KING has been performing professionally since he was 4 years old. Having been in 3 Broadway productions (Beauty and the Beast, A Thousand Clownswith Tom Selleck, and Carol Burnett's Hollywood Arms directed by Hal Prince) before the age of 12, he has also appeared in many national TV commercials, including his award winning 'Oscar Mayer Lunchables' commercial. King has appeared on many TV talk shows such as The View, The Today Show, and twice on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (most recently as a part of Leno's final week as host in 2014). Releasing his latest album, "NINETEEN", with jazz icon Mike Renzi (available on iTunes), he has performed numerous time on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, the Mabel Mercer Foundation's Cabaret Convention, and originated the voice of "Oscar" on Discovery Kids' Kenny The Shark. King is the recipient of the 1995 and 1996 Talent America Award, 2010 Julie Wilson Award, 2015 AMG Award for Artist of the Year, and New York's coveted Bistro Award in 2012 for 'Outstanding Performer of the Year'. He has also performed alongside his mentor, the legendary Liza Minnelli, since he was 11 years old as her opening act from 2002-2012, touring all over the country. King has performed on many iconic stages including concerts and appearances at Birdland, Lincoln Center, 54 Below, Town Hall and The Palace Theater in New York, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and at the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, FL.
CAROLE J. BUFFORD has become one of the most sought after young performers in the New York cabaret & jazz scene. Her recent shows, "speak easy." (featuring the Grammy Award-winning Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks) and “Body & Soul” earned her rave reviews across the board, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Carole is the recipient of a Nightlife, Bistro and BroadwayWorld Award for Outstanding Vocalist. She has traveled all over the US (The Colony’s Royal Room- Palm Beach; Venetian Room- Dallas; Cabaret 313- Detroit; Broadway By The Bay- San Mateo; Upright Cabaret- L.A.) and recently made her London Debut to great critical acclaim. Recently, Carole was featured in Michael Feinstein's Great American Songbook series at Jazz @ Lincoln Center and has been spotlighted in numerous “Broadway By The Year” concerts, both at The Town Hall and in California.
MICHAEL ORLAND is one of the music industry's most respected musical directors and vocal coaches. Currently touring with Kristin Chenoweth as her Musical Director, Michael recently served as Associate Musical Director on NBC's smash-hit Hairspray: Live! with Kristin Chenoweth, Harvey Fierstein, Martin Short, Jennifer Hudson and Arianna Grande. And of course, Michael Orland is well-known for being Associate Musical Director on American Idol for over a decade, where he personally helped nurture, shape, and focus the talents of such artists as Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert, Katherine McPhee and many others. Michael also serves as Vocal Coach on the NBC show Little Big Shots.