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Presented in the historic Venetian Room of San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel September 23 through May 14

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Series Highlights feature Season Kickoff with West Coast debut of Tony Award-winning Broadway star Kelli O’Hara,
A Cabaret Spectacular with talent from across the nation and special attraction off-season subscription the exclusive San Francisco engagement/debut of “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr.

San Francisco, CA (July 2016)…. Bay Area Cabaret, now in its 13th season of presenting world-renowned Broadway, pop and jazz vocalists, announces the 2016-2017 season of shows at San Francisco’s most elegant and historic showroom, the Fairmont Venetian Room (950 Mason Street atop Nob Hill). The season kicks off on Friday, September 23, 2016 with an Opening Night Gala celebrating the West Coast concert debut of Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara (most recently seen on Broadway in The King and I). Her performance is followed on the series by another West Coast debut—the December 4 performance by Tony nominated singer-dancer-actor Tony Yazbeck (On the Town, Smash, Gypsy). January 29, 2017 ushers in the new year with a duo show by Tony nominee Mandy Gonzalez (starred in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights, Wicked, Madam Secretary) and Telly Leung (Glee, Allegiance), followed by A Cabaret Spectacular, a celebration of the art of cabaret, hosted by “Don’t Tell Mama’s” Sidney Myer and featuring Amanda McBroom, Nicholas King and an array of the finest cabaret singers from across the nation. Spring brings two-time Tony nominee Christine Andreasin her critically acclaimed show be-Mused on April 2. Grammy and Tony winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots) will close the season on May 14 with his Broadway & Soul show, first performed at Lincoln Center and aired last year on PBS.  

Bay Area Cabaret’s season also features a few non-subscription special events: On November 6, Hamilton star Leslie Odom, Jr will make his exclusive San Francisco concert debut with two shows for Bay Area Cabaret. Tickets the 7:00 pm show sold out in a record 5 days and there is limited ticket availability for a recently added 3:30 pm show. Other special events include the newest Café Carlyle show by jazz great John Pizzarelli and Broadway soprano Jessica Molaskey on March 26 and on February 12, an exclusive, award-winning Cole Porter tribute evening for Bay Area Cabaret’s VIP Circle donors by Australian cabaret star Michael Griffiths.

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All Bay Area Cabaret shows are presented in the Venetian Room at the Fairmont Hotel (950 Mason Street in San Francisco). Tickets to most shows are $58 general ($50 subscribers), with no food or drink minimum required. Subscribers enjoy substantial discounts, are assured of reserved seating and have the option of exchanging tickets among shows, with subscriptions of five or six shows starting at $250. Information and tickets are available at or by phone at City Box Office (415) 392-4400. Subscriptions can also be purchased at (415) 927-4636. For patrons of Bay Area Cabaret, the Fairmont Hotel offers a lavish buffet supper in the Laurel Court for $47 (plus tax and tip), plus free parking, for all who dine in the Laurel Court on the evening of a Bay Area Cabaret performance. This offer is subject to availability and dining reservations can be made at (415) 772-5260.

Having presented cabaret seasons in a variety of elegant showrooms, the nonprofit Bay Area Cabaret found a permanent home six years ago when it was invited to reopen the Fairmont Hotel’s historic Venetian Room, which had been dark as an entertainment venue for over 21 years. Following a gala opening (featuring Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch), the company went on to present such musical legends as Chita Rivera, Judy Collins, Elaine Paige, Tommy Tune, Norm Lewis, Lea Salonga, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Megan Hilty, film star Peter Gallagher, and the Bay Area Teen Idol competition, with judges from American Idol and Wicked. Having been awarded exclusive music booking rights to the Venetian Room, Bay Area Cabaret has continued to provide top caliber lineups, and now begins its sixth year in residence, to present Bay Area Cabaret’s thirteenth season of music.

From 1947 to 1989, the Venetian Room reigned supreme as the city’s premier showroom. It was there that Tony Bennett introduced his signature song, ‘I Left My Heart in San Francisco’ and show business legends like Ella Fitzgerald, Marlene Dietrich, Tina Turner, Peggy Lee, Nat ‘King’ Cole, and many others held forth for more than four decades. “An evening at a Bay Area Cabaret performance at the Venetian Room is a magical and uniquely San Francisco experience,” said Marilyn Levinson, Founding Executive Producer of Bay Area Cabaret. “The rich, musical history of the room is palpable. Patrons are delighted to once again see the nation’s top caliber Broadway and jazz artists performing in San Francisco’s most glamorous venue.” And, for those enjoying the Laurel Court’s $47 supper buffet, parking at the hotel is free.

Tickets for individual concerts are available at or by phone at City Box Office (415) 392-4400. Subscriptions, and discounts for groups of 8 or more, are available directly from Bay Area Cabaret at (415) 927-4636. For Bay Area Cabaret 2015-2016 season subscriptions, information and video clips of performers visit



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Bay Area Cabaret's 2016 / 2017 season

Opening Night Gala

When: 7:30 pm, Friday, September 23
Where: Venetian Room of the Fairmont San Francisco, 950 Mason Street, atop Nob Hill, San Francisco
Tickets: $125 general/$85 subscribers , (415) 392-4400 or

Bay Area Cabaret's kicks off its season with the highly anticipated West Coast concert debut of one of Broadway’s brightest stars, Kelli O’Hara. Last year, Ms. O’Hara won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, for her performance as Anna Leonowens in the Lincoln Center revival of The King and I, having been nominated for five additional Tony awards for her work in South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza, The Pajama Game (opposite Harry Connick, Jr.), The Bridges of Madison County and Nice Work if You Can Get It (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations, and Fred Astaire Nomination for dance).  Ben Brantley of the New York Times called her “one of our greatest re-interpreters of musical standards. "Television audiences know Ms. O’Hara for her performance as Mrs. Darling in NBC’s live telecast of Peter Pan, as a frequent guest artist on the PBS Memorial Day and July 4th telecasts and her performances as part of the Kennedy Honors tributes for Barbara Cook, Jerry Herman and Barbra Streisand. Capable of handling the most challenging musical theatre roles, Ms. O’Hara’s rare vocal talent enables her to “cross over” to operatic roles. Winner of the State Metropolitan Opera Competition in her native Oklahoma, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2014 in The Merry Widow with Renee Fleming. This year, just ten days after her final performance in The King and I, she sang the title role of Dido in Dido and Aeneus at City Center.  In October, one month after her Bay Area Cabaret concert, Ms. O’Hara will make her solo Carnegie Hall debut.  


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