Venice Summer Cabaret Festival celebrates 7th year

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Venice Summer Cabaret Festival

July 11 – August 25, 2019

Pinky’s Cabaret
Venice Theatre
40 Tampa Ave. W., Venice, FL

Venice Theatre is delighted to invite audiences to its 7th Annual Summer Cabaret Festival. This popular event keeps music lovers and theater goers entertained throughout the summer with a variety of music in a night club setting. Ken Salvo’s N’Awlins Jazz Band kicks off the festival Thursday July 11, 2019.

The festival continues in “Pinky’s Cabaret” (the theatre’s black box Pinkerton Theatre) through Sunday, August 25, 2019. Tickets are $18 for each show, one exception being Liz Pascoe-Broome’s cabaret which offers $5 tickets for children aged seven and under.

All tickets are on sale at; 941-488-1115; and in person at the box office located at 140 Tampa Ave. W. in Venice. Summer box office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and one hour before show time.

19 different acts – some new, some returning – will be performing throughout the festival. Most performances take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays and at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The theater’s SummerStock cast performs on two Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. The festival is directed by Venice Theatre’s Artistic Director, Allan Kollar with musical direction by Michelle Kasanofsky. A full listing of shows follows.

Ken Salvo’s N’awlins Jazz Band
Hot, toe-tapping Dixieland jazz played by top professionals specializing in music of the 1920s and ’30s. The happiest music you’ll hear anywhere!
July 11 & 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Yesterday Once More, A Tribute to The Carpenters
Enjoy a professional 5-piece band with Michele Pruyn performing songs by the most memorable and beloved brother/sister duo, Richard & Karen Carpenter! Songs will include “Top of the World,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “Close to You,” “Superstar,” and “Mr. Postman.”
July 13 at 7:30 p.m. & July 14 at 2 p.m.

The Generation Swap starring Jeff & Katie Dunn-Rankin
This father and daughter are always exchanging music and genres! In this heartwarming and fun evening, Katie sings the songs from Dad’s generation and vice versa, from Ella Fitzgerald to Ed Sheeran.
July 14 at 7:30 p.m.

The Sinatra Songbook starring John Lariviere
Cabaret and jazz singer John Lariviere regularly headlines throughout South Florida performing at local theaters and clubs. John is back by popular demand with his sold-out one-man show, The Sinatra Songbook.
July 18 & 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Treble In Paradise
Beginning with the suggestion of a location, object, or title from the audience, Treble in Paradise will perform a completely original, fully improvised musical comedy in two acts. Starring Kathryn Parks, Asia Dekle, Chris Friday, and Ryan Simpson.
July 20 at 7:30 p.m. & July 21 at 2 p.m.

Dorian and The Furniture Presents “Lost Songs”
Dorian’s new show will feature forgotten oddities and a look at the lesser-known works of Dan Fogelberg.
July 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Mommy Needs A Drink – BIGGER, BADDER, BETTER!
Alana Opie returns with her show Mommy Needs a Drink. This time she’s bringing along five of the area’s finest performers who also happen to be moms!

Join Alana, Asia Dekle, Jennifer Baker, Corinne Woodland, Jamie Butrum, and Liz Pascoe-Broome as they sing about the ups and downs of motherhood!

July 25 at 7:30 p.m. & July 28 at 2 p.m.

Random Acts: “Redacted”
The “stable geniuses” from Random Acts return with all-new material that can’t be mentioned in polite company! Songs, scenes, and shenanigans guaranteed to make you snort your beer. Beware: material is completely UNCENSORED. Good times!
July 26 & 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Summerstock Cabaret
Join the cast of this summer’s Urinetown, as they pay tribute to Venice Theatre’s first 12 seasons of SummerStock. Including songs from Footloose, West Side Story, Oklahoma!, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret, and more.
Wednesdays July 31 & Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Eric Watters presents “1961”
The year of America’s first man in space, JFK and Roger Maris! Bye Bye Birdie wins the Tony award, West Side Story debuts in movie theaters, and Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison, Ray Charles and the Shirelles are scoring top hits. Don’t forget Breakfast at Tiffany’s and its theme song that won an Academy Award and a Grammy. Experience all this – and more – as you re-live the year that is the same upside down as right side up!
Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m. & Aug. 4 at 2 p.m.

Two of A Kind starring Kim Kollar & Bobbi Eschenbach
This dynamic duo shares their musical flair with favorite songs from their hearts to yours. Hear the music of Johnny Mercer, Bette Midler, Judy Garland, Barry Manilow, Bobby Darin, and Frank Sinatra. The night is new, the faces are friendly and the mood is always right!
Aug. 2 & 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Patsy Cline Live starring Alana Opie
The star of Always … Patsy Cline will recreate the only known recording of a live Patsy Cline concert at the Cimarron Ballroom in 1961.
Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m. & Aug. 11 at 2 p.m.

Jason Ellis presents Swanky Soirée
A night of cocktails, crooners, and comedy. Songs from Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr., and Dean Martin. Guest appearances featuring songs from Greatest Showman, Skyfall, Gershwin, and much more. Adult Content.
Aug. 9 & 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Liz Pascoe-Broome presents “Raindrops on Roses and Other Favorite Things”
A special opportunity for “littles” and their parents! This gentle, interactive, and engaging show will help nurture and inspire an appreciation of the performing arts for young children. The children will be invited to dance, sing, and interact along with the performers! $5 tickets for ages seven and under.
Aug. 10 & 24 at 2 p.m.

An Evening On Beneva starring Berry Ayers
Popular area drag queen Beneva Fruitville sings all the songs she’s ever wanted to sing, but couldn’t. This New York-style cabaret show carries a PG-13 rating.
Aug. 15 & 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Rhythm and Speed starring Joel Broome
A variety of Jazz standards and ethnic world music featuring rhythm and percussion.
Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Some Enchanted Evening with Stephen Ditchfield
Enjoy the best-loved music from the best-loved singers of our time. From Nat King Cole to Josh Groban, from Tony Bennett to Michael Bublé, from the Broadway stage to the silver screen…it’s the music you love, the way you remember it! Join Stephen for an “enchanted evening” of music presented in his own inimitable style – with warmth, humor and inspiration!
Aug.18 & 25 at 2 p.m.

Leftcoast Sunset
Welcome to the Leftcoast! Treat yourself to the sonic paradise of local Leftcoast legends, Sunset Roy (Mikal Mancini & Khamor Lyons) and Brandon Gomes.

For one night only, experience stripped-down, live renditions of popular hit songs such as “Immortal,” “Welcome In,” “Beautifulcrazy,” and “Games.”

Aug. 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Two for the Money starring Michelle Kasanofsky & George Mancini
Michelle Kasanofsky, her father – the incomparable George Mancini – and her multi-talented son Mikal, accompanied by “adopted son” Joel, will be performing songs by composer/performers who are a double threat like Michel Legrand, Carole King, Stevie Wonder.
Aug. 23 & 24 at 7:30 p.m.