“We are so excited to step back onto the stage this summer! I’m delighted to present an array of talent over seven nights of the 2021 Conference & Performance Conference as well to welcome Fellows and Junior Fellows who will study with us morning, noon and night. O’Neill favorites Natalie Douglas, Brad Simmons, and Lennie Watts will dazzle and charm us and I’m so pleased to welcome newcomers Telly Leung, Beth Leavel, and L Morgan Lee to our seaside oasis where the stars come out under the stars!“
- John McDaniel, Artistic Director
The Cabaret & Performance Conference will present seven shows under the stars August 5-14 in the O’Neill’s iconic Amphitheater. Open to the public, this re-imagined programming in a COVID-responsible environment will bring headliners in solo performances as well as feature our Cabaret Fellows and Junior Fellows in singular evenings of entertainment. Masks and social distancing are required.
Tickets go on-sale to O'Neill Members July 16 & the general public on July 29.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 5
Welcome back for our first night of the conference with our Grammy & Emmy Award-winning Artistic Director John McDaniel, our Junior Fellows director Brad Simmons, & returning Master Artist Teacher Lennie Watts. Lots of songs and laughs are in store, along with a great deal of gratitude to be back singing together at the O’Neill.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 6
AN EVENING WITH BETH LEAVEL
One of New York’s most beloved stars, Tony Award-winner Beth Leavel is a veteran of 13 Broadway musicals. You may remember her from The Prom, Elf, Bandstand, or The Drowsy Chaperone. This special O’Neill appearance is not to be missed!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 7
TELLY LEUNG: IN CONCERT
Telly Leung comes to the O’Neill for one night only, having appeared in 10 Broadway shows including starring roles in Aladdin and Rent as well as Godspell, In Transit, and Allegiance. Audiences also may recognize him from TV’s Glee. Telly Leung is sure to grab your heart and delight your ears in this solo concert.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 10
BIG SHOT! JUNIOR FELLOWS SING BILLY JOEL
Under the direction of Brad Simmons & Michael Holland, the Junior Fellows have cooked up some excellent and well-known tunes from America’s five-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter Billy Joel in a show that will electrify the amphitheater! 2021 Junior Fellows include: Evan Anderson, Christopher-David Caraballo, Chloé Kolbenheyer, Hugo Lehrach, Makayla O'Connor, Erich Phelps, Spencer Stanley, Arielle Sussman, and Maggie Welch.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11
AN EVENING WITH THE CABARET FELLOWS
The 2021 Fellows are in the spotlight as they strut their stuff with all the knowledge they’ve been soaking up throughout the Conference under the mentorship of Natalie Douglas, Lennie Watts, John McDaniel, Barb Jungr, Faith Prince, and Betty Buckley. Join us for an evening of music featuring new arrangements created just for them by music directors Tracy Stark and Mark Hartman. 2021 Fellows include: Vita Drew, Matt Gittins, Mark Propst, Randy Taylor, Melissa Rostkoski, and Peggy Schwartz.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 13
NATALIE DOUGLAS: A VERY SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO SAMMY DAVIS JR
Join Cabaret legend and Birdland Hall of Fame’s Natalie Douglas for this extraordinary tribute. Natalie is one of our Master Artist Teachers and tonight she celebrates the career and songs of the one and only Sammy Davis Jr. Do not miss this unique, tuneful, and moving show!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 14
THE FAREWELL SHOW
It’s always a sell-out show and for good reason. All the Conference artists come together to bid you adieu. This year, we have a special guest performer, from the Obie-winning A Strange Loop and the upcoming The Danish Girl, it’s the marvelous L Morgan Lee!