"The Cabaret & Performance Conference is alive and well. We are poised to welcome some top-notch entertainers to our stage this summer as we continue to celebrate and nurture the art of live performance”
- John McDaniel, Artistic Director
The Cabaret & Performance Conference will present 10 public shows in its return to the beautiful Dina Merrill Theater. The line-up features some of the best talent in Cabaret Theater, including O'Neill favorite Cabaret & Performance Conference staff members, four incredible guest artists, and, of course, our Cabaret Fellows and Cabaret Junior Fellows.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2| 8PM
OPENING VARIETY SHOW!
We’re back, and it’s our Opening Variety Show! This performance is
open to the public, so come along and meet our sensational 2023 Cabaret crew!
THURSDAY, AUGUST 3 | 8PM
WORDS + MUSIC
Brad Simmons stars in his new creation Words + Music. Brad is an O'Neill favorite who will share some brand new music as he returns to his country, folk, rock, and gospel roots. He'll hit the spot with some soul-searching and soul-lifting songs!
FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 | 8PM
DISNEY MY WAY +
Broadway's Alton Fitzgerald White stars in Disney My Way +. Alton's starred on Broadway in Ragtime and The Color Purple and played more than 4,300 performances as King Mufasa in The Lion King! Alton is sure to thrill us, performing with Doyle Newmyer on piano.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 | 8PM
MEL & ELLA SWING!
In their new collaboration, Billy and Gabrielle combine their considerable talents to celebrate the music of the late, great Mel Tormé and Ella Fitzgerald. This lively show has recently sold out Birdland three times and promises to be a memorable evening of jazz and swing!
SUNDAY, AUGUST 6 | 8PM
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO NATALIE & LENNIE
Our two conference artist teachers, Natalie Douglas & Lennie Watts, are joining forces to present a brand new, unique O'Neill concert not to be missed! The show will feature guest pianist Brian Nash.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 8 | 8PM
ALICE RIPLEY IN CONCERT
Join Tony Award-winner, Alice Ripley for a stunning new show. The Broadway star of Next to Normal, Side Show, Sunset Boulevard, and The Rocky Horror Show will slay in a rousing performance, featuring our own Artistic Director, John McDaniel, on piano!
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9 | 7PM, 9PM
MAGIC: THE JUNIORS SING OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN
Our Junior Fellows will celebrate the incredible song canon of the late, great Olivia Newton-John. the Pink Ladies will rule the campus while the Muses take us off to Xanadu! Find out why we are hopelessly devoted to the Juniors, under the keen direction of Brad Simmons.
The 2023 Junior Fellows are Sophia Barbara, Clara Benedict, Ada Florek, Alexis Grasdock, and Grace Lilley.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 10 | 8PM
AN EVENING WITH OUR 2023 FELLOWS!
The Fellows take the stage tonight and share all they've been gleaning and soaking up over the duration of the conference. Be sure to support these talented artists, under the direction of Natalie Douglas and Lennie Watts.
The 2023 Cabaret Fellows are John Burns, Journee Carter, Eden Casteel, Autumn Hurlbert, Marshall W. Mabry IV, Oliviana Marie, and Bex Odorisio.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 11 | 8PM
Don't miss Jason Graae in "Graaetest Hits!" Hollywood's Jason Graae is a one-of-a-kind entertainer who will leave you delighted and hysterical with laughter. A Drama Desk nominee and the winner of the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award, he's top-lined on Broadway, on television, and on film and has appeared on over 65 recordings!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 | 8PM
FAREWELL VARIETY SHOW
All good things must come to an end- it's our "Farewell Variety Show!" This show is always a sell-out and will include a special guest or two. Get your tickets early, and come along as we wrap the 2023 conference with a bang!