cabaret & performance conference

John McDaniel, Artistic Director

The Cabaret & Performance Conference brings some of the biggest names in Cabaret Theater to perform at the O’Neill each summer. Join us for a new show every night! 

Opening Night

august 1 at 8pm   •

This variety show opening night performance is free to the public – come one, come all to get a preview of the the next nine nights!

august 2 at 8pm   •

An Evening wth Tonya Pinkins and Brad Simmons

Tonya and Brad are together again after wowing crowds at Joe’s Pub in New York City. Tony, Drama Desk, & Obie Award-winning Tonya Pinkins is known to theater, film, & television audiences everywhere and she pairs this summer with O’Neill favorite, Brad Simmons for an eclectic evening of song.

august 3 at 8pm   •

The 2017 Drama Desk-winner for Solo Performance, Ed Dixon, recreates his stunning and delightful one man show, recounting his 20-year friendship with the incomparable George Rose.

Ed Dixon in "Georgie"

august 4 at 8pm   •

Carol Sloane recorded her first recording at Columbia Records in 1961 and through the years opened for greats such as Oscar Peterson, Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, and Phyllis Diller. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, as well as top venues across the country. Join us for this legendary evening of songs and stories. 

august 5 at 8pm   •

Bar Jungr & John McDaniel • Float Like a Buterfly: the Songs of Sting

Join Barb and John as they present their latest collection of music, celebrating the release of their brand new recording.

Anita Gilette & Penny Fuller: Sin Twisters, Too!

august 7 at 8pm   •

Multi-award-winning Broadway actresses, Anita & Penny, offer their adventures in songs and stories from the Golden Age of Broadway, having worked with such giants as Irving Berlin & Richard Rodgers! Directed by Barry Kleinbort. 

august 8 at 7pm & 9pm   •

The Junior Fellows kick up the dirt showcasing the music of Springsteen, Mellencamp, Aerosmith, & more, featuring a live band all under the direction of Brad Simmons.

Junior Fellows: Born to Rock

august 9 at 8pm   •

An Evening with the Cabaret Fellows

The 2018 Cabaret Fellows take the stage in a show of their own design. Join us for an evening of songs and stories from emerging performers on cabaret scene.  

Sharon McNight: Gone, but Not Forotten

august 10 at 8pm   •

Cabaret great and MAC Lifetime Achievement Award-winner, Sharon McNight, tips her hat in tribute to some of the great female singers and comedians who are no longer with us, but whose names and music live on, including Betty, Sophie, Ethel, Patsy, Judy, and more. Ian Herman accompanies on the piano.  

august 11 at 8pm   •

This cavalcade of performers and a few surprises is a sell-out every year and promises to be a fantastic show to wrap the season!

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(860) 443 - 1238

305 Great Neck Rd • Waterford, CT 06385  


Box Office Opens June 6, 2018

Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 8 PM


Grab a drink from our full-service bar and mingle with artists and staff, amidst fifty years of theatrical history.


Open June 2 through August 11

Sunday - Thursday, 6 PM - 1 AM

Friday & Saturday, 6 PM - 2 AM

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The best way to experience #ONeillSummer. Benefits include access to member presale, free tickets, discounted tickets and merchandise, invitations to artist receptions, reserved parking, and more!

Individual and Corporate Memberships Available