THIS JUST IN: Next Cabaret season is (grin) ‘going to hell’

‘Jersey Boys’ star to lead off / Tickets go on sale to public on Jan. 14

The Cabaret will kick off the New Year with another star-studded season. The lineup features acclaimed artists from the Broadway world and beyond, including two stars of the hit Broadway musical, Hadestown, and a performer who has played both Hades in Disney’s Descendants 3 and a variety of dark roles on FX’s American Horror Story. Hence, a season “going to hell” – but in the best way possible.

Before heading “way down [to] Hadestown,” the season will kick off on Valentine’s Day with Tony and Grammy winner John Lloyd Young. Young played Frankie Valli in the original Broadway cast of Jersey Boys as well as in the Clint Eastwood Warner Bros. movie adaptation. His show features the soul-bearing showstoppers that shaped his earliest Broadway aspirations, including songs from Jersey Boys, The Wiz, Chicago, and more.

On Feb. 29, Berlin’s legendary cabaret sensation, Ute Lemper, takes the stage as part of The Cabaret’s Christel DeHaan International Series. Her show, Rendezvous with Marlene, is a theatrical cabaret performance based on a real phone call between Lemper and cabaret legend Marlene Dietrich.

The Cabaret’s signature Glick Philanthropies Broadway at The Cabaret Seriescontinues with a bevy of stars, including “bodacious riff monster” Jessica Vosk (Wicked, West Side Story, Finding Neverland), Tony-winning powerhouse Beth Leavel (Mamma Mia!, Baby It’s You,42nd Street!), and Telly Leung (Aladdin, Rent, Godspell) accompanied by a string quartet.

Two top performers from Hadestown will take to The Cabaret stage – two-time Tony-nominee Eva Noblezada (Kim in Miss Saigon, Eurydice in Hadestown) on April 25, and Tony, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Award-winner Andre De Shields (title role in The Wiz, Hermes in Hadestown) on May 15-16. Noblezada’s show, Ballad of a Broadway Twenty-Something, willpresent a mix of pop ballads, jazz standards and musical theater favorites. De Shields’ show, Old Dawg; New Tricks, will includes a variety of songs from his illustrious career that’s spanned a half-century.

“Hadestown is one of the biggest shows on Broadway right now, and we are so fortunate to be able to present two of the leading cast members,” said Shannon Forsell, artistic director and CEO. “Both Noblezada and De Shields bring incredible talent and energy to the stage, but with such drastically different styles that represent two totally different generations of Broadway and cabaret.”

For those who are more in tune with television’s various interpretations of hell, Grammy-nominee Cheyenne Jackson (Disney’s Descendants 3, FX’s American Horror Story, NBC’s 30 Rock; Broadway’s Finian’s Rainbow, Xanadu, Damn Yankees, 8) will perform alongside Tony-nominee Megan Hilty (NBC’s Smash; Broadway’s Wicked, 9 to 5 The Musical, Noises Off) on June 19-20. These two major stars of stage and screen will put on a show that celebrates songs from Broadway, film, and the American Songbook.

The 2020 January-July Season at The Cabaret will close with performances by critically acclaimed singing string quartet Well-Strung on July 24-25. The group has received rave reviews from the New York Timesfor “brilliantly fusing pop and classical music” from Mozart and Vivaldi to Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Pink, Lorde, U2, and more.

A full menu of food and libations created by The Jazz Kitchen is available at each performance. Doors open two hours before show time (except for 9:30 p.m. performances) and guests who arrive early can peruse the latest works by Central Indiana’s leading visual artists at Gallery 924.

The lineup

– John Lloyd Young – 7 p.m. Feb. 14

– Ute Lemper – 8 p.m. Feb.  29

– Jessica Vosk – 8 p.m. March 6-7

– Beth Leavel – 7 and 9:30 p.m. March 18

– Eva Noblezada – 7 and 9:30 p.m. April 25

– Telly Leung – 8 p.m. May 8-9

– Andre De Shields – 8 p.m. May 15-16.

– Megan Hilty and Cheyenne Jackson – 8 p.m. June 19 and 7 and 9:30 p.m. June 20.

– Well-Strung Quartet – 8 p.m. July 24-25.

Tickets will go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, and can be purchased online at or by calling 317-275-1169. For more information, including performance videos of all the performers, visit or call 317-­275-1169.

PHOTO ABOVE: The Cabaret is located at 934 N. Pennsylvania St.