The Philipstown Depot Theatre hosts Come to the Cabaret: An Evening of Songs from Stage and Film from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday Aug. 17, in Garrison. Tickets are $15 at brownpapertickets.com.
Hosted by Lisa Sabin, Come to the Cabaret features five female vocalists – Jenn Lee, Julie Heckert, Liz Richter, Tess Dul and Lisa Sabin, accompanied by acclaimed musicians, pianist Thomas McCoy and percussionist Mike Larocco. In choosing songs for this cabaret, Sabin and the vocalists created a song list of recognizable Broadway tunes interspersed with new experiences. The audience is invited to join in the final number singing … Life is a cabaret old chum, come to the cabaret!
Sabin is classically trained and has performed jazz, cabaret, Broadway and Shakespeare in New York, San Francisco, London, Scotland and in the Hudson Valley, and also coordinates youth programs at the Depot Theatre. Lee has been seen on Broadway in James Joyce’s The Dead, Grand Hotel, and Les Miserables as both Cosette and Eponine. She is a founding member of World’s End Theatre, where she recently performed in The Way of the World.
Endler Heckert has performed at Carnegie Hall and Hudson Valley venues and was recently seen in Beggar’s Opera at the Depot. Dul is studying theatre and music at Muhlenberg College and recently performed with the summer Opera Studio at College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati and in On the Town at Muhlenberg. Richter is studying vocal performance at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., has enjoyed many roles at Haldane High School and at the Depot Theatre, and recently performed in Sweeney Todd at WCC.
Pianist McCoy is well known locally for the Jazz Vespers he leads at First Presbyterian Church of Philipstown and from the dozens of productions he’s music-directed at the Depot Theater, where his original score for Battle of the Orphans, the book by Brian McConnache, was first mounted. McCoy is principal pianist with Hudson Valley Philharmonic Orchestra and has appeared on stage with James Taylor, Ray Charles, Natalie Merchant, Judy Collins, Regis Philbin, Kate Pierson, Garth Hudson and Robert Goulet among others.
A versatile classically trained percussionist, Larocco currently plays with the East Coast Jazz Trio, and recently wrapped up a stint with the Putnam County Symphony Orchestra. He has performed and recorded with the acoustic duo Open Book and is a regular at FPCP’s Jazz Vesper Series.