For three decades, the unofficial launch of “autumn in New York” has been marked by the annual Cabaret Convention of The Mabel Mercer Foundation. This year, their four individual concerts will be presented at 6 p.m. at the Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, beginning Tuesday, October 9th and running through Friday, October 12th. More than seventy diverse vocalists — ranging in age from seventeen to ninety — are scheduled to entertain; thirteen of these will make their New York Cabaret Convention debuts during the 2018 performances.
Here is the 2018 Cabaret Convention schedule. All artists are subject to availability; an asterisk indicates a New York CabCon newcomer:
Tuesday, October 9: Cabaret Today! hosted by KT Sullivan. Featuring Corinna Sowers Adler, Danny Bacher, David Baida*, Joie Bianco, Carole J. Bufford, Bill Charlap, Dawn Derow*, Meg Flather*, Eric Yves Garcia, Gregory Generet, Paula Dione Ingram*, Marcus Lovett*, Nancy McGraw, Marissa Mulder, Todd Murray, Karen Oberlin, Sandy Stewart, Dorian Woodruff*, Carol Woods. Presentation of The Mabel Mercer Award to Carol Woods.
Wednesday, October 10: The Night and The Music: Celebrating Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Cook, and Julie Wilson, hosted by Deborah Grace Winer; music director John Oddo. Featuring Karrin Allyson*, Debby Boone*, Darius de Haas, Natalie Douglas, La Tanya Hall, Nicolas King, Rebecca Luker*, Marilyn Maye, Kenita Miller*, James Naughton*, Linda Purl, Emily Skinner*, Billy Stritch and Karen Ziemba.
Thursday, October 11: The Best of Jerry Herman, hosted by Klea Blackhurst. Featuring Brent Barrett, Anna Bergman, Celia Berk, Tim Connell*, Debbie Gravitte, Greg Gropper, Renee Katz*, Valerie Lemon, Kristoffer Lowe, Marieann Meringolo, Christine Pedi, Lee Roy Reams, Joan Ryan, Josephine Sanges and Amra-Faye Wright. Presentation of The Adela & Larry Elow American Songbook High School Competition Award.
Friday, October 12: The Night They Invented Champagne: The Lyrics of Alan J Lerner, hosted by Jeff Harnar & Andrea Marcovicci. Featuring Karen Akers, Leanne Borghesi*, Barbara Brussell, Eric Comstock, Joshua Lance Dixon, Shana Farr, Barbara Fasano, Penny Fuller, Anita Gillette, Richard Holbrook, Stearns Matthews, Sally Mayes, Tammy McCann, Sidney Myer, Mark Nadler, Liz Robertson, Steve Ross, Marta Sanders, Gabrielle Stravelli and Iris Williams. Presentation of The Donald F. Smith Award, underwritten by Adela & Larry Elow. Presentation of The Julie Wilson Award, underwritten by Linda & Peter Hanson.
all shows are at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, located at Broadway and 60th Street, and presale advance tickets are now available ONLY through The Mabel Mercer Foundation at www.mabelmercer.org