Ask A Cabaret Question at McElrath Cabaret–Do You Like To Eat Before Or After You Sing? Join The Conversation!


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The pretty song “She,” performed by the master French singer and songwriter Charles Aznavour.  He’s appeared in over 60 films, and composed around 1,000 songs in French, English, Italian, Spanish and German!  You can learn more about Mr. Aznavour from his extensive Wikipedia article–enjoy!
Hi!  Wednesday is the day of the week when we at McElrath Cabaret post a cabaret question for the consideration of our readers.  The questions have something to do with cabaret, in all its many aspects.


We encourage you to send us any cabaret question that you have that you would like us to pose to the group! You can leave a question in the comments section below, or you can email it to us at kjandathenacabaret [at] Just fill in the [at] with the @ symbol—we need to foil the spam bots, don’cha know.


This week’s question is:  Do you like to eat before or after you sing?


I’m sure everyone has their own personal take on this question.  I can tell you for myself, I definitely prefer to eat after a gig.  I don’t like the feeling of being full and then having to sing–it just doesn’t work for me.  However, I happen to be a diabetic, and so I have to be careful in balancing food with activity, and even though singing may not seem to be strenuous, I find singing to be a full-body sport, and through experience I’ve discovered it tends to drop my blood sugar rapidly.  So, I have a little something with some carbs and a little protein in it before the show, take a little less medication earlier in the day, and that will usually see me through the show.  I have also been known to have a little snack stored away discreetly somewhere on stage–like a fruit juice or other sweet drink.  This I can sip if I need to in between songs, and I’ve even been known to work it into a bit–as long as you keep it all light and entertaining, the audience is cool with it!


And it’s always fun to celebrate a job well done after a show, and I like to celebrate with something lovely to eat and drink as part of it!


There are others who prefer a light meal before a performance.  In Bobby Short’s autobiography The Life and Times of A Saloon Singer, he talks about his schedule on days when he did his shows at the Cafe Carlyle, and also offers a charming anecdote about Rex Harrison’s regime:


Professional saloon singing takes talent, experience, and discipline.  Discipline for me begins as soon as I am up in the morning.  The day is made up of preparation for going to work, even to having my main meal at lunchtime and not another bite after that.  Sometimes, though, I am tempted.  I often think of what Betty Comden said when we talked about performers’ regimens.  She fold me that Rex Harrison’s formula was to have a small tin of fresh Beluga before a performance.  Energy giving, low calorie–and totally glamorous.  (222-223)


What is your preference–do you like to dine before or after you sing a cabaret show?  I can’t wait to hear what your responses are to today’s question, so let me know down in the comments here. 


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I truly look forward to your joining the conversation with your comments! We value each of our readers very much, and hope to entertain you and give you a place to come and learn more about cabaret.


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Till next time, 

ps–The Cabaret Soiree Link Party is still going strong–you can visit anytime to click on the links and see what others have posted, or you can share your own recent cabaret blog or cabaret website link from now through Thursday.  Link is below.


Weekly Post Lineup At McElrath Cabaret:

Mondays:  Cabaret Soiree Cabaret Blog Link Party

Tuesdays:  Cabaret Tip Tuesday

Wednesdays:  Ask A Cabaret Question

Thursdays: Featured Cabaret Blog, Website, Performer

Fridays:  Cabaret Through Time

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About Athena at McElrath Cabaret

Athena McElrath is an entertainer with a love for theatre and singing. She enjoys delving in the area of historical cabaret, researching the singers and clubs that were in business from before 1920 to the present, in New York and beyond.
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