Ask A Cabaret Question at McElrath Cabaret–Do You Sing Foreign Language Songs in Your Sets?


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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 sing foreign language songs in your sets?


This one builds on my previous post. I personally love to sing songs in languages other than English. Most of my favorites are in Spanish, as this is the second language I am most familiar with (and given current demographic trends in the U.S., building my repertoire of canciónes en español  seems to be a smart career strategy). However, I also sing songs in French, German, Italian (I was once a strolling accordionist at an Italian restaurant) and even Russian and Greek on occasion. (My current goal is to learn to read and pronounce Portuguese properly and perform some Jobim songs in the original language.)


It’s a challenge, particularly if you have only a passing familiarity with the language – or know nothing about it, in which case you must learn it phonetically. Few people realize that Spanish actor Antonio Banderas spoke virtually no English when he first came to the U.S. to work in the 1992 film Mambo Kings. He had to learn not only his English lyrics phonetically, but all his spoken lines as well.


It’s worth it, however.


Here is one of my all-time favorites from that same film. Understanding the Spanish lyric, it never fails to bring a tear to my eye.


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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About KJ at McElrath Cabaret

KJ McElrath is a piano player and singer who relishes performing works by Porter, the Gershwins, Harry Warren, Yip Harburg and the other writing denziens from the heyday of Hollywood, Broadway and Tin Pan Alley.
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