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Following up last week’s posts about piano bar, I thought you might enjoy this short video of New York piano man and singer Chris Barrett. (Thank you, Richard Skipper, for bringing this to my attention!) I love the wide range of material he shows us in this brief reel, as well as his lovely acting of the lyrics. I wish I’d been in the audience for his show!
Today’s cabaret question is very simple:
Do you work with a cabaret collaborator?
My answer to that question is yes, and I always work with my collaborator, who happens to be the music director and arranger for the shows that we do, as well as my sweet husband! But I definitely do like to start with a kernel of a cabaret show idea on my own and just write down all the thoughts I have about it. Then I bring it to KJ, and we discuss it some more. If it seems like it might make for a good show, we continue together down the path of finding songs that will work (we often organize our shows around a theme), and eventually work on patter and the other many and varied elements that go into putting a cabaret show on. Often, the idea is only strong enough to become a part of a show, or a small set or even the basis for a medley, all of which may be useful in your cabaret career. But sometimes the idea is quite a strong one, and one that is worth being explored further to develop into a full cabaret show.
In times past, we have also worked with a couple of cabaret mentors, which can be another type of cabaret collaboration. These people, for us, have listened to our ideas and offered suggestions for shaping the show or a particular song. They also have offered ideas for songs that we might want to consider, which is tremendously helpful, especially if that person is very familiar with your voice and your acting style, as a cabaret mentor hopefully will be for you.
Some people pay for this service and hire a director or music director to help in the collaborative process. This work well, too, if you find directors that are thoughtful about cabaret and can help you shape your show to make it better.
So how about you? Do you work with a cabaret collaborator? Let us know down in the comments!
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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,
Weekly Post Lineup At McElrath Cabaret:
Tuesdays: Cabaret Tip Tuesday
Wednesdays: Ask A Cabaret Question
Fridays: Cabaret Through Time