Ask A Cabaret Question at McElrath Cabaret–How Do You Handle It If A Reviewer Comes To Your Cabaret Show? Join The Conversation!


Welcome to McElrath Cabaret–We hope you enjoy our cabaret blog!

We lost another great entertainer yesterday–Andy Williams, who was a member of the Williams Brothers who worked with the legendary Kay Thompson to produce the greatest nightclub act of years past, who had a very popular television show, numerous recordings and a long career as a singer.  Learn more at Andy Williams’ official website.


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:  How do you handle it if a reviewer comes to your cabaret show?


Likely, you will be jumping up and down with joy if you can get a reviewer to your show and you are prepared to be reviewed.  it takes work on your part from a publicity and promotional standpoint in order to get a critic to your show, so pat yourself on the back when you have them in attendance.


Even if you know in advance that the reviewer will be there, it can be a little disconcerting to try to perform your show knowing that someone is out there in the audience who will be judging what you are doing.  (Of course, every audience member will do this on one level or another.)


Do you prefer to have advance notice that a reviewer will be present or do you like not knowing?  On one hand, if you know you can make sure that everything is ready to go, so that you can give the best performance of your material.  On the other hand, knowing a reviewer is there can cause you to make last-minute changes to your set that ultimately could be detrimental to what you have worked so hard to put together.  My thought it is that it is best to approach it so that you give the best show you possibly can each time you get on stage, so that it doesn’t matter who is in the audience.  Anyone who paid a cover charge deserves your best.


What is your preference–do you like to know that a reviewer will be in the room or do you prefer not knowing in advance?   How do you handle it if a reviewer comes to your 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. 


You can also leave a comment on LinkedInGoogle+Facebook or Twitter.  And you can always feel free to drop us a line, either in the comments below or send us a direct email, and let us know a cabaret question that you would like us to ask, and we’ll do our best to include it in an upcoming Wednesday post.


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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