The singer, accordianist, organist Joe Mooney. He went blind at age ten, but that did not stop him from having a full and rich performance career. He has selections included in the three-disc anthology called The Erteguns’ New York: New York Cabaret Music. According to the liner notes for the anthology, Mr. Mooney played in New York City at Dixon’s on 52nd Street and the Embers. Here is an article that talks about Joe Mooney’s life and music career–enjoy!
Wednesday is the day of the week when we at McElrath Cabaret will post a cabaret question for the consideration of our readers.
The questions will have something to do with cabaret, in all its many aspects. The question may take the form of a poll, to which we encourage you to respond, or it may be a question posed to the cabaret community, to which you can leave your response in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
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]gmail.com. Just fill in the [at] with the @ symbol—we need to foil the spam bots, don’cha know.
Today’s question is this: How do you pick a good name for your cabaret show?
For ourselves, we often create a show around a theme, and thus the theme works its way into the title. We’ve done shows such as:
- KJ’s Piano Bar
- The Light and Bright Side Of Relationships
- From Broadway To Hollywood: A Celebration Of Song
- Cabaret With A Conscience
Famous cabaret performers often just use their name as the title of the show. If you are well-enough known, and have some signature songs, this could work.
Others use a memorable phrase from a song lyric as the title of the show. This is another good way to create a catchy title.
It helps if you focus on an universal emotion or image common to many people in your show title. You will be using this show title on your flyers, for all your advertising, in email and other online messages promoting the show, and it needs to catch readers’ attention, so much so that they will be willing to pay a cover charge and minimum to find out what the show is about in greater detail. The title of the show needs to be a teaser to actually get them in the house.
You also need to think about your particular audience, and what they will respond to in terms of a title. For example, more mature audience members will likely have memories of classic cabaret performers and venues, so using words referring to these people and places may evoke a pleasant memory that they associate with your new show, and thus can help to draw them in. If possible, it can be helpful to make the title humorous, but in a way that your potential audience can relate to and not be offended by.
How do you pick a good title for your cabaret show? I truly look forward to your comments, and any help or suggestions you have on this topic! 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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