Cabaret Tip Tuesday at McElrath Cabaret: Allow Lead Time For Booking Holiday Cabaret Shows


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


You are in for a real cabaret treat today–this is cabaret entertainer Dorothy Loudon, from her album At The Blue Angel, the famous New York cabaret room from year’s past.  This is a live album, and you can hear what her cabaret show was like, and how the audience responds to her–it’s fantastic!


Hello everyone!  Hope you had a great weekend and had a chance to get out and see some fabulous cabaret shows!  We were busy rehearsing our new Winter Wonderland holiday show, which I hope to share more of with you in the near future.


In the meantime I have a helpful cabaret tip for you today:


Allow lead time for booking holiday-themed cabaret shows.  


Larger, well-established cabaret rooms often book their entertainers 3 months in advance, sometimes more, so you will want to start calling bookers at least 3 months prior to when you would like to perform your holiday show, whatever that holiday might be.  Sometimes, if you’ve been booked and had a good show in a room, they will pencil you into their calendar so you get to perform the next year at that holiday–that is fantastic when that happens, and I hope it happens to you and me this season!


However, don’t let that discourage you from calling bookers at smaller rooms and at other types of organizations where they offer entertainment with less lead time.  They very well may be looking for holiday entertainment, or may have had another act cancel and now have an opening that they need to fill–it definitely doesn’t hurt to call and ask.  Also don’t forget to ask your friends who might be having holiday parties at their homes–private parties are perfect for cabaret entertainers, and these types of events are often much more flexible about the lead time required.


PS–This next bit has nothing to do with cabaret, but everything to do with funny–but cabaret should be funny, right–I think so!  You will appreciate this if you are a middle-aged woman, or living with one.  A blog friend named Suzan wrote this post, and I want to share it with you–enjoy!


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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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