Song Order In A Caberet Set

Another rehearsal day for our set on Labor Day Weekend in Lake Oswego.  It takes time to find the connections between and among various songs.  You need to learn Broadway shows, and be very familiar with the lyrics of the songs to be able to find the connections amongst the songs that  you select.  This takes time and study.  Watch as many shows as you can attend.  Watch film versions of Broadway shows if you can–some are available on Netflix.  Attend road shows of Broadway shows at your local theatres.  Check out YouTube videos of original Broadway performances of Broadway shows.  Start a group where actors come together to do a simple read/sing through of shows that are lesser done–you will find great tunes to use for auditions as well as become familiar with work that you might be able to use in a cabaret set.  If possible, find a mentor who has seen Broadway shows and cabaret acts–this is invaluable.  If you live in areas where cabaret abounds, avail yourself of local performances and shows–you learn by seeing what others do.

What else  do you do to learn about new music and learn how to sequence your sets? Please leave a comment relevant to the topic!

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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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