The 24th New York Cabaret Convention
Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center – October 7, 8, 9, 10
Gala Opening Night - by Kevin Scott Hall
With stellar performances from both veterans and newcomers alike, the opening night of the 24th New York Cabaret Convention offered hope and promise for the success of the cabaret art form to a full house of patrons at the lovely Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
The host of the evening was none other than the delightful KT Sullivan, who, as Artistic Director of the Mabel Mercer Foundation, the producer of the Cabaret Convention, has kept the Foundation's cabaret ship not only afloat, but full steam ahead in the wake of founder Donald Smith's passing last year. She set just the right tone with her opening song, Cole Porter's "It's De-Lovely." She's a master at these rapid-fire lyric deliveries, bringing extra mirth to the occasion with additional contemporary lyrics. As host, she often introduced acts from off-stage, with minimal foofaraw, keeping the focus where it belonged: on the artists and their music.