I did a virtual shout out to this fabulous event last year, and wanted to do the same again this year. The Fest just finished up last week and is the most ambitious music undertaking I am aware of for our genre of cabaret; 470 artists in attendance, almost 175 performances including 21 world premiere pieces. What an amazing Fringe Fest and I vow to be there in person one of these days.
These are not the names we see coming out of the New York scene, but an international roster of artists, each with a unique spin on a song set. Kathy Najimy from Sister Act, Hollywood gangster Robert Davi doing his take on Sinatra, Paul Capsis in a Brothers Grimm meets Ziggy Stardust autobiographical piece, folk star Melanie regaling her tales... On and on. The festival has a theme of Not Your Usual Suspects.
Keep in mind the Festival in itself is relatively new; only in existence since 2009. It would be amazing to do something even on a smaller scale here in the Twin Cities. Maybe our Cabaret Bingo Blitz is the start of something bigger!