Thursday, March 21, 2013

Dreams, Fables & Cautionary Tale

And in the better late than never category. This one closer to home. Chanhassen Theaters has been embracing the cabaret genre in the last few months with occasional Monday night offerings. This week was an offering I really wanted to catch but was double booked.

It featured three new original works by talented showman and friend Michael Gruber currently in Bye Bye Birdie there. The mixed works featured the poems of: Tennessee Williams, Edward Lear, Dorothy Parker, W.H. Auden, Emily Dickenson, Lewis Carroll,C.S. Lewis, A.E. Housman, Roald Dahl and more set to music by Gruber. It showcased a cast of Dieter Bierbrauer, Kersten Rodau, Janet Hayes-Trow & Michael Gruber with Mindy Eschedor on keyboards. I have heard his earlier song cycles and they are clever with a unique voice to them - part theater, part art song. I am hoping they have a second run with this very talented group of performers and also that Chan continues to be a new stomping ground for our TC cabaret scene.

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