Charles Eversole loves the sound of cocktails clinking in a packed nightclub. The more you drink, the better we sound, laughs the music director of A Cabaret Sampler, which opens at Playhouse Square this weekend. The show features local celebrities and Cleveland Cabaret troupers performing sets of torch ballads and tuneful double entendres, accompanied by a trio lead by pianist Eversole. We sing about what we love to do, says Eversole. The production adheres to the traditional Berlin-style cabaret format, which combines comedy, song, and dance. Instead of getting handed a part, the performers get to express themselves, says Eversole.
Each entertainer takes a turn at the mic for a Whitmans Sampler of musical offerings, says Eversole. Audiences will hear everyone from stage-vet June Lang to Kevin Joseph Kelly, who plays sidekick Jimi Sprinkles on Thats Life With Robin Swoboda. It truly is a mixed bag, says Eversole. Youll be surprised at how creative it can get.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Sept. 29. Continues through Oct. 20, 2007