Lyricist, singer and songwriter Johnny Mercer will receive a tribute in song next week at the Cabaret & Performance Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Centerin Waterford.
“AC-CENT-TCHU-ATE THE POSITIVE”, A Johnny Mercer Celebration," created with the support of the Johnny Mercer Foundation, will be presented Friday, Aug. 3 and will feature performances from all the conference artists.
The 10-day conference, under the artistic direction of Michael Bush, runs Aug. 1 to 11.
Performing during the conference are: Marilyn Maye, whose performance venues have ranged from the renowned Rose Hall at The Lincoln Center to more than 70 appearances on the Johnny Carson Show; Loni Ackerman, one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's great leading ladies, having starred on Broadway in the original productions of Evita, CATS, and Sunset Boulevard; and Christine Andreas, fresh off her year-long tour starring as Jacqueline in the Tony & Olivier Award-winning Production of La Cage aux Follesstarring Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge.
Other special guests include Penny Fuller, a Tony-nominated actress, who also returns for her eighth season as artistic associate; Jeremiah James, recently cast as El Gallo in the Off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks; playwright, lyricist, and actress Gretchen Cryer in a sequel to 2011’s Off Broadway hit I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road; Amanda McBroom, performer and lyricist whose international appearances include Carnegie Hall, FORD Amphitheatre in L.A, The Kennedy Center, Angel Recital Hall in Sydney, and Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall in Taiwan; and Steve Blanchard, who starred as the Beast in Beauty and the Beast for a 10-year run on Broadway; and stage and screen actress and Tony Award nominee together with Veanne Cox, whose stage credits include Company, Smile, and Caroline, or Change, in 40 Naked Women, A Monkey, and Me - In concert.
Wednesday, Aug. 1, 8 pm – Cabaret Opening Night Ceremonies. A sneak previews of special guest artists. Admission is free.
Thursday, Aug. 2, 8 p.m. – Marilyn Maye. $35; $30 (members)
Friday, Aug. 3, 8 p.m. – “AC-CENT-TCHU-ATE THE POSITIVE” - A Johnny Mercer Celebration
featuring Fuller, Maye, McBroom, and others. $40; $35 (members)
Saturday, Aug. 4, 8 p.m. – Still Getting My Act Together - In concert, written by Gretchen Cryer & Nancy Ford with Cryer and Sheri Sanders. $40; $35 (members)
Sunday, Aug. 5 6 p.m .– 2012 O’Neill Follies featuring new cabaret sets from Leanne Borghesi, Jeremiah James, Susan Winter, and Fuller. $35; $30 (members)
Tuesday, Aug. 7, 8 p.m. – Loni Ackerman in Next to Ab-normal. Ackerman recalls stories of her unusual New York upbringing and revisits songs she sang in New York hits like “Starting Here, Starting Now.”
$35; $30 (members)
Wednesday, Aug. 8, 8:00 pm – Christine Andreas - In Concert, with the O’Neill’s 2012 cabaret fellows. $40; $35 (members)
Thursday, Aug. 9, 8 p.m. – 2012 Cabaret Fellows. $35; $30 (members)
Friday, Aug. 10, 8 p.m .– 40 Naked Women, A Monkey, and Me - In Concert
Written by Jonathan Brielle starring Veanne Cox and featuring an eight-piece orchestra.
$35; $30 (members)
Saturday, Aug. 11 , 8 p.m.- CABARET GRAND FINALE
featuring cabaret conference fellows and guest artists. Post-show reception to follow.
$45; $40 (members)
All performances take place in the Dina Merrill Theater