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    Thursday, February 02, 2023

    Cabaret performances this weekend at O’Neill Center

    It seems there’s never enough time to get to all the shows you want to during each jam-packed summer at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford.

    So what a good idea it is to create a Winter Cabaret Series featuring holiday-themed shows by some of the top-notch artists who have been here for past Cabaret & Performance Conferences.

    This brand-new winter series runs from tonight through Sunday, and it’s programmed by John McDaniel, who is the conference’s artistic director. McDaniel has had an illustrious Grammy- and Emmy-winning career, and he might be most widely known for being the lead composer and producer on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.”

    The schedule is ...

    Today: Brad Simmons, a cabaret performer who is program director of the Cabaret & Performance Conference Junior Fellows, will perform alongside some of the program’s alums.

    Friday: Klea Blackhurst played Dolly in “Hello, Dolly!” at Goodspeed in 2013 and has performed at the Palladium and Royal Albert Hall in London. She joins McDaniel for this show.

    Saturday: Vocalist Natalie Douglas will be accompanied by Jon Weber.

    Sunday: Liz Callaway has starred on Broadway in everything from “Merrily We Roll Along” to “Cats.” She has been nominated for a Tony and has won an Emmy, and she has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl.

    Winter Cabaret Series, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sun., Rufus and Margo Rose Barn Theater, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, 305 Great Neck Road, Waterford; $30-$40 general admission, and table seating available at a higher price; theoneill.org/wintercab22.

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