Broadway Cabaret Series
Our Annual Cabaret Gala will be an elegant evening celebrating and supporting Charleston Playhouse!
Come join us on our red carpet and be welcomed by the Paparazzi!
This Black Tie event will include a VIP cocktail hour and meet and greet with the performers, dinner, dancing, live music, a live auction, and a Cabaret performance featuring Broadway Actors, Equity members, and local professional talent.
1-Hour Cocktail Reception with Open Bar & Passed Hors d’oeuvres
Designer Dinner Stations
Open Bar Throughout Evening
2-Hour Cocktail Reception with Open Bar & Passed Hors d’oeuvres
Meet + Greet with Broadway Actors, Equity Members, and Local Professional talent
Designer 3-Course Served Dinner w/ Wine Service
Open Bar Throughout Evening
Charleston Playhouse’s Broadway Cabaret Series will feature Broadway performers, Equity members from across the country, and local professionals, on the beautiful Chapel Theatre stage in downtown Charleston. Following the time-honored structure of Cabaret performances, each evening will be a themed original work curated by the artist, featuring music and storytelling in an immersive and intimate experience. The evening’s performances will be followed by a musical theatre performance Masterclass, open to the public, where select students will get the opportunity to perform for and receive feedback from the artist, as well as partake in a Q&A session. Sponsored by the CofC Department of Theatre and Dance, Charleston Playhouse’s Broadway Cabaret Series will not only be a source of professional entertainment for our community, but will also provide invaluable education and access for our local students, the next generation of theatre professionals.
*Masterclasses are open to the public at no charge on a first come first served basis.
December 11, 2021
With extensive credits on Broadway and in film and television, J. Elaine Marcos is known for her brilliant comedic timing and scene-stealing roles. She was in RENT: LIVE (Alexi Darling; FOX) and revisited the iconic show A CHORUS LINE (Valerie; New York City Center) On Broadway, J. Elaine made her debut in MISS SAIGON, then continued to work in the revivals of FLOWER DRUM SONG, WONDERFUL TOWN, SWEET CHARITY, A CHORUS LINE (Connie), ANNIE (Lily St. Regis), THE WEDDING SINGER (Imelda Marcos), and the unforgettable PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT (Cynthia) which she earned an Astaire Award nomination for Excellence in Dance. Her return to Broadway in GETTIN’THE BAND BACK TOGETHER earned her Broadway’s iconic Legacy Robe. J. Elaine’s film appearances include MORNING GLORY, ST. VINCENT, BEFORE I DISAPPEAR, and the critically acclaimed documentary EVERY LITTLE STEP.
Some TV credits include 2 Broke Girls, Grace and Frankie, 30 Rock, Law & Order: SVU. She played to sold out crowds with her autobiographical one-woman show WHAT I DID FOR A ...JOB (Broadway Supper Club 54 Below, Rockwell Table & Stage)
J. Elaine also writes and produces her own comedy blog, Motivational Mondays with “V” on Instagram. As a keynote speaker, she speaks at colleges around the world about Diversity in Casting. AMDA Alumna.
Anna Baker is thrilled to be a part of the Charleston Playhouse community. Anna grew up in Vermont studying and performing opera, then transitioning to Musical theatre earning her BFA at Emerson College, 2012. As a Leading Lady, Anna’s work has been seen off-Broadway, National Tours, Regional Theatres, Cabarets - and even in the middle of the ocean! Anna's past credits include; Azamara Voyages: Production Singer; National Tour: SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (Annette); Prather Entertainment: FUNNY GIRL (Fanny Brice); Cumberland County Playhouse: ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (Annie Oakley); NYMF: BETWEEN THE SEA AND SKY (Ensemble).
Melissa Shevae Mitchell was born and raised in San Diego, and spent every other summer visiting her extended Family in Charleston. She has worked in theatre professionally across the US, as well as working extensively in theatre education. Before the pandemic she spent 3 months in Shanghai teaching musical theatre to kids. Once Covid hit, she decided to leave NY, where she had resided for 5 years, and come to Charleston to be closer to her Family. Select regional credits include Sunset Boulevard (Mary), starring Tony-Award-Winner Alice Ripley, and A Christmas Carol (Ens. u/s Dilbur) at North Shore Music Theatre, Titanic (Katherine McGowan), Miracle on 34th Street (Doris Walker), Mary Poppins (Miss Lark, u/s Mrs. Banks, u/s Miss Correy, u/s Miss Andrews*perf), Bridges of Madison County (u/s Francesca *perf), Legally Blonde (u/s Elle *perf) at ABT, and Sister Act (Ens) at The Palace Theatre. She is beyond grateful to have a theatre like Charleston Playhouse coming onto the scene, and she can't wait to see what kind of magic they will create! BA in Musical Theatre from LU.
Baron grew up in St. Louis, Mo. where at The Muny he was really bitten by the theater bug. He has performed in many productions such as Evita, Miss Saigon, and the world premiere of White Christmas: The Musical. He moved to Chicago for college and continued to build his musical theatre career. He's worked with various local companies as well as being a teaching artist for the Joffrey Ballet Company in Chicago. Some other productions include the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Who’s: Tommy with White Horse Theater, and was also a backup singer for the Judds. After moving to Charleston 4 years ago, he began to work with the theatre community, including Footlight Players and WHAT IF? in productions of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Hair, and the 80’s Cabaret. Baron is also a proud husband and father. He's so excited to be working with Charleston Playhouse.
Brad Bass was born and raised on a tobacco farm in Ringgold, VA. After high school, he moved to New York City to train at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. After working regionally for a few years, he joined the Chicago production of Wicked and within a year took over the role of Fiyero. His Broadway credits include Wicked, the original cast of Memphis and Jersey Boys. Brad has performed on such television programs as Good Morning America, The CBS Morning Show, The View, and The Tony Awards. He was also in the feature film of Memphis and is a singer on the original cast albums of Memphis and Andrew Lippa’s A Little Princess. After performing for 14 years, Brad realized that teaching and writing were his new creative passions. Currently, Brad is developing three musicals with his writing partner Cari Joy - The Collins Boy, A Million Pieces, and The Infinity Symbol. The Collins Boy was a semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill Center’s National Music Theatre Conference and it was also chosen as a finalist for the Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival. Recently, Bass and Joy were commissioned to write the music and lyrics for a new film adaptation of the Hansel and Gretel story entitled Gretel + Hansel. This past year they won an Award of Excellence for Individual Achievement in Music and Best Musical at the Southern Shorts Awards as well as a Global Music Award for their work on the film.
Brad received his master’s degree in Creative Writing with a focus in Libretto from Goddard College. He lives in Alpharetta, GA with his husband Tony and his eighteen-year-old son Justin.
Cherie Kaufman is a Charleston local of 3.5 years and is grateful to witness theatre thriving in Charleston. Cherie received her BFA in Music Dance Theatre from Brigham Young University and then continued on to NYC to pursue musical theatre professionally. Regional credits include: Sandy in Grease, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Isabel in Scrooge: The Musical, Ensemble in Bye Bye Birdie (Riverside Center for the Performing Arts), and Ensemble in Memphis (Cape Fear Regional Theatre). Charleston credits include: Brooke/Viki in Noises Off, Charlotte Dennon/Ensemble in Elf The Musical (Charleston Stage Company), Woman C in Three Tall Woman, Daisy in Biloxi Blues (South of Broadway Theatre Co.), and Amelia Sedley in Vanity Fair (Woolfe Street Playhouse). Cherie was also a part of the New York staged reading of the broadway-bound new musical, The Collin’s Boy starring Lisa Howard as well as Frank Wildhorn’s U.S. Premiere of The Count of Monte Cristo. A big thank you to Danielle and the whole team at Charleston Playhouse for bringing more art to this wonderful community!
Ernest Williams is a native of Savannah, Georgia, where he started performing at a young age in community theatre throughout Savannah and Hilton Head, South Carolina, as well as his 1st professional job at Six Flags Over Georgia in Atlanta. After studying music at Armstrong University, he moved to New York City to continue to pursue his dreams as a professional actor. Ernest has performed on stage in National Tours, the West End, and Cruise Ships. Some of his theatrical credits include Show Boat, Music of the Night, Porgy and Bess, and King Lear. His television credits include Boardwalk Empire(HBO), Revenge(ABC), Shades of Blue(NBC), For Life(ABC), Murphy Brown(CBS), and Raising Kanan(Starz). He is a proud graduate of Williams Esper Studios.
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