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The Cabaret Project Of St. Louis Presents 2013 Festival


The second annual St. Louis Cabaret Festival begins Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Marilyn Maye, Billy Stritch, Jason Graae and John Bucchino are the festival headliners.

Marilyn Maye is a legendary cabaret singer who has performed on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson a record 76 times. She joined Billy Stritch, a singer, songwriter and pianist who often performs with Liza Minnelli and the Cabaret Project's Executive Director, Tim Schall, to talk about the upcoming festival with Cityscape host Steve Potter.

Maye and Stritch told the story of how they met and began performing together in Houston when Stritch was eighteen. Stritch said he started going back to the club where Maye was performing night after night, drawn by her ability to keep the audience rapt to attention.

"Not only was she a great singer, but also a great entertainer." said Stritch.

Stritch invited Maye to see him perform at a Houston restaurant and when she came, invited her to sing with him.

"And we've been singing together ever since," said Maye.

Maye and Stritch have both performed in St. Louis before, but this is the first time they will be part of the Cabaret Festival.

Also performing in the festival will be singer and comedian Jason Graae and songwriter John Bucchino. Schall called Graae "one of the funniest people on the planet" and Bucchino "a brilliant new voice."

John Bucchino wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical A Catered Affair and the songs for the Dreamworks film Joseph King of Dreams.

"It's really exciting to have the new songwriters as part of the cabaret festival," said Schall of Bucchino. "Because as much as we love to celebrate the great American songbook, we also love to promote the new great American songbook. And I believe John is a part of that."

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St. Louis Cabaret Festival Presents "Billy Stritch Sings Mel Torme"

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

The Bistro at Grand Center, 3536 Washington Blvd.

St. Louis Cabaret Festival Presents Marilyn Maye and Jason Graae

Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd.

St. Louis Cabaret Festival Presents John Bucchino

Friday, August 2, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

The Bistro at Grand Center

St. Louis Cabaret Conference Showcase

Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

The Bistro at Grand Center

For ticket information, call (314) 531-1111 or go to the MetroTix website.

Cityscape is produced by Mary Edwards and Alex Heuer and sponsored in part by the Missouri Arts Council, the Regional Arts Commission, and the Arts and Education Council.