The Stephen Sondheim Society is to host a monthly cabaret series at The Phoenix Artist Club in London’s West End, starting next Monday 11 April.
The series, The Stephen Sondheim Society Presents… will be hosted by actor, singer, director and presenter Tim McArthur and will feature a mix of Sondheim numbers, new musical theatre writing and classics from the show tunes songbook. Joining McArthur will be a different line-up for each night, with the first cabaret featuring the talents of Valerie Cutko, Martin Milnes and Corrine Priest.
“The original idea behind the cabaret was primarily to showcase the finalists and winners of The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year competition (aka SSSSPOTY), as well as inviting established Sondheim proponents and West End talents to perform,” said society chairman Craig Glenday.
“But we’ve also got a remit – handed down from Steve Sondheim himself – to encourage new and emerging talent. So we’ve asked Tim to programme 25% of the cabarets with work from up-and-coming new show writers. Otherwise, you can expect at least half the evening to be Sondheim, with some musical theatre classics added in.”
Having previous produced a cabaret series at the Leicester Square Theatre Lounge, the Sondheim Society have moved across Soho to The Phoenix – the members’/artists’ bar located beneath the Phoenix Theatre on Charing Cross Road.
“The refurbished Phoenix is a beautiful, intimate venue and absolutely perfect for cabaret,” said Glenday. “It’s a relaxed and very welcoming atmosphere, and a regular haunt of the great and the good in the West End.”
Aaron Clingham will be MD’ing the series, although for the first outing, David Harvey will be at the piano. He and McArthur will be joined by SSSSPOTY 2014 winner Corrine Priest, along with Martin Milnes – one half of cabaret regulars Milnes and Ferris – and Valerie Cutko, seen recently in the acclaimed Grand Hotel at the Southwark Playhouse.
Tickets cost £15, and the two-hour show starts at 7.30pm. Shows are scheduled for one Monday per month, starting on the 11 April, with further dates confirmed for 9 May, 13 June and 11 July.
Tickets can be booked HERE.