By Kelly Kendall
The Cabaret announced today that it's leaving its gorgeous jewel box of a location at the Columbia Club in spring 2017. Shannon Forsell, its artistic director and CEO, said the group has outgrown its current space and is exploring new venue options for the 2017 season.
That's sad news for those of us who love the intimacy of its current locale, where there are really no bad seats in the house. But on the upside, it could make tickets easier to get—Cabaret shows tend to sell out fast.
Over the last four years, The Cabaret increased its seating capacity by 20 percent to meet demand. But even so, in both 2015 and 2016, it was at 96 percent audience capacity, with most shows selling out well in advance, according to a press release.
As The Cabaret searches for a new venue, we recap its top five fastest-selling shows ever.
5. Sutton Foster: The Cabaret launched its 2015 season with this two-time Tony winner (and six-time nominee), whom you might have spotted as Broadway’s Thoroughly Modern Millie or on TV’s Bunheads or Younger.
4. Jane Lynch: Bringing her own style to tunes as diverse as “Smile A Little Smile For Me,” “Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast,” and even “Mairzy Doats,” the actress and comedian brought along special guest Kate Flannery (Meredith from The Office) and a five-piece band in June.
3. Ramin Karimloo: The Iranian-born Canadian singer, nominated for Tony Awards for his roles in Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera, took the stage in March.
2. Alan Cumming: Sigh. Who doesn’t love Alan Cumming? The stage and screen actor, best know for his roles as the emcee in Cabaret on Broadway and as Eli Gold on TV’s The Good Wife, did two nights of “sappy songs” that were a mega-draw for The Cabaret.
1. Megan Hilty: The Smash success from TV and Broadway is this year’s much-anticipated holiday performance; her November shows sold out six months in advance.
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