Cabaret comes back to Annapolis hall Return: Doug Yetter, a singing piano man, and Sherry Kay, a singer with a wide range, are doing performances twice a week at Chesapeake Music Hall.

October 30, 1997|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Cabaret has returned to Chesapeake Music Hall on Wednesday nights and Saturdays after the dinner show.

Singing piano man and cabaret veteran Doug Yetter has brought back this popular form of entertainment, an Annapolis tradition that dates back at least 30 years to when Dick Gessner rocked Marmaduke's smoke-filled upstairs room. Cabaret flourished later, during Yetter's and Sherry Kay's seven years at Marmaduke's.

A strong case can be made for cabaret at Chesapeake. For starters, Kay has been missed since she left Marmaduke's, and with good reason. She can sing anything. She moves from "If He Walked into my Life" from "Mame" to a German-accented "It Couldn't Please Me More" from "Cabaret" to a touching "Guess Who I Saw Today?" from "New Faces 1952." She has such star quality that she hardly needs a spotlight.

Sue Bell has superb accompanist Yetter's support as she attempts the vocally demanding "The Miller's Son" from "A Little Night Music." John Andrew Rose sings the vocally and emotionally demanding "Gethsemane" from "Jesus Christ Superstar."

Cabaret provides a forum for the music from shows that perhaps could not sustain a two-month run at a local theater but can be presented in an hour concert format. This also might work for unknown composers who deserve to be heard. Cabaret provides a forum for singers to try new material that stretches them in a comfortable atmosphere among supportive colleagues. The repertoire spans decades from World War II vintage tunes to current Broadway shows.

Chesapeake Music Hall is suited to cabaret. The Annapolis theater seats 245, but no seat is far from the stage. Light fare -- sandwiches, cheese plates, nachos -- is served in a smoke-free environment with a publike atmosphere. Friendly and musically knowledgeable people chat and sing.

Lovers of show tunes will find themselves in a Broadway musical discovery zone at Chesapeake.

Yetter has written a show, "Dracula, The Musical," that premiered last week at the Old Opera House Theatre in Charles Town, W.Va. Yetter is also musical director and producer-director of all shows at Chesapeake Music Hall. The Wednesday show runs 8 p.m. to midnight. The Saturday show is from 11: 15 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Information: 410-626-7515 or 800-406-0306.

Pub Date: 10/30/97

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