With over 40 jazz, pop, Broadway, and comedy performances, the Orlando Cabaret Festival celebrates its 11th year in the city. Cabaret is entertainment featuring music, comedy, song, dance, recitation or drama distinguished by the performance venue in a restaurant, pub or nightclub. Many of Central Florida’s favorites, as well as New York’s stars are featured in this celebration of all things cabaret.
Performances take place from April 25 to May 12, 2013 at the Orlando’s Mad Cow Theater. The theater is an intimate complex with two stages in Downtown Orlando. Tickets to the festival are available for sale on February 26th and information about the featured artists can be found on the festival website. Affordable ticket packages are also available for guests who would like to experience two, three, or even more cabaret shows.
During the festival, 7:00pm and 8:15pm shows are scheduled every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Sundays, shows are scheduled at 2:00pm, 3:15pm, and 5:00pm. A relatively new and increasing popular festival option features the “Lunchtime Cabaret” shows. Downtown workers and visitors seeking daytime entertainment can see shows every weekday at 12:00pm. The theater encourages patrons to bring their lunch of purchase one of their boxed lunches while checking out these 45-minute shows.
A parking garage is available for public use and discounted by the Mad Cow Theater on Central Boulevard between Orange Avenue and the train tracks. Several convenient hotel options are in walking distance of the theater as well including the Grand Bohemian, Embassy Suites, and Eo Inn. By utilizing a car rental from the Orlando Airport, visitors can easily find their way to the festival and experience the culture that Orlando has to offer.
This year’s talented artists include sophisticated composer, Tony DeSare, Tony Award Nominee, Emily Skinner, and knockout comedy team, Mel and El. Broadway star, Shoshana Bean, graceful lyricist, Lee Lessack, and the multi-talented Michael Walters will be delivering stellar performances at the festival as well. Each seat in the Mad Cow is close to the stage, giving the audience a spectacular experience from the first through the last day of the festival!