Broadway Cabaret Benefit at Club Isabella

Joseph Verbovszky, Theatre and Dance Reporter

Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome! Case Theater Society (CTS) is holding a free Broadway Cabaret Benefit to raise money for United Way, starting at 8:30 p.m. on Mar. 30 at Club Isabella in Little Italy. Directed by Thayer Juergens, the benefit will honor musical director Brad Wyner, who worked with members of the group on this past fall’s Eldred Theater production of Rocky Horror Show. Rocky was the largest grossing show in Eldred history, selling out four times.

No one could have expected the magnitude of the success, including the actors, who had never sung before. “I had no idea I could sing, I thought I had been miscast,” said Juergens, who played the lead role of Dr. Fran-N-Furter. It was Wyner who helped the cast find their voice. Not only was the production a real “blockbuster,” but the cast has continued singing. “We really discovered a part of ourselves that we didn’t know existed.” In appreciation for helping them along with this self-discovery, some members of the cast have decided to honor Wyner with the Benefit at Club Isabella.

Many members of the Rocky cast will return to grace us with their musical talents including: Thayer Juergens, Kelly McCready, Hannah Cooney, John Dulin, and many others, including some singers whom we’ve never heard on the Eldred stage.

The theme of the evening will be “cheeseball.” Unlike the obscure numbers often heard at cabaret establishments, CTS will be singing some of the best (and cheesiest) numbers from Broadway’s most famous musicals. They will sing pieces from The Book of Mormon, Les Miserables, The Lion King, Spamalot, as well as some reprisals from Rocky.

Even the orchestra and the establishment are beautiful! Club Isabella in little Italy will host the event. At this classy French restaurant and cocktail bar, anyone who comes to hear the music can also enjoy dinner or drinks. The dimmed lighting and cool, modern décor sets the perfect atmosphere for the cabaret. Jesse Ofsowitz will accompany the singers on the club’s gorgeous grand piano.