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The Sinatra Songbook To Close Out 2015 Cabaret Festival

Back by popular demand, The Sinatra Songbook, featuring singer John Lariviere, will close out the 2015 Cabaret Festival in Venice, FL.  Both previous performances on July 12th and 19th sold out almost immediately, so a final engagement has been added to the calendar to round out this years’ festival!

Cabaret Scene Magazine has called John Lariviere “a voice of the gods”.  Cabaret and jazz singer John Lariviere regularly headlines throughout South Florida performing his cabaret and concert work at local theatres and clubs. He has sung live on the radio and on TV, and his voice can be heard in leading roles in the original cast albums Fun and Games and Die Ammsterdamerung. John has previously appeared at The Plaza Theater in his sold-out one-man show The Sinatra Songbook.

The Venice Theatre  is presenting the acclaimed 2015 Cabaret Festival from July 9th – August 30th in beautiful Venice, Florida.  Now in its third year “This festival goes back to the basics with a variety of music and comedy in a nightclub setting,” festival director Allan Kollar said. “We found that our audiences loved the format and the performers did, too”.  Kollar has designed a festival that brings together simply the best of the best cabaret acts all in one place for some glorious summertime entertainment. Each show will be presented twice, with most performances being Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM, and Sundays at 2:00PM.  Tickets are only $15 per show.   The Venice Theatre is located at 140 Tampa Ave., Venice, FL 34285.  For more information call 941-488-1115941-488-1115 or go on line to


Remaining 2015 Cabaret Festival Artists:

Theatre Odyssey presents The Best of the Ten-Minute Play Festival
Tuesdays, July 28 and August 11 at 8 p.m. and Wednesdays, July 29 and August 12 at 8 p.m.
Founded in Sarasota in 2006, Theatre Odyssey provides a nurturing environment to encourage, inspire, and challenge local playwrights and actors. Venice Theatre welcomes them as they bring a selection of ten-minute plays and music to the Summer Cabaret Festival! Marty Fugate of The Observer Group has called their offerings, “warm,” “funny,” “charming,” “poignant,” and “hilarious.”

Kim Kollar, Michelle Kasanofsky, and Bobbi Eschenbach present Movie Magic
Thursday, August 13 and Friday, August 14 at 8 p.m.
Kim, Michelle, and Bobbi are back with “reeling” excitement in their brand-new cabaret Movie Magic! All aboard for show-stopping sensations from the beginning of movie musicals to modern movies.

Eli Schildkraut presents Trending
Saturday, August 15 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 16 at 2 p.m.
Equipped with the music of famous composers, insightful commentary, and even original songs, student music director Eli Schildkraut and his talented friends return to Venice Theatre to present an entertaining and occasionally hilarious peek at the past, present, and future trends of musical theatre.

Kaitlyn Terpstra presents The Good Life
Thursday, August 20 and Friday, August 28 at 8 p.m.
Kaitlyn grew up performing at Venice Theatre and developed her passion for the stage here. After wowing audiences last summer with “Smoke and Mirrors,” she’s back with another cabaret. She invites you to celebrate the good in life with uplifting songs ranging from Broadway to jazz.

Random Acts presents Censory Overload (The Musical)
Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 29: 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. both nights!
A new installment from the rebels of raunch! Random Acts brings another evening of edgy songs and comedy to Pinky’s Cabaret. How edgy? Come at 8 p.m. for the PG13 version or at 11 p.m. for the  full-out uncensored version. A warning from the director: This show contains naughty words, naughty songs, and lots of naughty thoughts–especially the 11:00 show. If you are offended by anything at all, do not attend. You’ll just get huffy!

Kristofer Geddie and DaNiesha Carr present Laugh ‘Til You Cry
Saturday, August 22 and Thursday, August 27 at 8 p.m.
DaNiesha and Kris take you on a journey through the highs and lows of performing in this business called theatre: the good ‘n’ funny, the bad ‘n’ sad, and the hilariously ugly. Sometimes in theatre you have to laugh in order not to cry!

Stephen Ditchfield presents Some Enchanted Evening
Sundays, August 23 and August 30 at 2 p.m
The best-loved music from the best-loved singers of our time. From Sinatra to  Nat King Cole, from Tony Bennett to Michael Buble, from the Broadway stage to the silver screen … it’s the music you love … the way you remember it! Join  Stephen Ditchfield for an “enchanted evening” of music presented in his own  inimitable style – with warmth, humor, and inspiration!

John Lariviere presents The Sinatra Songbook
Sundays, July 12 and July 19 at 2 p.m. ADDED PERFORMANCE: Sunday, August 30 at 8:00 pm