Winner of the 2008 BackStage Bistro Award for
"Outstanding Special Event"
2006, I came up with an idea for a festival devoted entirely to the
European cabaret songbook — the original cabaret songbook. Three months
later and with donations from private donors and businesses, a motley
crew of singers, instrumentalists and actors mounted New York’s first
festival for the European cabaret arts.
Kabarett Fête played to
sold-out houses at Helen’s in the heart of Chelsea. 25
performers in all gave stirring programs in the music of France,
Germany, Belgium, Holland, Poland and Sweden.
presented the music of Kurt Weill,
Marlene Dietrich, Jacques Brel, Edith Piaf, Yves Montand and Charles
Aznavour. We had songs of sex and scandal, war and exile. Two acts were
written for Kabarett Fête: Olivia Stevens paid
tribute to the controversial
siren of the Third Reich, Zarah Leander, and Rebecca Fletcher evoked
the Yiddish cabaret of Warsaw from stage to ghetto. I secured the
rights to screen Totentanz
(Dance of Death) by Berlin filmmaker
Volker Kuehn in New York for the first time, a film combining rare
footage of cabaret in the concentration camps with interviews of
Kabarett Fête was an
financial success in its inaugural year — we’ll be in touch about the