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The Cabaret chooses The Columbia Club as its permanent home
Holiday show set for Dec. 10-12 at new venue
Nov. 25, 2009 (Indianapolis) - New York City boasts the Oak Room in the Algonquin, Feinstein's at Loews Regency and Café Carlyle. Indianapolis can now claim The Cabaret at the Columbia Club.
After spending the past seven months perfecting its new business strategy at The Connoisseur Room, the American Cabaret Theatre, now known as The Cabaret, will be moving to its new permanent home at the prestigious Columbia Club on Monument Circle in the heart of Downtown Indianapolis.
"We couldn't be more thrilled at how it has all worked out," says Shannon Forsell, managing director of The Cabaret. "This partnership with The Columbia Club will really take us to the next level. The most successful cabarets are housed in a club or hotel because the partnerships are such a win-win relationship."
The Cabaret will now be able to offer its patrons dinner packages, overnight stay packages and expanded food and bar service through the Columbia Club. Guests will enjoy performances accompanied by superb cuisine and an extensive selection of cocktails, wine and beer, all served with the Club's exceptional service in a gorgeous atmosphere of rich tradition and history. After the show, the bar will stay open so that patrons can extend their evening enjoying cocktails and conversation.
Cabaret guests will not have to be members of the Columbia Club to come to The Cabaret; however, special incentives will be available to guests who want to become members.
The move to The Columbia Club will take place on Dec. 1, just in time for The Cabaret to present its holiday show, "A SONG FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Four Enchanting Broadway Voices, One Enchanted Holiday Evening." The show, which features memorable Broadway favorites and holiday standards performed by four of Broadway and cabaret's leading performers, will run for five performances from Dec. 10-Dec. 12. For more information and to order tickets, visit www.thecabaret.org.
"While it is bittersweet to leave The Connoisseur Room, we always knew that it would never be a long-term home for us, as the building is slated to go up for sale in the very near future," Forsell says. "We will always be grateful to The Connoisseur Room for allowing us to present performances in its beautiful space, while we worked to secure a permanent home."
The Cabaret's new home, The Columbia Club, is the premiere private club in Indianapolis. Established in 1889, the nonprofit Columbia Club has a rich history and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Columbia Club has a cabaret connection as well: Hoagy Carmichael, Indiana composer and one of the country's most beloved Great American Songbook composers, played regularly at the Columbia Club. His grand piano is still played and displayed at the club.
"This will be a real win-win partnership for two nonprofit organizations," says Jim Rentschler, general manager of The Columbia Club. "We want The Columbia Club not just to be a premiere club, but to be a major cultural destination as well."
Rentschler continues, "All Cabaret patrons and guests will be treated as members while they are at The Columbia Club. The Cabaret will primarily present its performances in the French Room on the Club's third floor. This intimate space with an interior of dark wood, rich reds, plush seating and a large bar will be very conducive to enjoying performances in a club-like atmosphere." The Cabaret will also have access to the Crystal Terrace and the Grand Ballroom for larger shows, and will have office space on site in the club.
ABOUT THE CABARET
The Cabaret is a professional, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The mission of the Cabaret is to elevate the cabaret art form; attract, develop and retain high-quality local performance talent; and provide a unique and important contribution to the city's artistic and cultural life.
ABOUT THE COLUMBIA CLUB
The Columbia Club is the premiere private city club in Indianapolis, located in the heart of downtown on Monument Circle. Established in 1889, the nonprofit Columbia Club provides opportunities for business networking and social connections among its diverse membership. The beautiful Clubhouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, features fine and casual dining, catering and meeting facilities, 96 guest rooms and a complete fitness center.
The Columbia Club Foundation is dedicated to the acquisition, preservation and exhibition of items of literary and artistic significance as well as the restoration, preservation and protection of the historic Clubhouse.