Deborah Darr

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  • August 31, 2018
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Deborah Darr’s New Cabaret Show

Two Nights Only:
Sunday, August 26th 7:00 PM
Friday, August 31st 8:00 PM

Every five years, Deborah has created a cabaret event to contemplate the passage of time. CAUSE I WANNA is her musical reflection on making the choice to just bloody do what you wanna…when you wanna…cause you wanna.

The song selections come from an array of composers Amanda McBroom, Craig Carnelia, John Prine, Jerry Herman, and, of course, Sondheim. Come enjoy an evening of fun and moving songs that will set you thinking about what you want out of your time on this planet!
Musical Director: Becky Menzie
Director: Carla Gordon
Vocal Coach: David Edelfelt

Tickets: $20.00 + 2 drink minimum
Ages 21+

We are expecting a full house so please reserve your tickets now.

What others have said about Deborah’s past performances:

“A deeply moving, engaging, riveting story of passion, courage, discipline, self-perspective, woven together in such artistry, grace, humor and humility – thank you my dear for an inspiring reminder of what it means to be a creative, persevering spirit re-affirming the love of life that is essential to us all.” Ann Wakefield– acting teacher and actress

“I felt so privileged to be there…for your magnificent presentation! I laughed, I cried, it was absolutely perfect! How brave and how beautiful!” Joan Levin

Review by Carla Gordon,
Cabaret Scene

Deborah Darr’s very personal Auditioning for Life: Broadway and Me! shares her hit and miss journey to become a successful Broadway singer/dancer. She ended up rubbing elbows with Leonard Bernstein and Hal Prince who cast her as Paquette in Candide in 1974. Beverly Sills cast her in the 1982 New York City Opera production. In 1989, right before she was to star in a new musical, Darr was in a near-fatal motorcycle accident and did not know whether she would walk or dance again. Although she started a new career as a physical therapist, happily her show business career had not ended. In 1994, Harold Prince sought Darr to reprise Paquette at Chicago’s Lyric Opera.

Darr is a big performer. She sings big, moves big and offers a big smile. We certainly sense this Broadway Baby’s determination in her fiery delivery of “Some People“(Gypsy). Fit and slim with the professional dancer’s obvious grace, Darr is simultaneously sensual and classy as she perches atop the piano recalling her days as a piano bar chanteuse. She sings “Always True to You in My Fashion” à la Betty Boop, nicely intertwined with stories about listeners ranging from over-friendly conventioneers to important show business movers and shakers. It’s fascinating and fun.

While Darr can belt with the best of ‘em, it is when she sings from a quiet, true place, that she engages us best. We appreciate this most in her lovely rendition of “A Foggy Day (in London Town)” and James Taylor’s “The Secret o’ Life,” which closes the show in rich reflection.



Venue Phone: 773-278-1830

Venue Website:

1383 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois, 60622, United States

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