STORM Premieres at BLU Jazz+


The Cabaret Project unveiled the 19/20 season show, STORM, last night at downtown Akron's BLU Jazz+, their 3rd annual performance at the renowned jazz venue. Selling out both the 7pm and 9:30pm shows, the audience was taken on an emotional roller coaster over the course of 20 musical selections divided into 2 acts. 

The show began with a "storm" of body percussion created by the cast themselves, dispersed throughout the venue as a prelude to the opening a cappella trio of "Storm Comin' by the Wailing Jennys performed by Val Stewart, Kathy Sees, and Merissa Coleman. Brandy Kay Riha’s acoustic performance of “Lonely” by Emeli Sandé and Heidi Swinford’s raw and improvisatory rendition of Sondheim’s “Not a Day Goes By” commanded the undivided attention of the room in two of the show’s more vulnerable moments. An ***EMERGENCY WEATHER ANNOUNCEMENT*** concluded the first act performed by the girls of the cast featuring Brandy Kay Riha, Desirée Hargrave, and Ashley Worthy. No spoiler alerts here, but during the second show this number was performed at just about half-past 10.

Highlights of the 2nd act include a standing ovation in both shows for Pat Harris' rendition of "Feeling Good" by Nina Simone, a moody interpretation of The Neighbourhood's "Sweater Weather" sung by Merissa Coleman, a touching choreographed version of Novo Amor’s “Anchor,”and a closing all-cast cover of "Fire" from Sara Bareilles‘ latest album featuring Brianna Swinford.

Stayed tuned for additional reprisals of this performance in the coming season!



Next Friday, November 15th The Cabaret Project heads to Cleveland making their Nighttown debut with a reprise performance of HUNGERLUST! Big thank you to the folks at this historic music venue for hosting our team. Come out for drinks, dinner, and incredible music.

Tickets are still available at the door and online at!