A distinctive fusion of unscripted entertainment is coming to the Creative Cauldron in Falls Church. Combining karaoke and cabaret, Helen Hayes Award recipient Chris Sizemore is bringing forth "Cabaroke." It promises to be a different spin on two musical favorites; the high-octane, sing-along of karaoke and the patter and charm of comfortable cabaret. Added to this mix, the audience will be an integral force in driving the evening forward.
The "Cabaroke" show is part of this summer's "FourthWALL Cabaret Series" at the Cauldron. "The series, which was first envisioned by Creative Cauldron Artistic Associate Matt Conner, gives professional performers an opportunity to craft their own individual cabaret evening." said Laura Hull, Creative Cauldron producing director and founder.
"Chris Sizemore and his wonderful 'bring down the house' voice, is reason enough to go to see anything that he is in," said Hull. "The fact that he is melding the world of karaoke and cabaret is just a hoot. I know that I already have my requests in mind when the audience gets to pick his numbers for him. This evening will be great fun."
In a recent interview, the easy-going Sizemore described his "Cabaroke" as a evening of uninhibited songs, chock-full of music and well-sprinkled with lively story-telling. "It is all about bringing joy and pleasure to the audience." With his karaoke machine filled with songs, the audience will help to pick and choose the evening's path of entertainment.
Sizemore is known in the D.C. area for his singing and acting. He is a Helen Hayes Award Recipient for "Outstanding Ensemble" work and a nominee for "Outstanding Supporting Actor, Resident Musical" for his role in Signature Theatre's "Les MisÚrables." He has also been seen in musicals such as "Sweeney Todd" and "Chess" both at Signature Theatre. He has been featured in "1776" at Ford's Theatre and "Candide" at Shakespeare Theatre Company. Just a few weeks ago, he took a lead role in Arlington's Encore Stage production of "The Pirates of Penzance" by Gilbert and Sullivan.
"I always liked singing karaoke, but I started hosting about a year and a half ago," said Sizemore. He can be found at Madam's Organ in D.C. on some evenings with a karaoke show. When the Creative Cauldron asked about performing for its summer series, he swiftly took the opportunity to "give it a shot."
Sizemore promised that "Cabaroke" will embrace "a wide-range of songs and genre from show tunes to contemporary pop pieces; songs from across the years." But no spoilers regarding exact song titles.
"It will be a laid back evening with songs from Broadway, rock, folk, r&b and country. Explaining a little about me and my song choices... I do have some favorites, which I don't really want to divulge, but I know the crowd will enjoy," said Sizemore. "As long as you're having fun that's all that matters."
"Cabaroke" is "sure to please with sing-a-longs, a surprise set list and possibly a surprise guest appearance," said Conner. Taking place in an intimate supper club-like performing space, those there will have a feeling of really connecting with the performer; something that can be rare, noted Conner.