Venice Theatre has enjoyed more success than organizers initially expected for its first Summer Cabaret Festival. Many of the shows have been sold out and a few have added extra performances. This is the final weekend for the inaugural event, with five shows planned, including one recently added attraction.
At 8 p.m. today it’s the second sold-out performance of “Mercer Magic,” featuring Kim Kollar, Bobbi Eschenbach and Michelle Kasanofsky. Melissa Cripps returns at 8 p.m. Friday with her sold-out “An Evening of Class(ics).”
Kristofer Geddie, the theater’s director of diversity, presents his salute to Bert Williams, Sammy Davis Jr. and Ben Vereen at 8 p.m. Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Diana Vytell returns with “Live, Laugh, Love.” Tickets are available to both shows. Tickets are $15 for each show.
The festival closes with a newly added performance of Ann Morrison presenting “Now You Know: An Evening with Steve, Lenny & Annie,” a preview of her Labor Day show at the New York nightclub 54 Below. It’s a tribute to the songs of Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein which she’s using to tell the story of her own life. Tickets for Morrison’s 8 p.m. Sunday performance were sold out. For more information; 488-1115; venicestage.com
Morrison also will present the show at 8 p.m. Aug. 30 and Sept. 6 at the Manatee Players. The Sept. 6 show was added after the first was sold out. Tickets are $15. 748-5875; manateeplayers.com.