The Cabaret Showroom at the Liberace Museum with Philip Fortenberry
The Liberace Museum was founded April 15, 1979, by the legendary entertainer Liberace. The Museum features “Mr. Showmanship’s” dazzling jewelry, rare antiques, unsurpassed wardrobe, unique and historical pianos and his custom car collection. It is a MUST SEE!
The non-profit Museum supports the mission of The Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts which has funded scholarships since 1976. The scholarship program has touched the lives of more than 2,700 students.
The Cabaret Showroom inside the Museum property not only serves as a showcase for Liberace’s famous mirrored Baldwin nine-foot grand piano, but also serves as home to several afternoon and evening shows by local entertainers. The venue is also available to aspiring students of the performing arts.
Recently, Broadway veteran and concert pianist Philip Fortenberry whose critically acclaimed one-man offering, Liberace and Me, has been moving and delighting crowds at the Cabaret for the past year, and plays three times each week.
As the theatre community of Las Vegas has begun to grow in the last few years, many performers who find themselves homesick for the nurturing artistic environment of the Cabaret rooms of New York and other cities. Artists have begun to discover that the Cabaret at the Liberace Museum is a jewel of a performance venue just moments from the Strip, but well away from the allure of casinos and tourist traffic that dictate the kind of performances that are possible, even allowed to occur on such commercial properties.
Starting with a monthly Composers Showcase which began three years ago as the brain child of Jersey Boys conductor Keith Thompson and his collaborator, Le Reve conductor Michael Brennan, a late-night after-theater subculture began to emerge. Composers would gather with performers in tow and share their latest or most entertaining new works.
As performers from the various Las Vegas production shows and Broadway imports discovered the charm and intimacy of the venue through the Composers Showcase, they became interested in the Cabaret as a place to mount their own shows and charity benefits. Erich Bergen, one of the stars of Jersey Boys, took the lead and presented himself in three sold-out performances to benefit the Museum this past winter. This sparked even more interest from others who wished to offer performer showcases and similar Cabaret shows.
The Cabaret Showroom at the Liberace Museum provides an intimate, alternative venue for performers who find themselves in Las Vegas, wanting to spread their artistic wings and share their gifts and talents.