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Cabaret Returns to Skylight Music Theatre

Leslie Fitzwater Headlines Cabaret Series December 2, 3, 4

Allie Babich Named 2017 Lee Dougherty Ross Award Winner

Performing in One Night Only Cabaret December 18


Milwaukee, Wis. (November 22, 2017) — Skylight Music Theatre Artistic Director Ray Jivoff today announced the return of cabaret performances to Skylight Music Theatre’s Bar & Bistro. He also announced Allie Babich the winner of this year’s Lee Dougherty Ross Debut Artist Award, which is given each season to recognize an up and coming actor who made his or her debut at Skylight Music Theatre.

The cabaret series runs Saturday, Sunday and Monday, December 2, 3 and 4 with headliner Leslie Fitzwater, a Skylight favorite last seen in her one-woman show, Edith Piaf Onstage. A special One Night Only cabaret will be held on Monday, December 18 showcasing Debut Artist Award winner Babich, who made her Skylight debut in the title role of Violet (2016).

“I am delighted we are bringing cabaret back to Skylight,” said Jivoff. “These shows were wildly popular in the past and showcased the outstanding talent that performs on our stage.  I think one of the questions we are asked most often is when we will do cabaret again.”

Jivoff said it was fitting that Fitzwater would kick off cabaret’s return to Skylight. She began working with Skylight in the 1970s and has performed in numerous shows including I Do! I Do! (2013), Spitfire Grill (2009), Cabaret (2004), Fiddler on the Roof (1999) and The Threepenny Opera (1998). Jivoff will join Fitzwater in the cabaret for some songs.  They will be accompanied by Paula Tillen.

For the Lee Dougherty Ross Debut Artist Award cabaret on Monday, December 18, Babich will be joined by many of the actors who also appeared in Violet, including Alex Mace, Samantha Sostarich, Cynthia Cobb, Raven Dockery, Robby McGhee, Rick Pendzich, and the show’s director Sheri Williams Pannell. Accompanist will be Anne Van Deusen who was the music director for Violet.


Admission is $10 at the door for all cabarets. Cash and credit card accepted. Cabaret performances are in the Skylight Bar & Bistro, second floor of the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway in the Historic Third Ward of Milwaukee.


The December cabaret schedule is as follows:

Saturday, Dec. 2, 10:15 p.m. Leslie Fitzwater with Ray Jivoff, following performance of Annie

Sunday Dec. 3, 4:45 p.m. Leslie Fitzwater with Ray Jivoff, following matinee of Annie

Monday Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. Leslie Fitzwater with Ray Jivoff, house opens at 7:00 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m. Allie Babich, 2017 Lee Doherty Ross Debut Artist Award Winner & Friends, house opens at 7:00 p.m.

Cash bar available at all performances.


For more information call the Box Office (414) 291-7800, Monday – Saturday, noon - 6 p.m., visit, email


Parking Vouchers on Sale

Purchase discounted parking vouchers from the Broadway Theatre Center Box Office for use in the Historic Third Ward parking garage at 212 N. Milwaukee Street (one block east and one block north). Vouchers can be purchased for $5 during normal box office hours. Vouchers are valid between 5 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. for evening performances only. Voucher sales stop 30 minutes before showtime and are not available during intermission. No refunds.


About Skylight Music Theatre

Skylight Music Theatre’s mission since 1959: To bring the full spectrum of music theatre works to a wide and diverse audience in celebration of the musical and theatrical arts and their reflection of the human condition. Skylight presents productions “Skylight Style” – bringing fresh approaches or interesting twists to music theatre works, creating meaningful connections, not only between the characters on stage but with the audience as well. The beautiful, intimate Cabot Theatre allows audiences to feel close to the powerful emotions on stage.