This Friday and Saturday nights, the Hangar Theatre, known for its productions of plays and musicals, steps out of its usual pattern to offer a musical tribute to female folk-rock trailblazers Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Laura Nyro. This weekend's show, "Back to the Garden," features Melissa Hammans, Maddy Wyatt, and Shaleah Adkisson performing, accompanied by Julia Adamy (bass), Molly MacMillan (keys), Barbara Merjan (drums), and Sue Terwilliger (guitar).
This weekend's shows are part of a series called "CabarETC," special cabaret-style evenings featuring intimate, nightlclub-like performances by Broadway stars and local artists. Audience members can choose theatre seating or cafe tables, and can enjoy light snacks and drinks including beer or wine.
Melissa Hammans and Maddy Wyatt. Photo provided.Hammans has appeared in "Nunsense," "Lovesick or Things that Don't Happen," and the Davenport ten-minute play festival. Wyatt is a Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist. Adkisson has appeared in "Hair," "Rent," and "Avenue Q," as well as "Ain't Misbehavin'." Director Amy Jones recently directed "Good Ol' Girls" at the Barter Theatre in Virginia, and choreographed "Broadway Backwards 8," a benefit at the Palace Theatre in New York City.
Adamy toured with "Mamma Mia!" and played on NBC's "Smash." McMillan is an Ithaca College alum who's one of the area's foremost jazz pianists, and performed in a memorial concert for Laura Nyro in 2007. Merjan, another IC alum, has performed with various pop and jazz artists and has extensive Broadway and touring experience including "Cats," "Miss Saigon," and "Bed Bugs, The Musical." Terwilliger's resume includes performances at the 52nd inaugural ball in Washington, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall in Boston, and the Bottom Line in Nagasaki, and on "The Sopranos."
Tickets are available with prices ranging from $18-25, at www.hangartheatre.org, at the Ticket Center in downtown Ithaca, or at the theatre box office an hour before curtain time.