Tuesday, March 8, 2016

"Musical Mondays" at Hell's Kitchen, March 2016

American Idol might be ending this year, but Musical Mondays at Hell's Kitchen is still going strong after 3+ years! You don't need some TV talent search to see talented performers, you can head down to Hell's Kitchen in downtown Minneapolis the first Monday of the month to see some of our very own top talent. While I've only attended 7 of their 36 shows, this cabaret show featuring beloved and obscure songs from musical theater never disappoints. 

In honor of Women's History Month, last night was Ladies Night. The talented ladies performing included co-host Sheena Janson (along with Max Wojtanowicz) and guests Moriah Huerta (with a mature voice for a 20-year-old, singing a little Streisand no less!), Kayla Jenerson (who doesn't cry out loud but she does sing out loud), Kelly Matthews (she's your man), Quinn Shadko (starting a heat wave), and Emily Villano (she can cook too), with musical director and accompanist Andrew Bourgoin (whose facial expressions are as fun to watch as his hands on the keyboard). As usual with Musical Mondays, most of the songs were previously unknown to me, but all wonderfully interesting choices (full song list available on their Facebook page).

All of this is yours to enjoy for a suggested donation of just $5 (with reasonably priced food and drinks available), which also gets you entered into a drawing to win free theater tickets. This month's 9 winners (those are good odds) received a pair of tickets to Nina Simone: Four Women at Park Square, Beauty and the Beast at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, or DJ Latinidad's Latino Dance Party at Mixed Blood.

One of my favorite parts of the night is when each performer gets a chance to plug their upcoming show. Which I pass on to you here:
Great entertainment featuring talented performers, a little musical theater education, food and drinks, fun people watching (with many theater people in the crowd), and a chance to win free stuff. What more do you need? Mark your calendar for the 37th Musical Mondays at Hell's Kitchen on April 4, featuring the music of Stephen Schwartz, composer of Godspell, Pippin, and a little known musical called Wicked (cast TBA, watch their Facebook page for more details).