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Amazing advice from the best in the business. Learn from cabaret stars like Michael Feinstein, Steve Ross, Marta Sanders and Marlena Shaw. I asked them insider questions about how they decide which songs to sing, how they script their shows and the best lessons they’ve learned. Dozens of great pros were happy to share their secrets with me, so I could share them with you.
Practical advice you can use. Cabaret Secrets is packed with sensible, practical advice. As someone who’s been doing it for a long time, I know the hurdles and challenges a newcomer will face. I tell you what you need to know about writing a lighting cue sheet, making a PA specification and how to choose a recording studio. I even tell you what to pack for a gig on a cruise ship!
Get the applause you deserve. Cabaret Secrets takes you through every step of creating a show that people will want to see. Don’t waste hours going around in circles. Just follow this guide and learn everything you need to know. It’s like your own cabaret toolbox.
It’s your direct line to the decision makers. I know how hard it can be just to get a booker for a major venue on the phone so I’ve asked them the questions you want answers to. Things like, “Exactly what does an artiste need to do to get work with you?”, “How can I make sure you’ll watch my showreel”, “What kind of acts are cruise lines lining up to book?”
Make a special connection. The key to cabaret is making a special personal connection with every member of your audience.
Save years of effort. We never stop learning but there are shortcuts. When I was starting out there was no one to help me with my show. No cabaret school, no mentor. I had to learn from years of expensive mistakes. Cabaret Secrets gives you a fast track to success. I share everything I know so you don’t have to make the same mistakes I did.
Save money. In Cabaret Secrets you’re getting advice worth £1000s for pennies. That’s a fact. If I only knew these secrets when I first started out 20 years ago I would have saved £1000s on bad musical arrangements, £1000s on wasted publicity and £1000s recording CDs that sounded terrible. It is truly amazing value for money.
Secret 1: Be Prepared
The ‘X’ Factor and how to get more of it • Building confidence • The importance of good preparation • How to be awful and get away with it
Secret 2: It’s All About You
Theming your show • Knowing your audience • Choosing the right material • Music and emotional triggers • Pushing boundaries • Dealing with risqué material
Secret 3: Be Sincere
Sincerity is the cornerstone of everything you do on stage. I discuss: the Golden Rule • how to tell your story • the ‘shape’ of your show • and how to break the fourth wall
Secret 4: Use A Template
Probably the most useful chapter in the book. I explain the four steps to creating your first set list • I break down one of my shows an explain the what, why, where and when of every choice • I analyse how the stars structure their performances and give you templates to help you structure your first show
Secret 5: How To Chat To An Audience (and not sound like a fake)
The most important element of any cabaret and the hardest to master. I demystify the process and make it easy to write your own script • I explain the four types of chat or patter • the rule of threes • eliminating clichés • keeping it personal • be a gossip • how to be funny • how to ad-lib • maintaining focus • and the importance of respecting your colleagues
Secret 6: Live Performance Can Seriously Damage Your Health (and Ego)
The pleasures and pitfalls of audience participation • What to avoid and how to get it right
Secret 7: Love Your Musicians
First impressions • What musicians want • Instrumental breaks • Different band compositions • How to commission great musical arrangements that last forever • How to rehearse a band
Secret 8: Make It Look Good and It Will Sound Twice As Good
What to wear on stage • Make-up • How to talk to lighting and sound techs in a language they understand • How to write a lighting cue sheet • Introducing more production
Secret 9: Record a CD
How to make a CD you’ll be proud of for years • Choosing a studio • Preparing for the recording • Good cover design • Practical advice on packaging
Secret 10: Listen to Advice, But Be Careful How You Give It
How to give notes without giving offence • Seeking professional advice • Listening to feedback
Secret 11: Talent Is Only The Starting Point
Getting your show together is only part of the story. I’ll show you how to use foreign languages in your show • research your audience • working with a director • finding an audience • getting reviewed • exploiting social media • how to get 1.5 million hits on YouTube • build a great website
Secret 12: Rock Stars Live Like Nuns
Advice from top vocal coaches on how to take care of your voice • Jeannie Deva’s warm up and cool down • Tips for singers with a sore throat
Secret 13: How To Get An Agent
Standing out from the crowd • Making a showreel that gets you work • How bookers find the acts they want • What agent’s want • Get a gimmick
Secret 14: The Best Piece of Travel Advice Ever
How to save time, travel light and always be ready for work
Secret 15: Simon Cowell Is Not Your Friend
Are you a good fit for cruise ships? • What cruise lines want and how to give it to them
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Liz Robertson’s West End credits include Love Never Dies, The Phantom of the Opera, Side By Side By Sondheim, My Fair Lady, The Music Man and Hairspray. Lucky for us she’s taken all that experience and created her own cabaret show, “Songs From My Trunk” which she’ll be bringing to London’s Hipperdrome this Easter. (Read more…)March 28th 2014
Michael Feinstein is the world’s greatest living exponent of cabaret and American popular song. I’ve wanted to ask him a question since seeing him perform at London’s Shaw theatre in 2008. He was building to the finale of his Sinatra Project show with For Once In My Life. At the end of the song, just before belting out the big last note, he paused, took a breath and physically braced himself. The audience could see he was working for the money and they loved it. I had my doubts it was really that hard for him. Was he making look hard on purpose to add a little sizzle to the show? (Read more…)March 14th 2014
How you ever had a bad review and wanted to ask the reviewer why? I have, and did.
Years ago I’d opened the Adelaide Cabaret Festival with John Wilson conducting their symphony orchestra. Mark Shenton gave me a cutting review, saying it was a case of “the bland leading the band”. Ouch. I knew what he meant, and actually agreed with him and though I was dying to explain to him why my performance seemed… reserved, of course I couldn’t. He just said what he saw and what was done was done. Years later, I got a chance to talk to Mark face to face about this, reviewing cabaret in general and much more besides. (Read more…)
There are two ways an audience can really show their appreciation: give you a standing ovation and buy a CD. One’s good for your ego, the other pays your bar bill.
When I first started working on cruise ships I almost always got a full standing ovation. I came to expect it. If it didn’t happen I’d be cross with myself – I must have messed something up, not given them enough, or whatever.
With more experience my act improved and a strange thing happened. People stopped standing up. I’d do a great show but no matter what I tried, no standing ovation. I drove myself crazy trying to remember what I used to do that had worked so well. (Read more…)