Join us for a deliciously entertaining evening of cabaret with singer, pianist, and (big gay) cabaret artist Tom Vendafreddo. Tom shares saucy tales and spins tunes from (Lady) Gaga to Gershwin, Mercer to Madonna and oh so much more!
Mason Street Warehouse Artistic Director, and former Broadway singer/dancer/actor, Kurt Stamm makes a special guest appearance, joining Tom for a martini (dirty please!) and a few numbers.
Proceeds from the evening support AWARE’s scholarship fund + SCA internship programs.
Tom Vendafreddo is an actor, music director and educator based in Chicago. He was music director for Mason Street Warehouse’s production of In The Heights and one of the stars of MSW’s Murder for Two. Tom received the 2017 Jeff Award nomination for Outstanding Music Direction for his work on Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at Chicago’s Paramount Theatre. To date, Tom has received 8 Jeff Award nominations for Outstanding Music Direction, 6 of which were for productions at the Paramount Theatre.
Tom has made his presence known in the international cabaret scene, performing sold-out shows at venues such as Chicago’s Davenport’s Piano Bar, Uptown Underground, Hey Nonny, and the Venus Cabaret, San Diego’s Martini’s Above Fourth, Los Angeles’ The Rockwell, Melbourne Australia’s Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, and New York’s acclaimed Feinstein’s 54 Below. Though based in Chicago, he continues to work regionally on the West and East coasts, as well as throughout the Midwest.
Kurt Stamm is founder and Artistic Director of Mason Street Warehouse at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts and also a professional director/choreographer based in New York and Colorado. He has been working as a theatre professional for more than 30 years.
Kurt has worked on and off Broadway, on touring productions and in regional theatres across the country. Kurt founded Mason Street Warehouse in 2002 and over the past 17 years, has directed and choreographed more than 30 shows at MSW. He has been nominated for and won numerous awards for his direction and choreography and is preparing for MSW’s 17th season which included In The Heights and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.
Event sponsored by: Howard Rochte & Russ Lamesfield, Jerry Carpency, John Slater & Mike Penrod, George Stoutin of Edward Jones, Wally Petersen & Mike Tischleder / Amazwi Contemporary Art, Larry Gammons, Dan Klask & Tim Chalus, Mike Mulcahy & Chris Seidel