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‘Cabaret Night’ features music, laughs and more

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Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013 10:30 am

“Come to the cabaret,” Liza Minnelli famously sang. And now, courtesy of the Bay Terrace Jewish Center in Bayside, cabaret is coming to you — for one night only, though the engagement could be the start of something big.

“We hope the cabaret will take off,” leading to other bookings in the future, said Martha Stein, a member of the committee responsible for organizing the event.

“Cabaret Night,” being presented in cooperation with the temple’s resident troupe, Theatre By the Bay, brings local favorites, singer and actress Jean Ann Kump and impressionist and comedian Barry Feterman, to the stage in an evening of show tunes, comedy and reminiscences.

Kump and Feterman had each been performing separately for years — she in clubs and musical theater, he in various bands — when they met 15 years ago, appropriately enough, during an evening of karaoke at former favorite night spot Kate Cassidy’s, on Woodhaven Boulevard.

“A gentleman was sitting at the end of the bar — all in black; he looked very interesting to me,” Kump recently recalled about Feterman. “I heard him singing and thought, ‘Oh, my God, that is gorgeous.’ I go up and I do a song. And the rest is history.”

Feterman, who today shares a home with Kump in Middle Village, got an early taste of show business when he played Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” as a 16-year-old. “My whole family was into doing community theater,” he said.

He later played in a Beatles cover band, which evolved into a sixties band.

With his next group, he spent some time making music on the bar circuit and finally hooking up with a wedding band before eventually setting out on his own.

“Bay Terrace Jewish Center has been promoting all types of cultural events,” Stein said. “Last year, we brought in a group from the city that did interpretative dance. It was very well received. The Sisterhood brought in a Klezmer group.”

She said the synagogue hopes to bring in “as many areas of the performing arts as we can so the community can expect to see different performances.”

The upcoming show in Bayside, which will assume an intimate club setting, complete with individual tables and candles and evocative lighting, will highlight the duo’s talents as individuals and as a team.

“We’ve done pieces of it before,” Kump said, but “we’re formatting a new show” for this engagement. She promised it will include “a little bit of everything.”

Kump’s numbers will include several from Broadway musicals that she has sung on local stages. Feterman will perform his renowned impressions, from Johnny Mathis to Willie Nelson to Michael Jackson and other name entertainers.

“We’ve had Jean Ann in several of our plays,” Stein said. “She’s bigger than life. I saw her and Barry perform in Great Neck. I thought it would be an entertaining evening.”

Also taking to the stage will be 14-year-old Theatre By the Bay veteran Isabel Robin, who has been taking voice lessons and appearing in school and community plays for several years.

She is best known for playing the title role in “Annie” at the Bayside venue several years ago.

In the new show, she will be recreating a number she sang with Kump in “Mame,” a plaintive duet called “My Best Girl.”

As for which solos she will perform in the show, Isabel said the audience will have to see the show to find out, but hinted they will include a few Broadway favorites.

Stein said she hopes “Cabaret Night” will lead to more genres and performance styles at the Bay Terrace Jewish Center.

“It would be wonderful to have the community at large anticipate all kinds of arts going on” at the temple, Stein said.

‘Cabaret Night’
When: Saturday, Dec. 7, 8 p.m.
Where: Bay Terrace Jewish Center
13-00 209 St., Bayside
Tickets: $22 in advance, $25 at door
(718) 428-6363

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