Our Musical Directors
John O'Neil, Boston
O'Neil, ‘one of New England’s finest cabaret actors’
(Niagara Falls Gazette), has also been called a
“cabaret sensation” by Boston Magazine. WOMR radio
said this about John O'Neil - "Take a jigger of Noel
Coward, add a twist of Fred Astaire and the bitters
of Danny Kaye. Shake, don't stir.”
John made his New York debut at Danny's Skylight
Room with Ida Zecco and Ernie Lijoi in 'Being Earnest':
The Songs of Ernie Lijoi' and has toured nationally with
his show ‘So Kaye: The Songs of Danny Kaye'.
John recently appeared in Revolution Theatre
Company’s production of 'Titanic: The Musical' in the
role of Captain E.J. Smith.
Additional theater credits include Steve Martin’s
'The Underpants', 'And the World Goes ‘Round', '
It’s a Wonderful Life' and the title role of 'Miss Gulch
Returns' and thispast fall, O’Neil played a lead in
Stoughton Theater’s production of “Auntie Mame” to rave reviews. John's musical arrangements have been sung by the Boston Gay Men's Chorus in concert halls across the country including Boston's own Symphony Hall and John appears with
them on their recording "Freedom, Merriment and Joy". John also appears in the
Award Winning Musical Documentary, “This Moment in Time – The Songs of Alan
Bernstein & Friends,” produced by Richie Sarno and Black Arrow Entertainment.
John’s newest CD 'John O’Neil and Jim Rice Live' in the Napoleon Room were
released in March of 2016.
Carol has performed in Provincetown since the 1980's.
She's been dubbed the 'First Lady of Cabaret'. She
has appeared with David Brenner and Joan Rivers at
the North Shore Musical Theater, and has performed
at Sculler's Jazz Club, Club Cafe and other top
cabaret and jazz clubs in Boston.
In 2004, O'Shaughnessy was named 'Best Female
Cabaret Entertainer of the Year'.
O'Shaunghnessy is an actress and has appeared
in many starring roles on the musical stage. In 2007
Carol appeared with' Herb Reed and the Platters' as well as with comedian Pat Cooper. Locally, she has been seen on' Sunday with Liz Walker' and 'My Boston' on WBZ- TV.
We are honored to have her back at the Provincetown CabaretFest 2019. Carol
will be working with Tom LaMark to offer a Workshop and performing at the Friday Night show. Don't miss her!
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Jeffrey M Wright
Based in St. Louis, MO, Jeffrey M. Wright is very active in the cabaret and theater scenes there and beyond. In 2015, he was featured in The Music of Alex Rybeck
at NYC’s Feinstein’s/54 Below and The Metropolitan Room. He has also been featured in other New York concerts at Don’t Tell Mama, The Iridium on Broadway, and The Laurie Beechman Theater. In St.Louis, Jeff’s four solo cabaret shows have played to sold-out audiences at several venues, including
the Gaslight Cabaret Festival for two seasons. His musical theater credits are extensive, with recent favorite roles including Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Tateh in Ragtime, Benny in Hands On A Hardbody, Rob in High Fidelity, Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dan in Next To Normal, Pippin in Pippin, Jamie in The Last Five Years, Captain Walker in The Who’s Tommy, and others. He regularly sings the National Anthem for NCAA Division I basketball games in St. Louis, and has also been featured in several independent films, commercials, web videos, and print ads produced there. He is absolutely thrilled to be part of the Provincetown CabaretFest, and is so grateful to Patricia Fitzpatrick for the opportunity! www.jeffreymwright.comHelvetica Light is an easy to read font, with tall and narrow letters, that works well on almost every site.
Brian Patton, Boston
Patton is a charming singer, performer and pianist extraordinaire . He has appeared at every CabaretFest since the original in 2000.
Patton has been a music teacher and will bring that knowledge of working with students directly to the Performance Workshops at CabaretFest 2019.
He has accompanied many of the top cabaret artists in Boston, Including the Broadway bound Mary Callanan (who is currently appearing on Broadway as one of the leads in "Mama Mia").
Callanan and Patton appeared at the Crown & Anchor for many summers as the main act in the Central House Restaurant lounge after being 'spotted' at a CabaretFest in Provincetown. Patton is also an accomplished performer in his own right. Patton shows his many skills as Musical Director for numerous cabaret shows over the weekend and with his Brian Patton Trio, featuring Alan Clinger and Ron Ormsby, 'With A Little Help From My Friends' at the finale show. Look for him during CabaretFest as pianist for the Celebrity Master Classes, a teacher at workshops and panelist at the Q&A, pianist for 'The Playboy Club with Patricia Fitzpatrick at the White Wind Inn Saturday, June 1st .
Welcome back Brian! We couldn't do this festival without you!
Tom La Mark - Boston's own
Welcome back, Tom La Mark!
CabaretFest is pleased to welcome Tom LaMark back to Provincetown, as one of our small team of top class Musical Directors. LaMark has worked with all the top performers in Boston. "He can swing with the best of them', says Carol O'Shaunghnessy. Tom has the extensive jazz background that makes it wonderful for a singer to work with him.
He is frequently the pianist of popular choice at 'Amazing Things', Sculler's Jazz Room, Boston's Club Cafe and theatrical productions in New England.
This is Tom's second appearance at our CabaretFest and we are fortunate he was able to find the time to join us again. A Master of the craft of making a singer feel comfortable and safe in his capable hands!
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Ron Ormsby, Cape Cod
Ormsby is considered one of the best bass players in the Western Hemisphere.
He plays annually at the Rio De Janerio Jazz Festival in Brazil and has also been featured with many South American artists.
He was the owner of the Columns Restaurant, where he played for the well known pianist, Marie Marcus, and many other jazz greats.
Ron owns and operates the REO Studios in Centreville, MA. Many of our performers have worked with him or recorded their CD albums at his studio. He is frequently seen all around the Cape working with the Bart Weisman Trio.
A master sound engineer, bassist and performer- our multi-lingual musician is back to support our Sunday Brunch artists.
Ormsby has performed at CabaretFest in previous years and is happy to be returning as a part of the Festival again this year.
Alan Clinger, Cape Cod
Clinger's instrument is Jazz Guitar and he performs as a soloist and in groups that range in size from a duo to a sixteen piece stage band.
The style of music played is referred to as “mainstream jazz”, which is jazz. based on American Standards including songs from Ragtime and Dixieland to Swing, Bebop and beyond. This music is very accessible to the audience and suitable for ambience, listening, and dancing.
The Cape is blessed with many great jazz musicians and he has had the opportunity to perform with all of them. He has given performances at festivals and guitar shows here, New York and California. Most of his group’s performances are at local restaurants, clubs, resorts, and for private functions, or concerts.
Tickets for Pilgrim House shows available direct from Pilgrim House, www.pilgrimhouseptown.com
Art House show tickets from The Provincetown Art House Theater, www.ptownarthouse.com
otherwise purchase your VIP PLUS pass on our Tickets Page
Purchase your VIP Pass here. VIP Pass is a $275.00 value for $150.00
Purchase your ticket to participate in the Marilyn Maye Master Classes.
Select the Wednesday, May 30, 'Early Bird' class - $150.00 ( more indiivual time in this class)
Select Thursday, May 31 Master Class $150.00. YOu may audit either of Ms Maye's MasterClasses for $50.00. Auditors watch and learn valuble techniques for performance on stage. Auditors do not appear at the Sunday Brunch Show as a performer.
Purchase Workshop Tickets for John O'Neil, Carol O'Shaughnessy and JEff Harnar & Alex Rybeck's Performance Classes here.
All Cabaret Show tickets and meal events are for sale at www.onlyatthecrown.com OR by VIP PASS. Order your VIP Pass and save money and ticket fees.
The second Annual award will be presented at this year's Cabaret Fest.
The Mike Renzi Spotlight Award
Latest News: Candidate's for the Mike Renzi Spotlight Award 2023 include: Jim Keating, Pamela Enders, Robb Barnard, CJ Brooke.
Good luck to all the nominees!
Nicholas King has graciously agreed to present the first Mike Renzi Spotlight Award. King and Renzi traveled the country performing together for decades. King and his grandmother Angela Bacari first introduced us to Mike Renzi during the 2020 CabaretFest. The new award will be presented to a graduate of the CabaretFest Master classes who has taken their knowledge from their studies at the festival and performed a cabaret show at the festival or a similar venue. Mike Renzi was a master coach for the festival for two seasons and was he instrumental in mentoring and training the future stars of tomorrow. His recent passing, fall of 2021, left us all devastated and saddened. To honor his memory, and to acknowledge the influence Mike had on his grateful students, the Provincetown Cabaret Fest is proud to continue his legacy by offering this new Annual Award.
Recipient of the 1st Annual
Mike Renzi Award