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    September 29, 2023
    5:00 pm - 6:45 pm
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A More Affordable Way to Develop New Works for Theater: Cabaret
Friday 9/29 at 5pm ET

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In the room: Sherry Eaker, producer of the annual Bistro Awards, former editor-in-chief of Backstage; Max Friedman, director of Midnight at the Never Get;¬†Michael Chase Gosselin, producer/general manager at Visceral Entertainment (The Most Miserable Christmas Tree, Emojiland, Midnight at the Never Get), director (The Nose, Endangered! The Music, Money Talks); Sidney Myer, cabaret icon and booking manager for Don't Tell Mama. Cabaret has always been a vibrant force in the arts scene in New York and around the world. A place to nurture up-and-coming talent as well as an intimate home for established stars, it has also offered exposure for song writers and ‚Äď most importantly ‚Äď has become an easy and accessible part of the developmental process for bringing new works to the stage. Come hear a range of success stories that started in cabaret, dating back to the birth of legendary mega-hit Nunsense,¬†Forever Plaid, three shows by Maltby and Shire and many others.

    began producing the Bistro Awards show in 1990 with ‚ÄúBistro Bits‚ÄĚ columnist Bob Harrington, who created the Awards in 1985. Eighty Eight‚Äôs was chosen as the first venue, and, after Bob‚Äôs passing, the event moved on to the Ballroom, then the Supper Club, and eventually to Gotham Comedy Club, where it has remained for the past 16 years. Sherry had been producing the show during her long tenure as editor in chief of Back Stage, but since 2008 she has been producing it under the banner of her own producing company, SEE Theatrical Productions. She is also the editor of ¬†and sends out a weekly newsletter with the site‚Äôs latest posts. Sherry continues to see the importance of recognizing, encouraging, and supporting new and aspiring talent.

    is the director of theatrical productions including Graham Techler's The Panic of '29 (59E59), The Tycoons by Graham Techler (RAVE Theatre Festival, Outstanding Director Award), and Midnight at The Never Get by Mark Sonnenblick (York Theatre, Provincetown, NYMF, and Don't Tell Mama). Max is also a director of cutting-edge and award-winning cabaret performances at Lincoln Center, 54 Below, Joe's Pub, and Don't Tell Mama, as well as director and designer of concert productions for touring musicians. Max made his Broadway debut in 2019 as the Assistant Director of Be More Chill at the Lyceum.


    is a Producer, General Manager, and Director based in NYC. He is one of the general partners of Visceral Entertainment, a theatrical production & general management firm. Chase has served as the executive producer and/or general manager for countless Off-Broadway, touring, regional and international productions, including four sequential NY Times Critics' Picks. Highlights include Stranger Sings!, ¡Americano! The Musical, Emojiland, Rescue Rue, A Turtle on a Fence Post, Life Sucks, Happy Birthday Wanda June, His Story, Starcrossed (UK), and more. He discovered Midnight at the Never Get in 2016 and led it to successful runs in Provincetown (2017) and at the York Theatre Company (2018). 


    has been seen on screen most recently in the six-time Emmy-winning Amazon Prime series After Forever, Seasons 1 & 2. He has entertained from Palm Springs to London and is a recipient of MAC, Bistro, Broadway World, Theater Pizzaz, Mabel Mercer Foundation’s Cabaret Classic, and Paula Laurence awards. Sidney has been a cabaret booking manager for four decades (Don’t Tell Mama, Rose’s Turn, Panache). Off-Broadway credits include Grandma Sylvia’s Funeral, Dressing Room, and Split Ends. Other theatre: 25th Anniversary Revival of Irene, Kaye Playhouse; Edinburgh Festival Fringe with La Gran Scena Opera Co.; Beauty and the Beast, Theatre By the Sea; Times Square Angel with Charles Busch; The Boys in the Band; Laughing Wild, The Ball. Film: 20th Century Fox’s Headin’ for Broadway. Television: Celebrity interviewer on cable’s Broadway Beat and Cabaret Beat, and on a Nancy LaMott DVD, I’ll Be Here With You. Commercials: RCA Victor, New York Lotto. Radio: Regular on The Joey Reynolds Show. Upcoming performances include appearances at Pangea in the spring.