Benita Zahn Returns to Fort Salem Cabaret [Berkshire on Stage]

May 5th, 2017, 1:30 pm by Sara

Benita Zahn, WNYT-TV news anchor, returns to Fort Salem Theater in Salem at 2pm on Sunday (May 7) in the cabaret show BZ and the Girls: Women Who Sing. A part of the theater’s inaugural season 11 years ago, Ms. Zahn has returned at least once in each subsequent season, sometimes with fellow Singing Anchors Jerry Gretzinger and Jessica Layton, sometimes as the lead in a musical (I’m Getting My Act Together and They’re Playing Our Song), and often as a solo cabaret performer. As an actress, she has performed with every major performance group in the Capital Region.

This year’s outing finds her in the skilled company of three other Fort Salem veterans, singers Keri Alonzo, Sue Caputo and Lynne Kerr. These four Women Who Sing will light up the stage with four-part harmonies: the theater’s website calls them “The Andrews Sisters and The Supremes on steroids.” Interspersed with pop tunes like “Stop in the Name of Love” and “What a Wonderful World,” are musical theater favorites, including “At the Ballet” from A Chorus Line and “I Want It All” from Baby. Musical arrangements and accompaniment are provided by the Fort’s artistic director, Jay Kerr.

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Five Firsts: Benita Zahn of the Singing Anchors

March 15th, 2010, 1:01 pm by Greg

Benita ZahnNAME: Benita Zahn
INSTRUMENT: Vocalist/Actress (when I’m not doing my day job as a journalist)

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Cream, “Wheels of Fire”

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Richie Havens

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … Viola

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “Summertime”

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Never in a band

Benita Zahn takes a break from her WNYT-TV duties to join Jessica Layton (WNYT) and Jerry Gretzinger (WRGB) performing as “The Singing Anchors” in concert at The Linda in Albany at 8pm on Saturday.

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