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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Fort Salem Theater’s Spring Cabaret Season 2013

April 4th, 2013, 3:00 pm by Greg
The Spurs USA

The Spurs USA

The Fort Salem Theater in Fort Salem has announced its spring season of cabaret shows, “They Write the Songs: A Springtime Salute to Great Songwriters,” and it all kicks off on Saturday night (April 6) with the old-school country music concert by the Spurs USA.

Here’s the line-up of upcoming shows:

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LIVE: Harold Ford & the Cash Band @ Fort Salem Theater, 10/8/11

October 14th, 2011, 12:00 pm by Greg
Harold Ford

Harold Ford

“Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.”

With those words, the band launched into “Folsom Prison Blues,” a song that has come to epitomize the Man in Black. The lead singer later pointed out, “I’m Harold Ford, but I feel the spirit of Johnny Cash.” Judging from the response, I would say that many in the capacity crowd at the Fort Salem Theater were feeling the same way. Harold’s appearance and sound may be about as close as you’ll get to the real McCoy. This was almost like a hometown gig for him, hailing from nearby Greenwich – the same town that brought us Hal Ketcham.

The Cash Band was in fine form as well – bringing back the sounds of the Tennessee Three, right up to Johnny’s last years. Lead guitarist Sten Isachsen recreated Luther Perkins’ classic sound. Mitch Throop provided his energetic slap rhythm on stand-up bass, with Peter Maine driving the beat on drums while Les Wheeler did his part on rhythm guitar and harmonica.

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