WNED Classical Live On Stage! Presents: The Abel-Basil Cabaret
Join Buffalo's Queen of Cabaret Kerrykate Abel and her incredible accompanist Chuck Basil as they celebrate 25 years of creating music together! This one-night-only event will feature music by Berlin, Cohan, Gershwin, Henderson and more! Be there as we remember the songs that were special to our grandparents . . . and to us too!
The event is free but you must register to attend.
Parking is free in our gated parking lot!
AFTER YOU'VE GONE (1918) LAYTON/CRAMER
BILL BAILEY...COME HOME (1902) CANNON
BIRTH OF THE BLUES (1926) DESYLVA/BROWN/HENDERSON
DIRTY HANDS DIRTY FACE (1923) MONACO/JOLSON/CLARKE/LESLIE
FASCINATING RHYTHM (1924) GERSHWIN
HANNAH (1924) YELLEN/AGER/BIGELOW/BATES
IT HAD TO BE YOU (1924) JONES/KAHN
THE MAN I LOVE (1924) GERSHWIN
RED HOT MAMA (1924) WELLS/COOPER/ROSE
SHINE ON HARVEST MOON (1908) NORWORTH/BAYES
SOME OF THESE DAYS (1910) BROOKS
SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME (1926) GERSHWIN
WHAT'LL I DO (1924) BERLIN
THERE'S A LAND FAR AWAY (1940) BILLY ARDEN (Abel’s great-grandfather’s pen name. His real name was Boleslaw Zielinska and he wrote several pieces during Tin Pan Alley and WWII eras.)
*program subject to change
Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Buffalo Toronto Public Media
BTPM Performance Space
140 Lower Terrace
Register to Attend
About the Performers
CHUCK BASIL was the Grand Prize Winner of the Marvin Hamlisch Star Search Competition in 2002 and performed and recorded with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been in the music ministry of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo for more than forty years and is currently Music Director at St. John Vianney RC Church in Orchard Park, NY. He is a Fellow of the O'Neill Cabaret Symposium in Waterford, Connecticut. Basil began playing cabaret and piano bar music at the Stage Door Piano Lounge in Buffalo in 1989 and has worked with Kerrykate since 1998. This year marks their 25th anniversary as a performing duo. Basil has also been music director of several theatrical productions in the Buffalo area.
KERRYKATE ABEL is a veteran performer on Buffalo area stages. Like Basil, Abel is a fellow of the O’Neill Cabaret Symposium and has performed across the country in both cabaret and theatre. She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts with a performance creation concentration from Goddard College in Vermont. Abel is also a playwright, writer, activist, and educator. In the summer of 2023, she appeared on the Saul Elkin Stage as Mistress Overdone in the Shakespeare in Delaware Park production of Measure For Measure. She also recently played Eunice in the critically acclaimed BUA production of A Great Wilderness. Her relationship with BUA goes back years having been producer of the BUA Cabaret Series from 2009 to 2012. She wrote and directed Hoarding Hope at the Paul Robeson Theatre and can be seen for one more weekend as Eddie in The Rocky Horror Show at the Kavinoky Theatre. Ms. Abel is hoping to produce her long awaited next cabaret, Woman Of A Certain Rage in 2024.
BTPM is conveniently located in downtown Buffalo at 140 Lower Terrace, near the I-190. The entrance to our parking lot is on Charles Street (also known as "Mark Russell Alley").
WATCH | Creation of the Buffalo Toronto Public Media Performance Space
We've been working behind the scenes to transform the WNED Classical music library into a new performance space. Watch a time-lapse of the activity.