A cabaret with heart
What: SUGAR: A Cabaret
Where: Underground Nightclub, 211 E. Chestnut St.
WHEN: Wed.-Fri., Oct. 16-18
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
When Brie Turoff makes her way onstage for performances Oct. 16-18 at the Underground Nightclub, audiences will be introduced to her alter ego, Sugar—a singing, dancing force of nature who not only loves herself, but also wants other people to be similarly entranced with themselves.
“It took me to start becoming Sugar to really and truly become empowered and confident in the woman I am,” Turoff says, “so I feel like it’s huge for anyone to, as soon as possible, start loving themselves and being the confident human beings we all should be.”
Turoff knows the formula she’s concocted for “SUGAR: A Cabaret” works. Since moving from New York City to Bellingham with her husband Evan Mueller, the actress and musician has gathered together professional-level collaborators to ensure the cabaret’s success.
From the first performance in October of 2016, ABC Dance founder Tabetha Clark was one of the main drivers of SUGAR shows. As a choreographer she was invaluable and, as a friend, she was unforgettable. This will be the first show without Clark—who passed away last November after a short battle with lung cancer—and Turoff says it’s been harder than she ever imagined to put the magic together without her.
“She was my rock, my eyes, my ears, my biggest fan, my partner, and the best choreographer I have ever known,” Turoff says. “I feel like we are honoring her by taking this show to the next level with our talent, dances and song choices, and, with Tatyana Stahler as our new choreographer, bringing some of her moves back to life.There might also be a song in the show I am singing to her.”
SUGAR has always touted “stories of love and loss” as one of its main themes, so it’s only fitting that the upcoming shows will honor Clark within the context of the 70-minute gigs. But audiences should also know as they’re sipping on cocktails, watching confident women wow them with their talent, listening to live music, and mingling with the performers after the show that the goal is pure enjoyment—not to mention the aforementioned empowerment.
“I just want people to come see really great professional live theater and leave feeling like they were in New York and just left the best show of their life,” Turoff says. “I want them to talk about how great theater is for the next two hours and how amazing it made them feel. I want SUGAR to knock their fucking socks off!”
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