Life is a cabaret
What: "Sugar: A Cabaret"
Where: Mount Baker Theatre's Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St.
WHEN: 8pm Thurs.-Sat., Oct. 7-9
Cost: $30; VIP tickets are $50
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
During the darkest days of the pandemic, Brie Turoff Mueller wondered if she’d ever be able to sit on an audience member’s lap again.
As the driving force behind “Sugar: A Cabaret,” the actor, dancer and singer has been bringing her big-haired, bustier-clad alter ego to local stages since moving to Bellingham in 2016 with her husband and creative conspirator Evan, a professor at Western Washington University who’s also behind the regional theater company American Theater Northwest—which produces the cabarets with Sadi Girl Productions. But the powerhouse act combining singing, movement, live music and a healthy dose of empowerment didn’t make its debut here.
“Sugar was a name I came up with when I was walking to the subway one day in New York City, heading to work, listening to the song ‘Glitter in the Air’ by Pink,” Mueller says. “I said that day, ‘Someday I will open up a cabaret bar and sing that song on the bar for opening night, and call the bar Sugar.’ Well, I wasn’t able to open my bar, so I thought I’d call myself Sugar.”
Mueller says “Sugar” made the transition from the East Coast to the West Coast with success, with local audiences reporting they’ve been blown away by the professional talent and all-around theatrical experience the unique cabaret provides. But a month after Valentine’s Day shows in February of 2020, COVID-19 shut the world down, and the cabaret was forced to take a long hiatus.
That’s about to change. “Sugar: A Cabaret” will be back onstage Oct. 7-9 at the Mount Baker Theatre’s intimate Walton Theatre, where the MBT recently started hosting a curated concert series called the Lookout Sessions. Although “Sugar” isn’t technically part of that lineup, the show promises to take advantage of the space that’s recently been renovated to host more cabaret-style performances.
With both new and returning dancers, singers, choreographers and members of the Sugar Band joining Mueller, attendees can expect to experience stories of love, loss and lust when they settle in with a cocktail and find themselves transported to a new world—one where Sugar might just leave the stage and take up temporary residence on your lap.
“The audience can expect to be taken away from all the negativity of the world and transported into a fun, circus-like atmosphere of singing, dancing and lots of laughing,” Mueller says. “Plus, of course, all the sexy sass Sugar and the whole cast will bring.”
Please note that the Mount Baker Theatre requires proof of vaccination for entry. Those unable to be fully vaccinated must have proof of a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the performance. Masks are also required indoors when not eating or drinking.