Bay Area Cabaret’s season finale features Tony winner and television star Annaleigh Ashford who has agreed to perform her popular show (Still!) Lost in the Stars at the Venetian Room Ms. Ashford’s show will take place at 7:30 pm on 4/29.
In the spring of 2015, Ashford made her West Coast concert debut with Bay Area Cabaret. Singing Broadway, pop music, standards and classic disco, she electrified the Venetian Room audience with her amazing voice, humor and energy, delivering a performance that demonstrated the infinite possibilities of the cabaret genre, and left her audience begging for an encore performance. Soon after her Bay Area Cabaret appearance, Ms. Ashford went on to sweep the awards season on Broadway, winning the Tony, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Best Featured Actress in a Play, for her role in the revival of You Can’t Take It With You.
Best known for her recurring role as Betty Dimello on the critically acclaimed Showtime series Masters of Sex, Ms. Ashford was recently cast in the lead role in the new ABC television pilot Three Rivers, and she also appears in the FX anthology series American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace. Other TV credits include Fox’s reboot of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the critically acclaimed Showtime series, Masters of Sex. She co-stars in Jennifer Lopez’s upcoming film, Second Act.
On Broadway, Ms. Ashford starred opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, and in the title role of Sylvia, A. R. Gurney’s play, opposite Matthew Broderick. She originated the role of Lauren in Broadway’s Kinky Boots (alongside Bay Area Cabaret favorite Billy Porter). She made her Broadway debut in 2006, originating the role of Margot in Legally Blonde: The Musical. After a year, she starred as Glinda in the Broadway production of Wicked, and on Broadway in Hair and Grease.
All Bay Area Cabaret shows are presented in the Venetian Room at the Fairmont Hotel (950 Mason Street in San Francisco). From 1947 to 1989, the Venetian Room reigned supreme as the city’s premier showroom.
In recent column for JazzWax, music critic Marc Myers salutes Tony Bennett, and tells his readers about the sublime beauty of the Fairmont’s Venetian Room, where Mr. Bennett launched his legendary career with his signature tune: I Left My Heart….