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Marimba Cabaret


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Marimba Cabaret


"What's a marimba?" Like a xylophone, but bigger and more fabulous – just like Brian.

Marimba Cabaret is an evening of guilty pleasures featuring show tunes and pop covers re-imagined for marimba, vibraphone and voice. Brian Calhoon will play, sing, and (at times) stand 7-feet tall in sparkly stilettos. Directed and accompanied by percussionist Greg Jukes, Marimba Cabaret invites you to undo the taboo in this award-winning musical coming out story.

Winner of the 2017 Critic’s Choice Award at PortFringe Theater Festival, audiences say Marimba Cabaret is “a fabulous time” and “fun, unexpected, inventive, and full of heart”. Guaranteed to make you laugh, cry, and sing along, there’s something for everyone in this eclectic evening of mash-ups and marimba covers.

See what happens when a classically-trained percussionist with a love of theater (and killer shoes) puts on a show. With performances in Boston, Washington D.C., Portland, San Francisco and Provincetown, see where Marimba Cabaret will play next.

Come out of the musical closet!

Meet The Team

Brian Calhoon (credit: Robert Torres)

Brian Calhoon combines his experience as a percussionist and vocalist to perform a varied collection of music for marimba and his voice. In 2013, Brian made his stiletto debut as marimba soloist with the Boston Gay Men's Chorus during the Candelabra Cantata, opposite "Liberace" (Chad Weirick) in a battle of dueling keyboards.

Director and accompanist Greg Jukes is a percussionist and narrator who creates work that brings together music, acting, and dance in innovative ways. He is a founding member of The Fourth Wall, an internationally touring hybrid arts ensemble in which musicians are also actors and dancers.

Greg Jukes (credit: Robert Torres)

What Others Are Saying

"Such an imaginative concept, and exceptionally executed -- a fabulous time!"

"One of the best shows I've seen in Boston -- and I've seen a lot!"

"It's fun, unexpected, inventive, full of heart, and well done."

"From a total height of 7 feet, Calhoon sang about wanting to dance with somebody, sweeping around the stage in heels that mirrored the confidence in his own voice." - Huntington News, 9/2016

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