Taylor Pietz Will Perform Her Original Cabaret Tonight for One Night Only

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Fans of cabaret performances are in luck. Taylor Pietz, the well-known local actress and performer, will turn her multitude of talents to the art of the cabaret as she presents her all-new cabaret show, “If I Only Had a Brain,” for one night only at the Gaslight Theatre. The show, which is part of the Gaslight Cabaret Festival, takes place tonight, Thursday, April 10 at 8pm.

Taylor Pietz Courtesy of the Artist

Taylor Pietz
Courtesy of the Artist

Pietz is no stranger to local stages. The St. Louis native began performing at a young age and has been seen at many local theaters, including STAGES St. Louis and New Line Theatre, where her performance as Caril Ann Fugate in the world premiere of the rock musical “Love Kills” persuaded the RFT to name her “Best Actress in a Musical” for 2010. She hasn’t escaped the critics’ notice either. Mark Bretz, theater critic for Ladue News wrote that Pietz had “glorious pipes, soaring clarity and sweet power,” while Judith Newmark of the Post called one of Pietz’s performances “sensational, by turns canny and elegant.” A classically trained pianist and instructor, Pietz will also accompany herself on the piano.

Taylor Pietz Courtesy of the Artist

Taylor Pietz
Courtesy of the Artist

ALIVE caught up with Pietz and asked her a few questions about her show, “If I Only Had a Brain.”

ALIVE: Have you performed cabaret before?

Pietz: I did a concert at Jazz at the Bistro a couple years ago, but this is the first solo cabaret I’ve done. It’s my first time exploring the real world of cabaret so I’m happy to be given the opportunity.

ALIVE: What can the audience expect?

Pietz: Seeing a side of me that most people don’t normally see. People see me at shows or events where I’m networking. People tell me that I exude confidence—that I’m always so on top of things. Nothing could be further from the truth. I’ve made a fool of myself and embarrassed myself at auditions and events and functions, and people never see that side of me. People will hear some hopefully funny stories and hear some really great songs and a side of me that they’ve never seen before.

ALIVE: What type of music will you be singing? The Great American songbook?

Pietz: It’s kind of a mix. There will be some songs from standard musicals that many people will know. They’ll hear some that are a little more obscure. I love finding new work, and I’ll be showcasing some of that. I’m a big Bob Dylan fan so you’ll hear some Dylan, some Beatles, some Frank Sinatra—so I think it’s a pretty good mix of things. Some things that people have heard but sung a different way and some things I think people will be surprised to hear. I’m excited to see what people think.

ALIVE: Name a couple of tunes you’ll be singing.

Pietz: “Twenty-Something” by Jamie Cullum, “Help” by the Beatles, “That’s Life” by Sinatra, and by Dylan, “It Ain’t Me Babe,” to name just a few.

ALIVE: What is it that appeals to you about performing Cabaret?

Pietz: That’s a great question—one I had not thought about. I think as an actor and performer, I’m always playing a character. I’m always putting on a “face.” As fun and exciting as that is, it can be confining—to always feel like you have to be on and be someone else. I really like the idea of just being able to be me. In my line of business I don’t get to do that very often. And I’ll also be playing a few songs of my own, and playing and singing songs that really connect to me is something I really like doing for an audience.

Tickets to “If I Only Had A Brain,” starring Taylor Pietz may be purchased online at Lickety Tix, or by calling (314) 725-4200 EXT 10.

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