Camp Cabaret Archive

Current Cabaret Shows

March 14 - 29, 2014

Fridays & Saturdays* at 8:00 p.m.
*Saturday, March 15, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Special show on Sunday, March 16, at 5 p.m.


General Admission: $29.50
VIP Reserved Table Seating: $34.50 or 800-838-3006
Groups: Call 651-290-2290.


Camp Caberet in the Camp Bar,
490 N Robert St, St Paul, MN 55101

Flanagan is dead, but don’t be sad because remembering his life is all about laughs! Back by popular demand, it’s Flanagan’s Wake, the hilarious, interactive Irish funeral. Come celebrate the life of our dear friend, Flanagan, by hoisting a pint and joining in on the tales that unfold.

Join the villagers of the beautiful Grapplin, County Sligo, Ireland, as they tell tales, sing songs and toast the memory of one of their own. Pay your respects to glowering Mother Flanagan and to the poor grieving fiancée, Fiona Finn. Listen to a eulogy written by County Sligo’s best-known writer, Mickey Finn, and tip a pint with Brian Ballybunion, himself a weaver of tales. Share memories of your own experiences and misadventures with dear, old Flanagan, or simply enjoy the stories and songs of the locals as they recall Flan’s life. Cross yourself with the blessings from St. Gregory’s parish priest, Father Damon Fitzgerald, or cross your fingers that local pagan Kathleen Mooney doesn’t cast a spell on you. Mayor Martin O’Doul will preside over the proceedings with an iron hand (and a parched throat) as he leads in grieving as only the Irish can.

“A Great Party!”- Chicago Tribune
“Roisterous & Boisterous!” - L.A. Times
“A Hoot!” - The Boston Globe
“A great time…” - The Chicago Sun Times
“One of the funniest shows you’ll ever see”- NBC
“Crisp comic timing!” - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

March 6 - 9, 2014

Thursday - Saturday at 7:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday at 5:00 pm

at the Cabaret Theater at Camp Bar
490 North Robert Street, Saint Paul, MN


General Admission: $34.50
VIP Reserved Table Seating: $39.50 or 800-838-3006

It’s time to get out your poodle skirt, set your hair in a poodle frenzy, jump in some saddle shoes and bop the night away to the greatest rockabilly music of the 50s. A night with Buddy and the Boys is the ginchiest time to boogie-woogie to this live, authentic tribute to the music of Buddy Holly.

If you love the rock-n-roll of the 1950s, Buddy and the Boys has the iconic look and sound of the original legend! Even the original Crickets have heard Buddy and the Boys play! An evening with Buddy and the Boys will blow your top as they share the stage with some special guests! Hint: One is the biggest bopper around and the other will make you La Bamba all night long! Supermurgatroid! Buddy and the Boys play those cherished songs the way they were always meant to be played…LIVE! Hear the music that started it all and has been a part of the soundtrack of American life since 1956.

So get your nest, duck butt, slick back or jelly roll ready for a night of fun! All ages, shapes and sizes will enjoy a night with Buddy and the Boys because we all love the rock-n-roll of the 50s. Come as you are or in your chinos and western shirt but be prepared to dance, laugh and tap your toes along with the greatest Buddy Holly tribute band - Buddy and the Boys!

Starring Nicholas Freeman as Buddy and Scott Jorgenson as The Big Bopper (and Host)

Leslie Jordan in Show Pony

Get ready once again MINNESOTA! He’s baaack! Arriving at St. Paul’s CAMP BAR for a 5-show limited engagement, LSELIE JORDAN returns to Twin Cities territory with his very own special “night at the races,” one man show. As one of American pop culture’s most recognizable, enduring (and endearing) personalities, the diminutive dynamo rides back into town.

Galloping back in to St. Paul at CAMP BAR with his latest on-stage, autobiographical romp, “SHOW PONY”, LESLIE JORDAN, the delightful, Deep South Dandy saddles up for an evening of horse feathers hilarity! “SHOW PONY” is Jordan’s reflections on the never ending, relentless quest for sustainability and longevity in “La-La Land”; still having to pay your dues, life on the road and what it takes to truly stay relevant and in the race. In true thoroughbred form, he remains characteristically frank, charming, selfeffacing and wicked!

An admitted, inveterate name dropper, any Jordan show is peppered with those star encounters that seem to only happen to him as he continues to have projects literally fall into his lap that surround him with the biggest names in show business. From being banged on the conker with a frying pan by BETTY WHITE (BOSTON LEGAL) to trying to convince his director friend at the helm of the Oscar winning megahit, THE HELP that he’d be just as feasible in the EMMA STONE lead role as the now mega star was to being surrounded by an orgiastic collection of screen legends (JESSICA LANGE, ANGELA BASSETT, KATHY BATES) where getting his eyeballs carved out by a melon baller (AMERICAN HORROR STORY) triggered his natural instinct to cajole for more scene-stealing screen time, Jordan as always simply can’t and doesn’t hold back.!

February 27 - March 2, 2014

Thursday & Friday at 8:00 pm
Saturday at 7:00 & 10:00 pm
Sunday at 5:00 pm

at the Cabaret Theater at Camp Bar
490 North Robert Street, Saint Paul, MN


General Admission: $34.50
VIP Reserved Table Seating: $39.50 or 800-838-3006

Valentine’s Day:
February 14, 8:00 p.m.

Cabaret Theater in Camp Bar
490 N Robert St. Saint Paul, MN


General Admission: $19.50
Reserved Seating in Front: $24.50 or 800-838-3006.

Bring your Valentine for an evening of love songs with:

Cookie Coleman, vocals
Adi Yeshaya, keys
Dave Karr, saxophone
Nathan Norman, drums
Gary Raynor, bass

Cookie Coleman has delighted audiences across the country with her cabaret performances. Singing jazz standards in a timeless fashion, she has performed in nightclubs and theaters including New York’s Greene Street, Catch A Rising Star and The Dakota in Minneapolis where she is a regular. She has also performed with the internationally renowned Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.

Comedy Roast of Mr. Scrooge. This Christmas, it will be Scrooge's chestnuts roasting over an open fire...

December 13 - 22

Fridays and Saturdays at 9:30 p.m.
Wednesdays and Sundays at 7:30 p.m.

Cabaret Theater in Camp Bar
490 N Robert St. Saint Paul, MN


General Admission: $19.50
Reserved Seating: $24.50
General Admission Group (8+): $14.50
Reserved Seating Group (8+): $24.50 or 800-838-3006.
For group rates and info, call 651-290-2290.

*This is a very adult production with strong language and not for those offended by modern roast humor. *Must be 18+

The Comedy Roast of Mr. Scrooge combines the oldest traditions from comedy—savagely mocking someone—and the holidays—imbibing in one too many ‘nogs and telling everyone what you really think. All the classic, beloved characters from A Christmas Carol finally get their chance to give Scrooge what’s coming to him in words that Charles Dickens never even knew.

Starring some of the Twin Cities’ funniest, this irreverent and VERY adult show is the perfect anecdote for those who prefer a little more spice and a little less nice to their holidays. This ain’t your average Christmas Carol!

“I had the best of times! Tis a far, far funnier thing than I did!” — Charles Dickens

“Exceeded even my expectations!” — Pip

“It was so funny, I peed my knickers!” — Mrs. Dickens

A Tuna Christmas

December 5 - 28

Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:00 pm
Sunday at 5:00 pm
(No show Sunday, Dec. 8th or Thursday, Dec. 26th)

at the Cabaret Theater at Camp Bar
490 North Robert Street, Saint Paul, MN


General Admission: $29.50
VIP Table Seating: $39.50
Includes reserved table seating down front.
Groups of 8+: $24.50

Reservations: or 800-838-3006

It’s 24 hours before Christmas and all comic hell is about to break loose in the town of Tuna, the “third-smallest” town in Texas where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. In addition to the usual seasonal traumas that the holidays bring, a mysterious “Christmas Phantom” has been vandalizing the yard displays in the town’s annual Christmas Yard Display Contest, threatening to throw the contest into turmoil. And if that wasn’t trouble enough, the disaster-prone production of A Christmas Carol is falling apart!

Scott Jorgenson and Charles Hubbell portray all 24 of the delightfully eccentric denizens of Tuna, Texas, in this irreverent, holiday follow-up to Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard’s Greater Tuna.

“A traditional rib tickler!” —Star Tribune
“A tour de force for two actors…relying upon the quickness of wit and wardrobe changes!” —Pioneer Press
“The hilarity … never lets up.” —The Village Voice

Princess Diana, The Musical

Back by popular demand!
November 1 - 30

Thursdays- Saturdays at 7:00 p.m.
Sundays at 5:00 p.m.

Cabaret Theater in Camp Bar
490 N Robert St. Saint Paul, MN


General Admission: $24.50
Reserved Seating in Front: $34.50

BONUS: Every ticket-holder will receive a
free Princess Diana the Musical CD!

Reservations or 800-838-3006.
For group rates and info, call 651-290-2290.

book by Karen Sokolof Javitch and Elaine Jabenis; music and lyrics by Karen Sokolof Javitch

Direction by Ross Young
Music Direction by Kevin Dutcher

Sean Dillon and McKayla Marso as Prince Charles and Princess Diana in PRINCESS DIANA THE MUSICAL

Featuring McKayla Marso as Princess Diana and Sean Dillon as Prince Charles

Also starring: Adam Qualls, Megan Kelly Hubbell, Charles Hubbell, Wendy Freshman, Emily Thorkildson, Martino Mayotte, Seth Gabriel, Melanie Wehrmacher, and Alicia Storkamp.

This summer’s production of Princess Diana the Musical was such a rousing success that we are bringing it back this fall! Audiences fell in love with the show: 94% rated the show as “Very Good” or “Excellent,” and 85% said they were “Very likely to recommend the show to a friend.”

Princess Diana the Musical follows “The People’s Princess” on her journey from an unknown 17-year old to the most famous woman in the world. The story focuses on Prince Charles and Diana from their courtship and marriage to their divorce and that fateful day in August of 1997.

After Diana’s death, ardent admirer, songwriter and playwright Karen Sokolof Javitch composed over 30 original songs about the princess to expressed her grief. Ms. Javitch teamed up with award-winning author Elaine Jabenis to write a script to accompany her songs, and Princess Diana the Musical was born.

Featuring everyone from Princess Diana and Prince Charles to Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, the Queen Mum, Fergie and Prince William, Princess Diana the Musical reflects the charm, grace, compassion, and—of course—style that was Diana.

“We are still so saddened by the death of this wonderful woman who gave so much to the world. Writing Princess Diana, The Musical is our way of trying to keep her memory alive,” say Javitch and Jabenis.

The Pioneer Press interviews McKayla Marso, the actress who plays Princess Di, on what it’s like “to step into such an iconic figure’s slippers.” Read the story…

Bye Bye Liver, the Twin Cities’ Drinking Play, is a high octane comedy adventure centered around one of the Twin Cities’ favorite past times—drinking. With outrageous sketch comedies mixing drinks, interactive drinking games and male versus female inebriation, Bye Bye Liver is a play premised on the simple joys and complex consequences that indulging in a drink or two or three can bring.

Under the direction of John Haynes, director of the Creative Institute at Actor’s Theater, the Bye Bye Liver cast features a team of comedy stalwarts. The hour-and-15-minute show premiered in Nashville and was originally created by producer, writer and director Byron Hatfield.

Star Tribune says, “Show has been knocking them back”

City Pages says, “A-list event!”

TC Daily Planet says, “Bye Bye Liver hits the sweet spot”!

September 27 - November 9

See calendar for dates and times


General Admission: $24.50
Groups of 6 or more: $19.50
Groups of 10 or more: $14.50
or 800-838-3006

*MUST BE 21+

Camp Bar and Cabaret
490 North Robert Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101


Mrs. Smith Live!

September 13 - October 13, 2013

See the calendar for specific days and times.

The Cabaret Theater at Camp Bar
490 N Robert St. Saint Paul, MN


General Admission: $24.50
Reserved Table Seating: $29.50
*Students and Seniors (65+): Save $7 on tickets. or 1-800-838-3006
For group rates and info, call 651-290-2290.

Mrs. Smith is back with a jazzy, snazzy evening of story and song about the heart-stopping highs and perilous lows of fame, fortune and cat ownership! From the comic imagination of actor David Hanbury, the inimitable antics of Mrs. Smith and her beloved cat Carlyle are on full display in her latest one-woman musical-comedy at Camp Cabaret.

The cat lady’s got her claws out when it comes to describing her experience on America’s Got Talent during this story- and song-filled evening of entertainment, while she and her Broadway Boys belt out some of Broadway’s biggest hits, including “Cabaret,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “The Cat That Got Away” and “The Ladies Who Lunch.” And the grand dame has also been known to shred a few electric guitar solos as well.

“While Mrs. Smith might look like a frumpy old church lady, she’s anything but. She sings (Nirvana tunes), she dances (well, sort of) and she plays electric guitar (seriously). ” —Star Tribune

Storyteller, dancer, electric guitar wizard, there’s not much Mrs. Smith can’t do!” —TC DailyPlanet

“Mrs. Smith takes it to a level that is genuinely breathtaking!” —MINNPOST

A show-stopping performance with her infamous Broadway Boys!” —WCCO

For the Lonelly, Dennie Nast

July 29th & 30th

Monday & Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Cabaret Theater in Camp Bar
490 N Robert St. Saint Paul, MN


General Admission: $10.00

Reservations or 800-838-3006.

Starring Deenie Nast
Written and Directed by Audrey Crabtree
Additional direction by Lynn Berg and Brian Kelly.
Live Music Performed by Todd Price
Original music created by the teams of Brian Kelly & Todd Price, and Audrey Crabtree and Travis Pleoger.

Her work as creator has been described as:

“Absurdity at its best! Hilarious & outrageous.” –KFAI Radio

“Nothing short of brilliant.” Jaime Kleiman,

“Enchanting and cunningly crafted” -Backstage East

“Delicious…sublimely funny and unexpectedly witty.” –

Oscar-winner, Emmy-winner, 2-time Tony winner and international performance superstar Deenie Nast delivers a no holds barred, song-filled tribute to her lonely fans. After a 15-year legal battle with The Studio, Deenie recently won the right to perform as herself outside of New York City. Nast is back with a vengeance, singing the hits from her past, revealing very personal stories, providing commentary on some of her most famous screen moments and re-enforcing her legendary status to modern audiences. Songs, film clips, gossip, physical comedy, audience interation and general ‘Nast-iness” will ensue! Oh yeah, and Minnie the Nurse will be there.

Deenie Nast is a grotesque character in the classic theatrical sense; a darkly funny combination of clown and bouffon. In For the Lonely, Deenie Nast, an audience member will join Deenie onstage for the full show creating an on-the-spot comedy team.

Deenie Nast came out of retirement in 2006 for the SOLONOVA festival and when her contract allows, she has performed at Joe’s Pub, The Brick Theater, Bowery Poetry Club, Rockwood Music Hall, UCB New York, Parkside Lounge, The Magnet Theater, and The Pit Theater.

Audrey Crabtree is a collaborative artist, writer and director and instructor. Her work has won a Drama Desk Award, NY Innovative Theatre Award, and several Hola (Spanish Language awards). She cut her comedy teeth on stage as a performer and writer at ComedySportz Twin Cities, Brave New Workshop, The Southern Theater, MN Fringe, Bryant Lake Bowl and anyplace she could squeeze on stage or in front of the camera from 1994-1998. In Minneapolis she also performed, taught and directed short form, long form and musical theater and developed a taste for devising collaborative theater. In 1998 she formed Ten Directions productions with Lynn Berg and they headed to NYC creating over 16 full-length shows, a feature film and all sorts of smaller unique projects. Audrey is co-founder/director of the International NY Clown Theatre Festival and NY Physical Comedy Lab. Her work has continued to focus on audience engagement, physical comedy and stories that stir the pot. Currently she is working with performance artist Liz Magic Laser various versions of The Living Newspaper for galleries and public spaces. In her free time she tours with Clowns Without Borders, and teaches and performs in beautiful places such as India, Mexico, Ireland, UK, Canada and most recently Columbia!