It’s not been lost. It comes back time and time again as evidenced by the Supremes, Annie Lennox, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Boz Scaggs, Bette Midler and more. It’s in our schools’ music curriculum. It’s on our televisions expounding the virtues of Barnes & Noble with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett. The Great American Songbook lives on and is resurging once again as an art form to be cherished, desired and performed.
Kerrykate, a WNY Cabaret artist performing now for 17+ years, makes it her goal to perpetuate the art form in their performances. She understands the importance of the works in the past as integral compositions versus recordings, but also for the future of our youth and their understanding of the art as well as its legacy for generations to come.
Kerrykate Abel is a veteran performer and longtime educator in the performing arts. She has taught, directed and assisted in School 74; at the David deMarie Dance Studios as a private instructor for voice and theatre; the Theatre of Youth (TOY) Summer Theater Education Program; Irish Classical Theatre Company (ICTC) at the Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence; and specializes in song interpretation and audition techniques.
Ms. Abel was the producer of Buffalo United Artists’ (BUA) Cabaret Series from 2009-2012 and has an unmatched passion and talent for Cabaret, beginning many years ago at The O’Neill Cabaret Symposium where she studied under the tutelage of the late, great Julie Wilson, Sally Mayes, Lina Koutrakos, and the late Margaret Whiting.
Recent roles include Donna in Harbor (BUA), Linda Rogo in Poseidon! The Upside Down Musical (BUA); Mrs. Pinkerton in PINKALICIOUS! (TOY); Mrs. Willoughby in Nancy Drew and the Mystery at Lilac Inn (TOY); Mrs. Cartero in The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley (TOY); Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (ALT and New Phoenix Theatre – receiving an ARTIE for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical 2012); and Sister Mary Acacius in The Divine Sister (BUA) and Concetta in In Gabriel’s Kitchen (BUA).
Ms. Abel has a BA in Creative Writing and Literature, is currently working on her MFAIA at Goddard College, and has recently penned a play that she hopes to workshop at BUA in the coming months.