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Life is a cabaret

Devonshire’s dinner show entertainment gets started this month

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December 19th, 2014
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Of the myriad entertainment programs that take place at Devonshire, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Palm Beach Gardens, the most anticipated begins in January. 

For 16 years, Cabaret Night events, held once a month through April, have offered residents exceptional dinner show entertainment. 

Presented exclusively for residents and their guests, the Cabarets take place in Devonshire’s clubhouse—specifically, in its Stratford Performing Arts Center, an intimate setting with excellent acoustics and a dance floor.

Glitz and glamour, both on stage and in the audience, characterize the evenings. 

“The caliber of the talent sets these evenings apart from what you find at other independent living communities,” says Devonshire Activities Director Irene Malanga. 

“It’s like attending a Broadway show or a performance at the Kravis, except that the talent comes to our residents instead of them going to it.” 

Fresh flowers grace the tables, colorful decorations set the tone, “and the lights are lowered to create the ambience of a nightclub dinner show,” Malanga says. “It’s a lovely evening with your friends around you at your table.”

More than a hundred residents regularly attend. 

Because the shows take place on campus, the weather doesn’t matter. And what technically qualifies as an evening “in” becomes an elegant evening “out.” 

Residents pay only for cocktails plus a modest $35 up-charge for the entertainment.

And, while Devonshire’s culinary department creates an extra-special menu for each Cabaret, there’s no charge for dinner because a meal each day is one of the many amenities included in a resident’s monthly service fee. 

The 2015 Cabaret lineup

Dance Alive National Ballet will literally and figuratively kick off the Cabarets with a program designed especially for Devonshire. The much-acclaimed Florida-based company will showcase selections that range from traditional Bolshoi to jazz-influenced and contemporary ballet.  

In February, Malanga will open the dance floor because when Sounds of Soul takes the stage, audience members won’t be able to sit still. They might even find themselves mirroring the performers’ dance steps.

Sounds of Soul’s six vocalists reprise the hits and the moves of Motown and beyond. They’ve earned rave reviews from audiences across the country, and each also boasts an impressive resume as an individual artist. 

The most unique Cabaret might be the March performance by Cirquesco. According to its website, “Cirquesco is a treat for all the senses. Combining the magical artistry of a European circus with the flirtatious camp of burlesque, [it’s] an intimate and tasteful evening of song, dance, humor, and…acrobatics.”

Juilliard-trained singer-impressionist Paul Tanner, who has performed for audiences from Las Vegas to Broadway and around the globe, will bring the Cabaret season to a close in April. 

Tanner’s forté is capturing the sound and singing style of notable artists in nearly every musical genre, including Nat King Cole, Engelbert Humperdink, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Neil Diamond. 

Audience members enjoy another perk of Devonshire’s exclusive lifestyle: Cabaret performers always stay to chat with them after the show.

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