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Department of Theatre Alumna Lauren Stanford to Return for a Special Cabaret Performance

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The University of Kansas Department of Theatre and the Friends of the Theatre will present “More Than You Know: A Helen Morgan Cabaret” in the Robert Baustian Theatre, Saturday, April 5 at 7:30. Written and performed by alumna Lauren Stanford, this one-night-only performance will benefit the Friends of the Theatre (FROTH) Student Enrichment Fund.

General admission tickets are on sale now at the University Theatre ticket office and online at www.kutheatre.com. Tickets are also available by calling the University Theatre, (785) 864-3982. Tickets are $15 for the public and $10 for all students. All major credit cards are accepted.

More Than You Know: A Helen Morgan Cabaret was originally part of The Emerging Artists Theatre New Works Series in New York. Described as a dramatic recreation of Morgan's cabaret act, the show contains many songs the prohibition-era chanteuse was famous for singing, such as Jerome Kern's "Bill" and "Why Was I Born."

A quintessential torch singer, Helen Morgan made a big splash in the Chicago club scene in the 1920s. A draped-over-the-piano look became her signature while performing at Billy Rose's Backstage Club in 1925. In spite of the National Prohibition Act of 1919 outlawing alcohol in the United States, Morgan became a heavy drinker and was often reportedly drunk during these performances. It is even remarked that her trademark of performing while perched on top of a piano was because she was often too drunk to stand up. She is best known for starring as Julie LaVerne in the original Broadway production of Hammerstein and Kern's musical Show Boat in 1927 as well as in the 1932 Broadway revival and two film adaptations.

Kansas City native Lauren Stanford is an actress and cabaret artist currently living in New York City. She recently won the 2013 MetroStar Talent Challenge. Open to performers of all ages and backgrounds who have not played a major engagement at The Metropolitan Room, "MetroStar" encourages singers to present well-rounded stage performances in which creativity, innovation and authenticity are prized over vocal fireworks.

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