ArtsWest Cabaret Series—After Hours with Mathew Wright

Broadway may have Kristin Chenoweth, but Seattle has Jessica Skerritt who is just as talented and vivacious—and she has longer legs! Last night (July 27) she was on stage at ArtsWest singing, laughing, and dishing with ArtsWest Artistic Director Mathew Wright, and what a treat it was.

This was the second in the theatre’s new summer Monday night cabaret series, and if the remaining three are nearly as good, you shouldn’t miss them. August 3 brings Cayman Ilika to the stage. Laura Griffith and Katherine Strohmaier appear on the following Monday nights.

The charm of the program is the easy banter that takes place between Matt and his guest. Last night they shared stories of their theatre history both in Seattle and elsewhere, talked about growing up and getting into the “business,” revealed some of the incidents they’d rather forget as well as some of their favorite experiences.

When they aren’t talking, they make music. What many of us didn’t know was that Matt is a highly trained and superb pianist. Together they brought alive songs from the musicals that Jessica most enjoyed as well as some numbers “we listened to when we were kids.”

It’s an intimate and informal program. The first two evenings in this series sold out, so if you are interested, you might want to order your tickets ahead of time.

“After Hours with Mathew Wright” at ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave., SW, Seattle, (206 938-0339 or www.artswest.org)

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