Artist of the day: Michael Raabe
Michael Raabe is music director of the moment in Tampa Bay area theater. At Freefall Theatre, he is playing piano and leading the band in a smashing production of Cabaret, fast on the heels of his doing the same, but in a very different kind of show, for American Stage in the Park performances of The Rocky Horror Show. Other musicals Raabe has worked on in the past year or two include Grey Gardens and Man of La Mancha at Freefall and Pump Boys and Dinettes at New American Theater.
On Sunday night, he turns his hand to performing a concert with singer Sara DelBeato. On the Cabaret set, the duo will delve into the songs of summer with a program they call "Too Darn Hot!"
"We'll do some Beach Boys songs, like God Only Knows," he says. "We'll do some interesting mashups, putting songs together like The Boy From Ipanema with Blister in the Sun by the Violent Femmes."