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Cabaret singing is a misunderstood art form. It requires more than just singing the song; the vocalist has to inhabit the song, making it both personal and universal so that the lyrics are both old friends and a surprise. And it has to be done live, without a shred of pretense or artifice. The St. Louis Cabaret Festival (July 30 through August 2) brings in some of the most accomplished practitioners of the style every year, and the 2014 installment is no different. Faith Prince, Ann Hampton Callaway, Billy Stritch and Marilyn Maye are on the bill, and each of them will bring something new and exciting to the stage. Callaway, who you may know as the composer and singer of the theme song for Fran Drescher's The Nanny, performs The Streisand Songbook at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at the Sheldon Concert Hall (3648 Washington Boulevard; 314-534-1111 or www.thecabaretproject.org). Tickets to her show are $40 to $65.
Thu., July 31, 8 p.m., 2014

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