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Half Moon Theatre presents “Cover Girl,” a Cabaret at the CIA

Hyde Park, NY – Half Moon Theatre, the Hudson Valley’s regional professional theatre company, continues to celebrate its 10th anniversary season in 2017. On Saturday, March 4 the hottest NYC musicians will accompany Drama Desk Award winner and Broadway performer, Denise Summerford in a show-stopping evening of live music and delicious food at The Culinary Institute of America’s Marriott Pavilion.

Broadway actress and “cover” to the stars Denise Summerford will perform popular songs that have been creatively reworked into a variety of musical genres such as swing, jazz, dixie, folk, blues, and classic rock. Summerford’s unique and exciting performance will feature songs such as Bill Withers “Ain’t No Sunshine,” Peggy Lee's “Fever,” Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself,” and Meghan Trainor’s “All About that Bass.” The show is musically directed by Vito Petroccitto.

Denise Summerford has appeared on Broadway in such shows as the musical Taboo, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Saturday Night Fever, and Grease. She received a Drama Desk Award for her work in the a cappella musical In Transit and was in the original cast of the off-Broadway musical Shout! Summerford is also the co-director of the Half Moon Theatre School of the Arts.

A Cabaret at the CIA would not be complete without a world-class dining experience! Tickets to Cover Girl will include an exclusive dining experience at the newest pop-up restaurant at the CIA: Post Road Brew House. The Post Road Brew House offers CIA brews, local craft beers, Hudson Valley wines and spirits, and gastro pub fare that redefines deliciousness. It is conveniently located on the CIA campus, just steps away from the Marriott Pavilion. For more information on the Post Road Brew House, visit

What: Cover Girl: Cabaret at the CIA
When: Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Marriott Pavilion at the CIA
Tickets: $75 per person (dinner is included)
Information: Visit or call 845-235-9885

Photo Caption:

Drama Desk Award winner and Broadway performer Denise Summerford brings her cabaret to the The Culinary Institute of America. “Cover Girl: Cabaret at the CIA” on March 4, 2017 is part of the Half Moon Theatre’s 10th anniversary season, based at the Marriott Pavilion on the CIA’s Hyde Park, NY campus. (Photo courtesy: Half Moon Theatre)

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About Half Moon Theatre
Founded in 2006, Half Moon Theatre (HMT) is the Hudson Valley’s only year-round professional theater company. HMT brings plays and musicals from Broadway and Off-Broadway to the Mid-Hudson region and supports the development of new work by American playwrights, composers and lyricists. The mainstage season is presented at the Marriott Pavilion on The Culinary Institute of America campus in Hyde Park, NY. HMT also operates a School of the Arts and a Studio Theatre in Poughkeepsie, NY. HMT Education cultivates a new generation of theater artists and fans through in-school residencies, theater classes, and professional training programs. The HMT Junior Company creates and performs free shows at hospitals, senior centers and community events. Performances, education and outreach programs serve over 15,000 youth and adults annually, enhancing the quality of life for local residents while also promoting tourism in the Hudson Valley. HMT is the recipient of the 2015 Dutchess County Tourism Arts Award of Distinction and 2014 Dutchess County Executive’s Arts Organization of the Year by Arts Mid-Hudson. Visit

About The Culinary Institute of America
Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers bachelor’s degree majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; and executive education through its Food Business School. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of 49,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food business. The CIA has campuses in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

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