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A Sizzling Cabaret at the CIA: Mary Testa & Michael Starobin

Hyde Park, NY – Half Moon Theatre (HMT) presents award-winning Broadway sensations Mary Testa and Michael Starobin on Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Marriott Pavilion at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). Tickets for the show are $90 and include a delicious autumn meal prepared by CIA chefs.

This soulful duo brings a fresh take on great American standards from 1980’s pop to Broadway show tunes making for an electrifying cabaret! Mary Testa is a two-time Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award-winner. She has appeared in multiple Broadway shows, including 42nd Street, On the Town, Chicago, Xanadu, and Wicked. She has also appeared on television, including a legendary cameo appearance on Sex in the City. Since 1982, Testa has created four touring shows with collaborator and close friend Michael Starobin. Starobin is a Tony Award-winning orchestrator and nationally renowned musical director. His many Broadway credits over the past three decades include Next to Normal, Sunday in the Park with George, Annie, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, among others.

Mary Testa is a “performer of radioactive presence and has lungs of steel.”—The New York Times

“Testa and Starobin blew me away with their superb performances...a remarkable evening of truly incredible music.”—Broadway World

The following dinner will be served at each performance and is included with performance ticket:

Savory Macintosh Apple & Five Spoke Cheddar Tart; Frisee with Tarragon and Walnuts; Crisped Confit Duck Leg with Granny Smith Apple Risotto Cake, Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Aged Parmesan, and Spiced Cider Reduction; Apple & Cranberry Empanadas with Cinnamon Honey and Fresh Apple Salsa. (Vegetarian option is available)

Where: The CIA’s Marriott Pavilion, 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, NY 12538
When: Friday and Saturday, November 18–19 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $90 each. Purchase at or 845-235-9885

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The New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America is Half Moon Theatre’s home for the 2016–17 season. (Photo credit: Spencer Ainsley)
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Sara Capozzoli
Public Relations Director

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. 

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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