Posted Dec. 21, 2015 at 10:33 PM
Rochester-based actress and singer Janine Mercandetti will perform a one-woman cabaret show, "Janine Mercandetti: Out of Costume" Dec. 31 at the JCC CenterStage in Brighton.
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"Janine Mercandetti: Out of Costume"/"Big Wigs"
Rochester actress Janine Mercandetti's roles in local productions are many and varied: The Witch in "Into the Woods" at JCC CenterStage. The title character's anguished mother in "The Who's Tommy" at Blackfriars. Woman 1 and 2 in assorted performances of "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" at Nazareth and Downstairs Cabaret. That's naming just a few.
On New Year's Eve at the Hart Theatre in the JCC, Mercandetti puts the costumes and makeup aside for a different role — Mercandetti herself. "Janine Mercandetti: Out of Costume" is the actress and vocalist's first cabaret performance, a one-woman show — though with a guest appearance by local drag star Mrs. Kasha Davis, an alumna of "RuPaul's Drag Race." MaryJayne Waddell directs and co-created the show with Mercandetti.
"Out of Costume" will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 30 and Dec. 31 at JCC CenterStage's Hart Theatre in the Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester, 1200 Edgewood Ave., Brighton. Tickets are $26 for reserved seating ($24 for JCC members, $20 for students). To reserve tickets, call 585-244-0600 or visit www.jccCenterStage.org.
The "Big Wigs" show — featuring Mrs. Kasha Davis and Aggy Dune in a tribute to such icons as Tina, Cher, Barbra, Celine, Liza and many more — is at 9 p.m. after Mercandetti's show. Tickets are $29 ($27 JCC members); visit www.jcccenterstage.org.
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