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Gabs Sings Babs

Starring Gabi Epstein with accompanist Mark Camilleri July 9th at 7pm – July 10th at 2pm & 7pm Location: 57 St. Lawrence St., Collingwood In this intimate show multi-award winning stage and cabaret performer Gabi Epstein (“Gabs”) shares her own journey of self-discovery using reimagined rearranged versions of Barbra Streisand’s greatest hits. Best known for playing Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors at the Stratford Festival and Fanny Brice in Funny Girl both in Toronto and Montreal, Gabi honours her favourite performer in this part life story, part musical tribute by addressing themes of person vs. persona and influence vs. imitation as she explores the impact of “Babs”‘s life on her own career and how much of herself she must preserve in order to remain authentically “Gabs”. Audiences will enjoy new exciting versions of Don’t Rain on My Parade, People, Papa Can You Hear Me, Happy Days are Here Again, The Way We Were, AND MORE! A touching, reflective, and (of course) FUNNY show “Gabs Sings Babs” reminds us to remain true to ourselves by celebrating what makes us unique. GABI EPSTEIN Hailed “Canada’s Queen of Cabaret” by CTV, Gabi is a DORA winner and one of Canada’s leading stage/cabaret performers best known for playing Audrey in “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Stratford Festival and Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl” at the Segal Centre and for the Harold Green Jewish Theatre. She is thrilled to be bringing “Gabs Sings Babs” a personal love letter to Barbra Streisand, the theatre community, and herself to the wonderful audiences of Collingwood. Selected other credits include “Once” (Mirvish– DORA AWARD Ensemble/Production), “Billy Elliot”(Stratford), “Home for the Holidays” (Grand Theatre), “Prom Queen” (Segal Centre), “FAM JAM” (Porchside Songs, Musical Stage co.), “Fiddler on the Roof” (Stage West/Capitol Theatre), “Sweeney Todd”, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”, “Candide”, “Dani Girl” (TIFT), “The Sound of Music”, “Blood Brothers” “Perfect Wedding” (Drayton), “We Will Rock You” (Magnus Theatre), “To Life” (HGJT– DORA AWARD Nomination Outstanding Performance), “Toy Story the Musical” as an original company member (Disney), and way too many concerts to mention. She will be performing the role of Roz in “9 to 5: The Musical” at the Capitol Theatre in Port Hope this summer. Gabi’s two albums “Gabs Sings Babs” and “Show Off” are on Spotify & iTunes (and for sale after the show) and her famous “Gabarets” have been performed all over North America (“Best Cabaret of the Year” by the Times Square Chronicles in NYC). “Gabs Sings Babs” (the stage show) debuted at the Toronto Jazz Festival in 2015 and has subsequently been performed at the Segal Centre, Globus Theatre, and just opened the Port Stanley Festival Theatre’s season this past spring. Gabi and her husband Jeremy Lapalme are the co-founders of “The New Local: Dine In, Sing Out” which partners with local restaurants to provide live virtual dinner & show events. Thank you for supporting the arts! Instagram: @gabifayepstein –  Mailing list: GENERAL SEATING – BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR! Follow @porchsidefestival on Instagram for the most current, up-to-date information!