It really never fails.
Every summer, I hear from my friends at Hudson Stage about the incredible lineup of singers who are coming to their “Divas” event, the Briarcliff-based theater company’s annual fundraiser.
And every summer the event falls when I’m away on vacation.
We’re talking A-list, jaw-dropping talent here. Past “Divas” have included Audra McDonald, Beth Leavel, Karen Mason, LaChanze and Christine Andreas.
And, of course, those go-to divas, the sisters Callaway — Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway — from Croton-on-Hudson by way of Chicago.
Liz sort of has to be there, married as she is to Hudson Stage co-founder Dan Foster.
Ann says she plans to be at this year’s July 24 “Divas on Hudson” event — moved to a seven-acre estate on the Hudson in Montrose — “unless a possible European gig happens, but I’m pretty sure I will be on the bill.”
The bill is a last-minute sort of affair — check theater.lohudblogs.com for updates — as the talent that producers Denise Bessette, Olivia Sklar and Foster are able to draw is ever dependent on hectic performing schedules of some very in-demand singers.
It’s all to help Hudson Stage, coming off another successful season of readings and main-stage productions of David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Rabbit Hole” and John Kolvenbach’s “Love Song.”
While it might draw a who’s who of cabaret stars, the event is very midsummer casual, Liz says.
“There’s something relaxed about it,” she says. “You don’t have to get all dressed up. You can have a picnic and wine and then, immediately after the concert, hang out with the people you’ve just seen perform.”
It starts with wine and cheese, then the divas take the stage, then there’s dessert and a mix-and-mingle with the stars. Tickets are $100. This year, for an extra $25, diva-lovers can enjoy a separate tasting of higher-end vintages.
If it were just Liz and Ann — the former as non-diva a personality as you’re likely to find, the latter willing to adopt the title just to be cheeky — you’d have a great time.
They are fresh from wowing a Town Hall crowd with their bell-bottom cabaret show, “Boom!”
But there will be more, organizers promise.
If you show up, you’re bound to have a blast.
At least that’s what I hear.
“Divas on Hudson,” July 24 in Montrose. $100 wine-and-cheese, concert and dessert. If the weather threatens, a tent will be available. Visit www.hudsonstage.com or call 914-271-2811.