reviewed by Adam Crowe

This post-Holiday weekend’s adventure was to make my first visit to The Cat in Carmel. Located in the Design District, The Cat serves as a space for multiple arts groups in Hamilton County (and beyond). This weekend The Cat is home to The Magic Thread Cabaret and their production Katy Gentry – Judy Garland Live. It is a cabaret NOT to be missed.

Regular readers may recognize Miss Gentry as the winner of an ASOTA MITTY Award, for Best Actress in a Lead Role, when she last played Judy Garland in Beyond the Rainbow at Actor’s Theatre of Indiana. Here, in a relaxed cabaret setting, Gentry neither mimics nor impersonates Garland. Instead, between stories of her own life and her feelings of connection to Judy Garland, Miss Gentry employs many of the late Star’s vocal mannerisms and phrasing in singing some of Garland’s beloved classics. As Miss Gentry said in a recent edition of the Carmel Current: “I will be dressed as Katy and talking like Katy, but when we feature the songs, Judy will arrive. It’s a performance that allows me to share some of my connections with Judy. Then I go into her (persona) and bring her spirit out in the songs.”


And bring it she does! From “The Boy Next Door” all the way through “Over the Rainbow”, Miss Gentry covers a remarkable variety of Garland classics in a way that, while reminiscent of the legend, also allows Gentry’s own star power to shine through. Accompanied by Magic Thread’s Artistic Director Dustin Klein on keyboards, Christian Starnes on Bass and Greg Wolff on percussion, this production provides a delightful evening of song and touching stories of life and art intersecting. The Opening Night crowd certainly agreed with me, offering the performers a well deserved standing ovation.

Katy Gentry – Judy Garland Live runs THIS WEEKEND ONLY. Seating at the CAT is a bit limited, so I encourage you to get your tickets without delay. The CAT is located at 254 Veterans Way in Carmel. Tickets may be purchased by visiting the website or by calling (800) 838-3006.

As always, I send my gratitude to Ken for another chance to catch some of Central Indiana’s finest stage talent. This weekend, I also offer gratitude to Magic Thread Cabaret, Klein and Alvarez Productions, and Miss Katy Gentry – for providing a captivating evening of cabaret!