After a year of show cancellations and darkened theaters due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Magic Thread Cabaret will present to a pair of homegrown artists for a special virtual show to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Friends and fellow New York theater performers Cory Lingner and Melissa Schott will star in “La La Love,” presented on the Phoenix Theatre Cultural Centre’s mainstage. It will be livestreamed at 8 p.m. Feb. 11 and available on demand Feb. 12-14.
Magic Thread Cabaret is a brand of Klein & Alvarez Productions, LLC.
“I have missed the creative opportunity to present our shows to Indy audiences since the pandemic hit us last year,” Artistic Director Dustin Klein stated. “I hope people will make an effort to buy an online ticket to support our newest endeavor, ‘La La Love.’ I have always loved the idea of a Valentine’s show and we are honored to have two of our past headliners joining up for some classic love songs.
“Cory Lingner and Melissa Schott both will provide much-needed heart, razzle-dazzle and joyful showmanship, with tap dancing and singing for you and your special someone.”
Lingner, a 2009 University High School graduate, returned to Indianapolis when the pandemic closed Broadway in March 2020. His Broadway credits include “Carousel,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “An American in Paris” and “On the Town.” He was cast as The Jester in the Off-Broadway revival of “Once Upon A Mattress,” which earned him an Astaire Award nomination.
On TV, Lingner has appeared on Saturday Night Live, the Tony Awards, Today Show, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Hulu’s “The Battery’s Down.”
Lingner is eager to get back on stage after his Magic Thread Cabaret debut at The Cat in Carmel broke box-office records in the spring of 2019.
“I’m so looking forward to this creative collaboration for many reasons,” Lingner stated “Getting the chance to perform in a safe environment since our industry has essentially been shut down and performing alongside my friend Melissa Schott, I’m just so thankful for this opportunity. I’m sure everyone who tunes in will have a great time.”
Schott grew up in New Palestine.
The lineup features some of history’s most beloved love songs, making for a perfect date night for Valentine’s Day, to be enjoyed live or on demand from home or anywhere.
“While I’m going to miss performing in front of a live audience, knowing we are bringing this concert to people around the world is very special,” Schott, stated. “I’m just so excited to be back on stage.”
“La La Love” is sponsored by Noble Consulting and Frank and Katrina Basile. Multicamera video production is provided by Lingner Video & Design, LLC.