Hammond – A fun-filled way to support two good causes is coming to town on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. “Breakfast in Paris, Martinis in Manhattan: A Cabaret” is a unique fundraiser and musical program organized by the Friends of Sims Library and the Columbia Theatre.

Raynel Shepard sings the immortal songs of Paris and New York, accompanied by New Orleans entertainer Harry Mayronne on piano.

Guests will be treated to such favorites as “C’est Si Bon,” “I love Paris,” “La Vie en Rose,” “Autumn in New York,” “I Get a Kick out of You,” and “The Lady is a Tramp,” evoking the sights, sounds and sensations of both cities.

Raynel Shepard comes from a musical family with deep roots in New Orleans. A singer and performer since the age of 14, she has recently returned to her familial and musical roots, dividing her time between New Orleans and Boston, performing regularly in both venues.

Her repertoire includes cabaret, show tunes, jazz standards, bossa nova, and blues. With her sultry voice, beautiful sense of rhythm and haunting interpretation of ballads, she offers a musical experience you will never forget!

Harry Mayronne is the composer/co-producer of the long-running musical comedy “Waiting Around - The Restaurant Musical,” written with Ricky Graham, which was performed both in New Orleans and off-Broadway.

As a pianist/musical director, Harry has played in many venues, from New Orleans and New York to West Virginia’s Greenbrier Resort and Berlin.

A skilled marionette designer and puppeteer, he recently had his first gallery showing of marionettes in the French Quarter.

Tickets for the cabaret are $40 each, and in addition to the show include two signature cocktails created by Jacmel Inn.

Additional drinks will be available at a cash bar. You can purchase tickets online at http://connect.southeastern.edu/cabaret or via check payable to Southeastern Foundation. (Mail checks to Friends of Sims Library, SLU 10896, Hammond, LA 70402).

Since seating is limited, advance reservations are required by Monday, January 30. Tickets will be held at the box office of the Columbia Theatre. No tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, call Janie Branham at Sims Library at 985-549-2186.

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