Early demand for tickets to see Cabaret at The Commons’ recently announced winter/spring lineup has been more than twice as heavy as normal, organizers say.

The cabaret concert by Columbus native Mary Claire King, a singer and actress, has already sold more than 300 tickets. Her show date this week was rescheduled from March 22 to Feb. 15 because of a conflict with a role King has at a Connecticut theater.

King helped launch the cabaret series Jan. 8, 2015, before a then-capacity crowd of 400 people, although a new configuration now allows for slightly more than that.

Shows with bluesy, jazzy singer Spencer Day on Jan. 18 and British novelty act the Puppini Sisters April 19 each have sold more than 250 tickets, according to the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, which schedules the cabaret series.

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“We are absolutely thrilled with the response to our cabaret lineup this series,” said Katelyn Ice, marketing director for the Philharmonic. “We’re attracting the same talent you’d see in L.A. or New York City at a much lower cost, and Columbus recognizes that value. We’re extremely lucky to have such a supportive community — a community that knows great music when they hear it.”

VIP tickets, which are closest to the stage in the first three rows of tables and also include admittance to a post-concert meet-and-greet, have already sold out for Day’s show.

Like King, Day is making a return engagement to the Columbus cabaret series, having first performed Jan. 28, 2016.

Single-concert tickets went on sale Tuesday following availability of the three-concert package that debuted in December. All of the tickets for this series are table seats. A $20 non-table ticket in the venue’s back rows included in most recent Cabaret series is not available for these shows.

A second change is eliminating a dinner option for now, since organizers said demand for meals at the shows was not as strong as initially expected.

Three-concert season tickets are available at $115 for preferred and $170 for VIP, according to the orchestra website at thecip.org.

The orchestra teams with The Cabaret in Indianapolis on the series, which has featured artists ranging from Tony Award-winning Broadway stars to “Dancing With the Stars” winner Rumer Willis. Average attendance for the performances is nearly 300 people, according to the orchestra.

Cabaret leaders in Indianapolis and Columbus both have labeled the concert series a success, and a number of regular attendees have favorably compared the shows to similar productions presented in metro areas from New York City to San Francisco — with easier parking, lower-priced tickets and better overall access than in much larger areas.


Come to the cabaret

Pricing: Only $40 tickets are left for the Jan. 18 show with Spencer Day. And the $60 VIP tickets for Mary Claire King’s rescheduled Feb. 15 show are available by phone only. Both $40 and $60 tickets are available for the Puppini Sisters on April 19.

For tickets: Call 812-376-2638 or visit thecip.org.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.