The only thing missing will be the cigarette smoke.
Cabaret Nights, organized by Theatre Charleston, starts late Saturday, at 10:30 p.m., and fea- tures local performers who will re-create the golden age of the nightclub.
The Woolfe Street Playhouse, between King and Meeting streets in the emergent Upper King Street arts corridor, is hosting the event.
The show, called “Under the Spotlight,” will surely include spotlights, and lots of throaty singing.
“We have such a talented pool of actors and singers in the Charleston area,” Emily Wilhoit, executive director of Theatre Charleston, said in a statement.
“Even with all the fantastic thea- ter being produced in town, these actors are eager for more oppor- tunities to share their favorite pieces.”
The music will draw from the Great American Songbook and popular Broadway tunes, old and new.
Cabaret Nights started last winter as a service to the members of Theatre Charleston, an alliance of organizations created to support, advocate and promote Charleston’s theater community.
The event provides an outlet for local talent to perform songs and scenes from new shows or from shows rarely produced locally, and to offer a sneak peek of an upcoming production or two.
Past Cabaret Nights have been private affairs, but due to popular demand, Theatre Charleston is opening these evenings of entertainment to the public.
“We’ve seen such incredible per-formances in the past, it seemed unfair to continue to allow these nights to be an industry secret,” Wilhoit said.
The late start time for “Under the Spotlight” will allow patrons and artists to participate in a scheduled regular production before joining the festivities at the Woolfe Street Playhouse.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on the Theatre Charleston website, www.theatrecharleston.com, or at the door.