Sacramento may be small, but when it comes to performing arts and musical theater, there is plenty to choose from. If you are looking for cabaret, this region offers the very best in quality entertainment. Whether you want a Broadway musical, a unique cabaret experience in an intimate setting or that classic lounge vibe, these local spots guarantee a great time with something for everyone. Grab a cocktail and settle in for enjoyable music and lots of fun.


Cosmopolitan Cabaret
1000 K St
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 557-1999

Operated by California Musical Theatre, Cosmopolitan Cabaret is the premier showcase of cabaret in northern California. The venue features an intimate setting where patrons can enjoy cocktails during the performance. With shows such as “Triple Espresso” and “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” Cosmopolitan Cabaret offers laughs, original songs and vaudeville-inspired ensembles. The attached restaurants and nightclub make Cosmopolitan Cabaret the perfect spot for an evening of food, dancing and classic cabaret entertainment.


Sacramento Theatre Company
1419 H St
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-6722

The Sacramento Theatre Company is a nationally-recognized professional theatre company and is one of the oldest and largest art institutions in the Sacramento area. STC presents “only the best classical, musical and contemporary plays.” The cabaret stage offers an intimate setting that allows the audience to be immersed in the music and be a part of the action. The 2012-2013 Broadway Cabaret Series will feature “Wouldn’t It Be Lovely,” “Ease On Down The Road” and “As If We Never Said Goodbye.” Enjoy the entire series for a discounted price of $60 for all three shows.


William J. Geery Theater

2130 L St
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 446-4618

Don’t let the small venue fool you – the Geery Theater offers some of the best cabaret entertainment in the region. Local Music Director Graham Sobelman regularly offers high-quality performances including “A Choose Your Own Adventure Cabaret” when the audience gets to decide the outcome of the show. All shows are backed by a live band and local singer/actress Nanci Zoppi. For a truly unique experience, the Geery Theater is a can’t-miss.

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Back Door Lounge
1112 Firehouse Alley
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 442-5751

If you are looking for that classic cabaret lounge feeling, the Back Door Lounge is the place for you. Located in Old Sacramento, the Back Door Lounge is the perfect combination of classic decor – dark wood, velvet and leather booths – cocktails and great music. Friday and Saturday nights, step back in time with Lee Diamond as he croons out Rat Pack hits. The atmosphere is cool and laid-back, the drinks are stiff and the staff is friendly.

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Davis Musical Theatre Company
607 Pena Drive
Davis, CA 95618
(530) 756-3682

The Davis Musical Theatre Company is the longest-running, year-round amateur musical theater company in California. DMTC strives to produce high-quality, family-oriented musicals at an affordable price. In addition to producing award-winning shows, the company also offers a variety of training classes as well as a teen cabaret program. The 2012-2013 season includes “City of Angels,” Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies” and “Urinetown.” Season tickets are available.

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