Seattle’s own New York Bistro Award Winner Arnaldo! drag chanteuse will present a dinner/cabaret performance at Filipino Community of Seattle on Sept. 7.

Seattle’s own New York Bistro Award Winner Arnaldo! drag chanteuse will present a dinner/cabaret performance at Filipino Community of Seattle on Sept. 7.

The audience will experience a New York style cabaret that combines with classic piano performance and Arnaldo! drag chanteuse’s outstanding voice. Arnaldo!’s unique aspect of the show will bring audience back to an old fashioned cabaret in New York in the 1950s.

Arnaldo! started as a soloist with the Seattle Men’s Chorus(SMC) and has performed with the chorus in some of the major concert halls in the U.S., Europe, New Zealand and Australia.

When Arnaldo! started performing in drag, he was not sure how to name what he does. Taking deep consideration, he decided to combine the words “drag” and “chanteuse” after his stage name Arnald!. He began by performing for various fundraisers and smaller cabaret at first.

“People are quick to judge and once they see ‘drag,’ they either open or close the door,” Arnaldo! said. “I was very aware of this challenge before I started and that is one of the main reasons why I do what I do.”

In 1999, Arnaldo! started his one-person cabaret show series to sell-out crowds in Seattle’s Capitol Hill, Portland, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Puerto Vallarta, and New York. Arnaldo! has also collaborated with various directors, choreographers and songwriters in the Seattle area. Arnaldo! made his New York cabaret debut in 2007 and was soon honored with a New York Backstage Bistro Award in 2008.

This time Arnaldo! is back to Seattle and is about to present at “An Evening With Arnaldo! and Friends.” The show will start on Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

For non-English speakers, language barrier will not be an issue. Although the show will be in English, the audience will still be able to enjoy every moment of Arnaldo!’s performance no matter what language they speak.

Arnaldo! will sing American standard songs for the show. Guest performers from “Florodora Reimagined” and other local performers will also perform on stage.

www.dragchanteuse.com

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