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Gulfshore Playhouse Kicks Off Broadway Cabaret Performance Series

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Broadway star and Naples Native Lora Lee Gayer (left) and Director, Composer, Conductor and Pianist John McDaniel (right)

Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples will be transformed into a New York-style cabaret club for the month of February with a series of Broadway Cabaret performances featuring comedienne, singer and Ethel Merman enthusiast Klea Blackhurst; multi-award winning cabaret performer and actor Natalie Douglas; and Naples native and Broadway star Lora Lee Gayer!

Grammy and two-time Emmy winning director, composer and conductor John McDaniel will serve as Master of Ceremonies and pianist for all performances which from Feb. 11-28. McDaniel is perhaps most widely known for his role as producer, composer and band leader for all six seasons of the Rosie O’Donnell show on NBC.

We’ll get a sneak preview with Lora Lee Gayer, who performs Feb. 25-28) and John McDaniel ahead of Thursday’s opening performance, and learn about how these performers have been coping amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

John Davis has been a full-time Reporter/Producer for WGCU since 2009. He is the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition and producer and host for WGCU’s radio talk program Gulf Coast Live! John came to WGCU as an intern in 2007, and is now reporting on a broad spectrum of topics of interest to Southwest Florida. Prior to joining WGCU, he worked at WDUQ-FM in Pittsburgh, PA covering local government and general assignments.John studied journalism at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University. His work has garnered awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and a first place award and “Best in Show” from the Florida Associated Press for his investigative work in 2011.