August 29, 2013 | by Will Owen
Cabaret comeback
Nova Y. Payton, Dreamgirls, Lost Songs of Broadway, Signature Theatre, gay news, Washington Blade

Thursday’s show at 8 p.m. features Nova Y. Payton, a Signature actress who starred in ‘Dreamgirls’ among other credits. (Photo courtesy Signature Theatre)

Signature Theatre (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.) kicks off its first “Autumn Cabaret Festival” on Wednesday at 8 p.m. with performances by Broadway actress Chelsea Packard (“Wicked,” “Hands on a Hard Body”).

Signature was inspired by the popularity of its cabaret series to start the festival, which will continue through Sept. 21. Thursday’s show at 8 p.m. features Nova Y. Payton, a Signature actress who starred in “Dreamgirls” and performed in the theater’s “Sizzlin’ Summer Cabaret Series.”

Some of the festival’s other performers include funk, soul and rock band The Hustle, Broadway actress Heidi Blickenstaff and local blues artist, Levi Stephens.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online. All-access passes are $100 and can only be purchased at the box office. For more information, visit signature-theatre.org.

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