Arts & Entertainment

Broadway Star Benjamin Eakeley Presents Cabaret at the Short Hills Club

Credits: photo by Matthew Murphy

SHORT HILLS, NJ - COMMUNITY CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH presents BENJAMIN EAKELEY in a reprise of his solo cabaret debut, “BROADWAY SWINGER,” on May 15, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at the Short Hills Club in Short Hills, New Jersey. Benjamin Eakeley and his four-piece jazz band reinterpret classic songs from the 1960s in a lounge act that chronicles the American stage’s evolution from conservative to carefree. “BROADWAY SWINGER” is a groovy romp through the decade that gave us Oliver!, Cabaret, Hair and Promises, Promises. This swingin’ show explores life, love and everything in between.

“BROADWAY SWINGER” is directed by JV Mercanti (59E59’s Songbird, Broadway’s Romeo and Juliet) and music directed by James Olmstead (composer, NYMF’s Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist). Mr. Eakeley is accompanied by a four-piece jazz ensemble featuring piano, bass, drums and sax.

The Short Hills Club is located at 9-37 Lake Shore Dr, Short Hills, NJ 07078. Food stations and a cash bar open at 6:00 p.m., followed by the performance at 7:00 p.m. This is event is open to the public. Tickets are available for $40 per person, with optional donations toward Community Congregational Church’s outreach programs accepted. Attendees are asked to reserve their tickets by May 6. Tickets and information are available at

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BENJAMIN EAKELEY has appeared on Broadway in the revivals of Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, and On a Clear Day, You Can See Forever, and he will appear in the upcoming Roundabout revival of She Loves Me at Studio 54. In 2014 Time Out New York named him one of “The 10 Hottest Chorus Boys Opening in Broadway Musicals This Spring,” and he was later photographed in the December issue of Vanity Fair alongside Emma Stone and Alan Cumming. His television credits include “Orange Is The New Black,” “The Blacklist” and “The Good Wife,” and he has appeared in seven films, including The Good Shepherd and the upcoming The Erotic Fire of the Unattainable. He was also a national finalist in the Lotte Lenya Competition for Singers. BROADWAY SWINGER was performed earlier this year at Feinstein’s/54 Below, and marked Mr. Eakeley’s solo cabaret debut in New York.


Community Congregational Church, affiliated with the United Church of Christ, is a diverse family of God practicing the core Christian principles of kindness, acceptance, generosity, and service to community. We invite you to pursue your own spiritual journey with us in an environment of love and fellowship. No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome at Community Congregational Church. Community Congregational Church is located at 200 Hartshorn Drive, Short Hills, NJ 07078, and can be contacted at or (973) 379-5600. More information can be found at

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