"THIS WAS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EVENT! WHAT A GREAT WAY TO CELEBRATE OUR ANNIVERSARY"!

CELEBRATE WITH A CUSTOM CABARET AT YOUR EVENT!
You're having a party, the food will be great, the guests are your favorite people, the event is an anniversary, or birthday, or just 'cause, for you or someone you love. What could make the evening complete? How about a surprise performance completely revolving around the guests of honor. Their family, their life's work and play, their favorite songs, including original songs written just for them! All this with humor and lots of great music.

STARRING ONE OF CHICAGO'S PREMIER CABARET AND EVENT SINGERS!
WHAT A GREAT GIFT!


"Dear Charlene, you are a real star! You made everyone feel so good. However, the best thing is how much You wanted this Show to be a winner. And boy was it!" Mary Schreibstein

Dear Charlene, words cannot express how thrilled I was that you were available to help me celebrate my birthday. You made my party a huge success. I could have listened to your lovely voice all night. I loved the songs that you sang. You brought happiness and a big smile to my face. My friends adored you. and I greatly appreciate the time and effort you put into making my event one that I will long remember.
Thank you soooo much.
Sincerely,
Linda Robin


Charlene, The combination of your lovely voice and the wit and sensitivity that you have is just amazing! You have it all Charlene! You are so blessed.
Words are not enough to express how truly grateful I am that you were able to do this for us and we will never forget it!
Love, Love, Love, Marilyn Klein


“This was a grand performance.
Charlene has an amazing voice, and her tales bring
down the house”
.....T. Shuman, Cabaret Hotline

“Thanks so much, what a fabulous performance!
Everyone loved it! May angels kiss you as they have kissed
your vocal cords!”
……….....Rita Herskovitz

“The only thing that exceeds Charlene’s talent and
ability to make an event special, is my appreciation”
...Susan Bass

The totally engaging Brooks is sure to charm the
the audience"
...Pioneer Press

CUSTOM CABARET

RECENT ARTICLE IN
CHICAGO TRIBUNE-TRIB LOCAL
06/30/09 By: James Juliano

Brooks Adds Music to Every Occasion

Charlene Brooks, cabaret performer, creates a unique musical experience for any special event with Custom Cabaret. Everyone has seen Bette Midler’s final serenade of Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show” where Midler, to the tune of “You Made Me Love You,” encapsulated Carson’s life, career and quirks in the lyrics. It is one of the most beloved TV moments and one of Midler’s favorite experiences. Now you or a loved one or couple can have this same once in a lifetime experience from cabaret performer and Skokie resident Charlene Brooks.

Charlene Brooks, utilizing her strengths as comedian, musician and lyricist, creates a unique party event that she calls Custom Cabaret. This is a personalized musical tribute to a person or persons celebrating a milestone birthday, retirement, or couples celebrating engagements, weddings, anniversaries, any special moment in a person’s life. Working directly with the person, friend or family member to learn the intricate details of the guest of honor’s life, Brooks incorporates favorite music stylings to create the script and the perfect music to produce a unique cabaret performance specifically tailored to that person or couple and then performs it at your event with live music accompaniment.

The impetus for Custom Cabaret came when an enthusiastic fan of Brooks asked her to create a show for her daughter’s engagement party. She immediately accepted the challenge and took her many years of being on stage and her extensive knowledge of music, interviewed friends of the daughter and fiancé and created a unique, individualized performance. The strong response from the couple and the audience made Brooks realize that people like being the recipient of this most original gift! Mary Schreibstein of Glencoe had Brooks create a Custom Cabaret and raves about the performance, “Charlene customized her Cabaret Show for our party. She used song, words, humor, wit and her unique talents to entertain and truly captivate all who were there. Charlene is full of energy, fun, warmth and passion. Combined with her beautiful voice, she is a gem!!! It was a show that made our hearts sing!”

“Custom Cabaret is a natural progression in my career. It allows me to be creative and continue to do what I love to do, which is sing,” says Brooks. “I am thrilled knowing I am creating a special moment in time for someone as well as their guests with a very personal and personalized gift just for them.”

Charlene Brooks is a Chicago born singer, cabaret performer, writer, lyricist, and actress. Her voice has been compared to Barbra Streisand’s with classic jazz and Broadway stylings. Comedy is strongly incorporated into her one woman shows she has performed in cabarets, theaters, and fairs throughout the country. “Brooks on Broadway,” “Life Stinks! (and other things my mother taught me)..,” “Gersheim”, a tribute to George Gershwin and Stephen Sondheim that recently sold out the Skokie Theatre, “Brooks Sings Barbra Streisand,” “You Call That Love?,” are among her sellout shows. In addition, for years, she has been performing with the most successful bands in Chicago at corporate and private parties.

Brooks is delighted in being part of these special occasions and learning many interesting and fun facts about the people she is honoring. The best part for Brooks is that she is able to give a unique gift to everyone at the party. She may not win an Emmy like Midler but the smiles, laughter and tears brought by Custom Cabaret are just as good, or maybe better!

To arrange a Custom Cabaret with Brooks contact her at 847.721.6076 or charlenebrooks.com. Following her solo-out spring performance, Brooks returns to the Skokie Theatre in “Charlene Brooks Sings Barbra Streisand,” November 7. Tickets are available by calling 847.677.7761 or going to Skokietheatre.org.


MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS CUSTOM CABARET?
Charlene, using her strengths as a comedian, musician, and lyricist, creates a unique party event. Custom cabaret is a personalized musical tribute to a
person celebrating a milestone birthday, retirement, or couples celebrating engagaments, weddings, anniversaries. Any special moment in a person's life can be the creative impetus for Custom Cabaret. Working directly with the person, friend or family member to learn the intricate details of the guest of honor's life. Brooks incorporates favorite music stylings to create the script and the perfect music to create a unique cabaret performance specifically to that person or couple.

HOW DID THIS CONCEPT BEGIN?
An enthusiastic fan of Charlene asked her to create a show for her daughter’s engagement party. Brooks accepted the challenge and took her many years of being on stage and her extensive knowledge of music, interviewed friends of the daughter and fiancé and created a unique, individualized performance. The strong response from the couple and the audience made Brooks realize that people like being the recipient of this most original gift!

WHAT KIND OF PARTIES ARE BEST SUITED FOR THIS TYPE
OF ENTERTAINMENT?

Any celebration, such as anniversaries, birthdays, engagement or retirment parties, or simply a gathering in acknowledgment of someone special can be the setting for Custom Cabaret.


WHEN WOULD A CUSTOM CABARET SHOW FIT INTO MY PARTY?
Charlene works extensively with the host to create the perfect moment for Custom Cabaret. Imagine a dinner party, luncheon, or cocktail party as your guests are enjoying themselves and the event, then the announcement is made, that there is now going to be a special performance designed specifically for your guest of honor.

HOW WOULD THIS SHOW BE TAILORED JUST FOR ME?
The honoree’s favorite songs or style of music is of prime importance. The information you share with Charlene about the honoree, his or her background, special interests, family members, profession, and amusing stories, will all be transformed into clever and entertaining patter during the performance.

HOW MANY MUSICIANS WILL I NEED?
The number of musicians is based on what you would desire for the event. From solo piano, to a piano, bass, drum trio, and guitar and horns are available to provide music during your event and during the Custom Cabaret performance.


HOW LONG IS THE SHOW?
Custom Cabaret runs a recommended thirty minutes. Every evening is designed to your specifications, and the time frame is always flexible.

WHAT PRACTICAL THINGS DO I NEED TO PROVIDE?
You need not have your own piano, only a party and a reason to celebrate.

WHO IS CHARLENE BROOKS?
Chicago born singer, cabaret performer, writer, lyricist, and
actress, Charlene Brooks, whose voice has been compared to Barbra Streisand, with classic jazz and Broadway stylings. Comedy is strongly incorporated into her One Woman shows she has performed in Cabarets, theaters, and Fairs throughout the country.
“Brooks on Broadway”, “Life Stinks! (and other things my mother taught me)..”, “Gersheim”, a tribute to George Gershwin and Stephen Sondheim, “Brooks Sings Barbra Streisand”, “You Call That Love?”,
are among her sellout shows.
In addition, for years, she has been performing with the most successful bands in Chicago at corporate and private parties.

“Charlene is a brilliant performer. She performed my
mother's favorite songs, with such energy and grace, we felt
they were her favorite songs too”
..............Paul Graller

“Charlene customized her Cabaret Show for our party. She used song, words, humor, wit and her unique talents to entertain and truly captivate all who were there. Charlene is full of energy, fun, warmth and passion. Combined with her beautiful voice, she is a gem!!! It was a show that made our hearts sing!”........................................Mary Schreibstein


“Your show touched home for me”.....Morry Lieberfeld