Front Line Cabaret

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Front Line Cabaret strives to present the art of cabaret in a simple, honest way, in a variety of intimate venues.

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About Us

Front Line Productions strives to present the art of cabaret in a simple, honest way in a variety of intimate venues. There is no “fourth wall.” The audience participates in a direct conversation with the artist. Connection is key. By eliminating the “fourth wall,” a shared experience that is engaging, interactive and transformative is possible. We strive to close the literal and figurative gap between performer and audience creating an experience that is intimate and revealing. Our goal is to put both performer and audience on the artistic front line, where anything is possible.


James McQuillen

(Co-Artistic Director/Music Director)

James is a sought after conductor, music director and vocal coach who’s work has taken him from Vancouver, British Columbia to Nuremburg, Germany. Highlights include music direction of Whodunnit: The Musical for the Developmental Readings Series at the York Theater Company in NYC and The Girl of 10,000 Smiles at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival. In the Dallas area, James has music directed Grey Gardens, Violet, Little Shop of Horrors, Closer Than Ever, and Carrie: The Musical just to name a few. James has presented cabaret with Diana Sheehan at Water Tower Theater’s Out of the Loop Festival and the Sammons Center for the Arts Cabaret Series. Their new cd Nobody’s Hart: The Lyrics of Lorenz Hart is available from Quiver and Bow Records. In Addition, James has taught workshops for North Carolina Theater and has co-taught the musical theater interpretation class in the Department of Theater and Dance at the University of North Texas.

Jay Gardner

(Co-Artistic Director)

Jay is a versatile singer and actor who is equally at home in opera, musical theater and cabaret. Favorite roles include Judge Danforth in The Crucible, the Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd, Sam Polk in Susannah and the voice of Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors. Additional performances include the regional premier of Alan Menken and Tim Rice’s King David, Herr Schultz in Cabaret and Reuben in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Additionally, Jay has directed [title of show] for OhLook Performing Arts Center and both The Golden Age of Broadway and Bernstein on Broadway for the Crested Butte Music Festival. Most recently, Jay presented his cabaret Too Marvelous for Words: The Great American Songbook as part of Summerfest at The NOVA Center for the Performing Arts in Billings, Montana. In the Summer of 2014 Jay had the honor of being a Cabaret Fellow at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Cabaret and Performance Conference in New London, Connecticut where he studied with Barb Jungr and John McDaniel.

What's Next

Kamikaze Cabaret!
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Kamikaze Christmas Cabaret!
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Carole King: Tapestry
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Too Marvelous For Words: The Great American Songbook
Saturday, April 12, 2013
The Things We Did Last Summer
Saturday, September 20, 2014
The Ladies We Love
starring Sheran Goodspeed Keyton
Saturday, October 4, 2014
An Evening with Stephanie and David Brehm
Friday, November 21, 2014
A Kamikaze Christmas Cabaret!
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Simply Sondheim
Wednesday, March 25th, 2014
An Evening with Wendy and Willie Welch
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
David Gaschen
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Down That Road with Catherine Johnson
August 7 & 8, 2015
Songs For a New Century
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Fifty Shades of Yule
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Kamikaze Cabaret: Spring Fling!
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Support Us

Front Line Productions is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible.

Our Mission

To elevate and promote the art of cabaret;

To present the finest in professional cabaret performances;

To support the next generation of cabaret artists.

Ticket sales often cover less than 40% of the total cost of presenting high quality live performances. Your generosity will enable us to continue presenting top local talent and offer support to promising young newcomers in the art of cabaret performance. Thank you for supporting the arts in our community!

Gifts In Honor

Honor those people that mean so much to you in a unique way. Celebrate their birthday, anniversary or other accomplishments by giving to excellence in cabaret performance.

Memorial Gifts

Remember family, friends or colleagues by celebrating their life through the joy and excitement of live performance.

To give a gift by phone, please call our offices at 214-478-6796. You may also send a check by postal mail to:

Front Line Cabaret
P.O. Box 866204
Plano, Texas 75086

Let's Get In Touch!

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Co-Artistic Directors Jay Gardner and James McQuillen, please call or email us anytime.


Front Line Cabaret
P.O. Box 866204
Plano, Texas 75086