Tara Khaler - How a cruise ship production singer became a cabaret success

 

I've known Tara Khaler and he partner Joel Pierson, for many years and finally had the chance to interview them at their home in New York. The interview is split in two parts. Tara has sung around the world and throughout the United States including performances at Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall. Her theatre credits include Camelot, Phantom of the Opera, Man of La Mancha, Jekyll & Hyde, Aida, The Student Prince, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Grease, Singin' In The Rain, Will Roger's Follies, How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Sweet Charity, and 42nd Street. Having spent years as a production singer on cruise ships, Tara finally decided to go it alone with her own show.

Here part 2, She talks about the challenges of making the transition and how she took over a year to create her own show. Since she was already working on a ship, she was fortunate to have a lot of support from Cruise Directors and musicians to work on new material and slowly get her act together. Chat, or patter, was a challenge. Tara calls it, “the glue for the show,” and she shares advice on coming up with chat that is genuine in worth saying. Her best piece of advice, “Be prepared.”

Tara is one of the few Production Singers to go solo with her own act. For anyone thinking of doing the same thing, this is interview is packed with great information.