Singer-actress Nancy Dussault is in love all over again 

It’s been musically stated that love is lovelier the second time around. So singer-actress Nancy Dussault — last seen in San Francisco in 1999 for “Threepenny Opera” at the American Conservatory Theater — will explore the thought for two nights at the Rrazz Room.

“Val and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary,” Dussault says, referring to her husband, director Valentine Mayer, “and we were both so proud of ourselves for achieving that number. In talking about how we met and what happened in our life together ... something happened ... again.

“Relationships go through cycles and you have to renew yourself. That’s what happened. I fell in love all over again, and I thought, ‘Why not do an act about it?’ There’s nothing sad, no drama. I just think it will be a wonderful evening.”

The two-time Tony nominee will be accompanied by Christopher Marlowe, who was pianist, musical director and close friend to the late Nancy LaMott.  “I remember the first time I went to see them and I thought, ‘Oooh! Who is he? I want him,’” Dussault says. “So I got him! He’s a brilliant musician and he really helped me.”

Having had success on both Broadway (“Bajour” with Chita Rivera and “Do Re Mi” with Phil Silvers) and television (“Too Close For Comfort” with Ted Knight), Dussault claims to have come to cabaret late in life because she was fearful.

“You really have to know yourself very well and you have to know music well,” she says. “Every move you make in a cabaret act is indicative of who you are — your taste, your style, your choices, all of that. I think that really scared me.”

Luckily, she got over it. And her most recent New York appearance had Michael Dale of calling her “an irresistible charmer.”

Dussault also sees her late entry to the genre as a wry blessing. “I don’t think you can really be fabulous as a cabaret performer until you are a little older,” she says.

By way of example, Dussault talks about seeing legendary cabaret singer Mabel Mercer for the first time. “At first, I didn’t get it ... get her,” Dussault says. “Toward the end, she sang ‘Both Sides Now’ and when she got to the last line — ‘I really don’t know life at all’ — there was absolute silence and then deafening applause. I thought to myself right then, ‘You must never sing that song before you’re 80!’”

If she heeds her own advice, Dussault’s Judy Collins tribute isn’t far off. She turns 75 on June 30.


Nancy Dussault

Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., San Francisco

When: 8 p.m. Monday-Tuesday


Contact: (800) 380-3095,

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Robert Sokol

Robert Sokol

Robert Sokol is the editor at BAYSTAGES, the creative director at VIA MEDIA, and a lifelong arts supporter. Diva wrangler, cinefiler, and occasional saloon singer, he has been touching showbiz all his life. (So far no restraining orders have been issued!)... more
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