The Darien Arts Center's Cabaret Theatre will present versatile vocalist, Richard "Cookie" Thomas and his trio, for one-night only, Saturday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m.

The performance will take place in the Darien Arts Center's Weatherstone Studio, located in back of the Darien Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Road, Darien.

Thomas, who is well-known in this area for his smooth, rich, baritone voice, draws his inspiration from the likes of Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Johnny Hartman.

The crooner began singing doo-wop as a teenager on the street corners of Philadelphia in the 1960s. At 14, he got his first big gig, opening for B.B. King. During his formative years in the 1970s, Thomas worked at clubs, festivals and other venues with performers whose styles cut across the musical spectrum.

His current CD, "Touch You With A Song," produced and arranged by pianist John Di Martino, is a complement to his collection, which includes "The Pleasure Of Your Company" and "Holiday Classics," both arranged by pianist Lynne Arriale.

A Darien Cabaret Theatre's audience member, Joan Mitchell Carlo, will be the opening act for Thomas.

Carlo has performed for many years in regional theatre, summer stock, dinner theatre and children's theatre. She has toured nationally with theatre companies and has performed a variety of styles of theatre such as musical comedy, comedy, operetta and cabaret.

Most recently she took the stage for Summer Theatre of New Canaan in the role of Nettie in "Carousel." Previously with STONC, she appeared in the role of Mrs. Paroo in "The Music Man" and Mother Abbess in "The Sound of Music." She was an original cast member in "The Adventures of Zak" with The Magical Music for Life Foundation of New Canaan, and may also be heard on the original soundtrack. She and her husband John reside in Darien with their four children.

Purchase tickets online at or call the box office at 203-655-5414. All seats are reserved and food is not allowed in the theatre. Complimentary snacks will be provided as well as a contributions bar. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for full-time students.

Founded in 1975, and located directly behind the Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Road, the Darien Arts Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing visual and performing arts programs and events for the community. The DAC offers educational programs in dance, visual arts, theater, music and performances by the Darien Players and the Cabaret Theatre. The organization is funded by private donations, tuition fees and ticket sales. For more information, call 203-655-8683 or visit

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