On TV, she's the former Dunder Mifflin Vice President and awkward ex-lover of bumbling Michael Scott.
But Melora Hardin has also starred in Broadway's "Chicago" and has lately made a strong name for herself musically in cabaret club circles. Her new CD, "All the Way to Mars," includes her own songs as well as takes on Broadway songs familiar (the ubiquitous "I Dreamed a Dream") and surprising ("Raise the Roof" from "The Wild Party"). Hardin will be here April 10-11.
She's probably the most familiar face on the yet-to-be-announced Cabaret at the Columbia Club schedule. The Cabaret, settling into its new Monument Circle digs, will also present Amanda McBroom, the singer/songwriter best known for writing "The Rose," on March 5-6. May 21-22 brings back Broadway star Liz Callaway, who offered an outstanding musical set last season.
Cabaret captain Shannon Forsell will offer a solo Valentine's concert Feb. 12 and return in late March for a shared show with local favorite Brenda Williams.
There's more, too--including a late night, low-cost open mic series that Forsell hopes will attract the best voices in the city. Brent Marty will be hosting.
Look for a full lineup to be posted soon at www.thecabaret.org.