wbrewBy Eva Potter

What do Bradford, Broadway and brew have in common? A lot more than you could ever imagine.

Bradford has produced many theatric talents over the years, among them Todd Wagner, co-owner of Enchante’ Cabaret, a professional performing arts company that tours throughout the Northeast and Midwest Regions of the United States and is based in Bradford, Pa.

Enchanting is an accurate description of Enchante’ Cabaret and its productions, which are loaded with incredible, Broadway-quality talent and have been hailed “the best cabaret show in the Northeast.” Captivating original stories and professional talent create an intimate cabaret experience for every audience member.

On Friday, Oct. 4, Enchante’ Cabaret presents the music-filled production “Witches Brew” at Holiday Valley. As Enchante’s longest running production, “Witches Brew” is a story of Halloween unlike those you have heard before and will be performed cabaret style on the top floor of the Holiday Valley Lodge.

The production company got its start when Todd Wagner and John Attanasio decided it was time to form their own company so each could pursue their passions — for Wagner is was singing and performing, for Attanasio it was writing and producing.

As a child, Wagner was on the shy side even though he had been singing since the age of six. But his world changed around the age of 12 when his parents took him to see “Phantom of the Opera.” He instantly knew that singing is what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. After finishing school, he spent 14 years performing theater in regional and national tours.

Co-owner of Enchante’ Cabaret John Attanasio said he and Wagner formed the company in 1999 because they “wanted to create a small traveling troupe of the best singers, dancers and actors that we could find.”

Attanasio explained, “Our goal was to bring excellent entertainment to audiences that were used to the same old song and dance.”

With Wagner, “who has been compared to the greatest vocalists of Broadway,” at the forefront of their shows, you are guaranteed an impressive performance.

Each member of the company is chosen personally by Wagner and Attanasio and goes through a rigorous selection process. When he puts out a call for singers, Wagner said he receives 400–600 applications each time.

“Once we find somebody, we like to keep them around as long as we can,” said Wagner.

Enchante’ Cabaret’s visionary creator, Attanasio, writes original stories and scripts weaving in Broadway classics, pop songs, classical and contemporary pieces. Cast size varies depending on the show, which Attanasio said can take anywhere from nine months to a year from concept to stage.

“Writing has just been something I have always done since my childhood,” said Attanasio. “My inspiration for my work comes from my life experiences and my wildly creative imagination.  I am also driven to make people feel.”

“Witches Brew,” with a cast of five, is Enchante’’s longest running show and is currently going into its seventh season.

Attanasio said, “The music in this show is like all of our productions in that it is diverse. Songs in ‘Witches Brew’ range from the Doors to Beethoven. ‘Witches Brew’ is the perfect show for people who love this time of year and Halloween.”

According to Wagner, you don’t want to miss this show, “because you’re going to have an amazing time, you’re going to see amazing talent, and nobody does Halloween the way we do it!”

The cash bar opens at 6 p.m. for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $60 per person and include choice of roast prime rib au jus, salmon with mango salsa or traditional turkey dinner. All entrees are served with a crisp green salad, freshly baked rolls and butter, and dessert. Lodging combo packages are also available.

To make a reservation online, visit www.holidayvalley.com and type “witches brew” into the search bar at the bottom, or call (716) 699-2345 for more information.