Nighttown hosts presidential debate party on Sept. 26

As the 2016 U.S. presidential candidates prepare to debate each other for the first time on national television, popular music venue Nighttown, located at 12387 Cedar Road in Cleveland Heights, will host a 2016 Presidential Debate Party on Monday, Sept. 26. The event begins with pre-debate entertainment at 7 p.m. prior to the much anticipated bout between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The debate runs from 9–10:30 p.m. via large screen TV's on Nighttown's stage, and airs live from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.

The pre-debate show begins with a trivia contest, followed by the singing political satirists, The Debatables—A Non-Partisan Trio, presented by The Cleveland Cabaret Project. Fresh off their recent Nighttown success with 2016: A Political Race ODDyssey, The Debatables perform politically-incorrect musical satire. The trio consists of Rob Gibb, Tina D. Stump and Lora Workman.

Following that, students from the Baldwin Wallace University Musical Theatre Program, considered one of the finest in the country, will entertain with a program of political showtunes.

Victoria Bussert, director of the school's Musical Theatre Program, presents a musical program that includes the following songs: America (West Side Story), Fugue for Tin Horns (Guys & Dolls), Make Them Hear You (Ragtime), The Gun Song (from Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins), as well as a selection from this season’s biggest Broadway hit, Hamilton.

Students will perform with piano accompaniment by Dave Pepin, music director for the Baldwin Wallace program. Pepin and the students will then lead the audience to sing This Land is Your Land, You’re a Grand Old Flag and Simon and Garfunkel’s America, plus other favorites, before breaking for the official debate.

Tickets for the event are $10 and can be purchased online at

Bruce Hennes

Bruce Hennes is a 41-year resident of Cleveland Heights; past president of Coventry Neighbors; past chairman of the 1980's-era Coventry Street Fair; founder of the Coventry Village Special Improvement District; and currently managing partner of Hennes Communications.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 11:44 AM, 09.20.2016