The Medicine Show
Ken Haller’s The Medicine Show peddles miracle cures compounded by Jason Robert Brown, Adam Guettel, Stephen Sondheim and other noted practitioners of the healing arts. In song and story, Ken shows us how becoming a doctor is just the first step in becoming a healer.
Ken Haller is a renowned cabaret singer based in St. Louis. He performed his first original cabaret, “Song by Song by Sondheim” in June 2009 and reprised it multiple times to sold out audiences. This was followed by “The TV Show” in 2012 and “Mama’s Boy” in 2014. Ken has also performed his shows at Don’t Tell Mama in New York, Davenport’s in Chicago, and Feinstein’s at the Nikko in San Francisco. He was named Best St. Louis Cabaret Performer in the 2015 GO! List in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Ken is also a professor of pediatrics at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine and Cardinal Glennon Chidren’s Hospital. In addition to caring for patients and teaching the art of medicine to students and residents in clinical settings, Ken teaches an elective course for first year medical students called “Acting Like a Doctor” about how to use the principles of improvisational theater to be a more compassionate physician. Ken’s latest cabaret, which premiered in 2016, is “The Medicine Show.” This 65-minute show is a collection of songs and stories about becoming a doctor – and the realization that this was only the first step toward becoming a healer.
BEST ST. LOUIS CABARET PERFORMER! The GO! List, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sunday, April 26, 2105:
“Cabaret performers come and go, but Ken Haller, a pediatrician by day, is a St. Louis legend. If you’re interested in what makes the Great American Songbook great, you owe it to yourself to give this man a listen.” - Calvin Wilson
“Tender, loving, hilarious. A great show from a great guy.” - Katie Dunne McGrath, KDHX
A stellar performance, an extraordinary cabaret performer.” - Lois Caplan Miller, The Jewish Light
SONG BY SONG BY SONDHEIM
“Haller’s show is a gem. His sincerity and authority carry the day in this very personal creation. This is a terrific show. It’s a model of what cabaret should be!” - Gerry Kowarsky, Two on the Aisle, HEC-TV
“Haller is a charming and talented performer with a voice as smooth as a brandy Alexander... A Classy Act. A Classy Guy.” - Robert Alan Mitchell, KDHX
THE TV SHOW!
“A tremendously entertaining and often extremely funny romp through TV land. …fun for the whole family!” - Chuck Lavazzi, KDHX