Dorothy's Piano Bar and Cabaret has been popping up in Capitol Hill for more than a year now, and owner John Lehrack is looking for a permanent location where he can tune into the neighborhood.

“We still don’t have our own brick and mortar location,” Lehrack said. “The search is going OK. I looked at some things earlier in the year.”

Lehrack registered Dorothy's Piano Bar and Cabaret with the state in May 2016, and has been hosting live performances and pop-up piano bars at Seattle First Baptist Church since August of that year.

One more piano bar of the year will be held at Re-Bar on Sunday, Nov. 26, with no cover. Lehrack started working with Re-Bar two months ago, and he hopes to have piano bars there more than once a month.

Dorothy's Piano Bar and Cabaret has popped up in other neighborhoods over the last year, including Ballard and Wallingford, but Lehrack wants a permanent location in Capitol Hill.

“It’s the center of a lot of the nightlife,” he said. “Some of what we want to do is cabaret and performance art.”

Lehrack has been building up capital toward that goal, launching a GoFundMe fundraiser in summer 2016, with plans for another online campaign in the future.

“Music and theater and cabaret have kind of been my life and my profession for most of my career,” he said.

Lehrack is providing music direction for Centerstage Theatre’s production of “The Pajama Game,” which starts in April, and music direction for “The Nance” by ArtsWest, which closed on Sunday.

The ideal space for a permanent Dorothy's Piano Bar and Cabaret would be a standalone building, Lehrack said, as some property managers are not keen on having a musical business below apartment units. While he continues searching for spaces, Lehrack said Dorothy’s will be expanding performances to bring in a stronger following.

“If I have to go to a different space every night, I’ll go to a different space every night,” he said.

Not only would that space have a bar and separate cabaret lounge, but Lehrack also wants space for the nonprofit he’s forming for Dorothy’s Little Black Box, a flexible theater space for new musicals and revisions.

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