Carian to the MAX

A One-Night-Only Cabaret
June 23, 2024
Carianmax Benitez
Music Director
John Henderson

Carianmax is a name her parents fully made up (yes she’s Dominican, how did you know?!) and from a young age she knew that if her name was already unique, then she should embrace her uniqueness in every other part of her life. The songs in this cabaret represent everything that is Carianmax: Her obsession with Barbra Streisand, her love for Fleetwood Mac, her passion for Latinx representation, and most of all her love for the people who got her to where she is today.

Join Carianmax Benitez and friends for an evening of singing some of her favorite songs that embody what it truly means to be Carian to the MAX!


CARIANMAX BENITEZ is a self-described little Latina from the Bronx with a BM in Musical Theatre from Catholic University. Previous credits include Keegan Theatre: Yoga Play (Romola), The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful & Her Dog (Mom), Seussical (Bird Girl 2/ Sour Kangaroo U/S), Merrily We Roll Along (Swing), Webster’s Bitch (Ellie U/S).

JOHN HENDERSON is an organist, pianist, and composer based in the DMV. His background includes sacred music, musical theatre, chamber music, and art song. His compositions have been performed at venues including the Washington International Piano Series, the International Double Reed Society Convention, the Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage Festival, and Pope Francis’s Meeting with the Bishops of the United States at St. Matthew’s Cathedral. He currently serves as organist and music director at Saint Bernadette Catholic Church in Silver Spring, Maryland.