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CABARET

CabaretCABARET

Music by John Kander
Book by Joe Masteroff
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Directed by George Pinney
Musical Direction by Jay Ivey

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April 13, 14, 17-21, 2012
Ruth N. Halls Theatre

Synopsis

Willkommen et Bienvenue to an impoverished and wicked Berlin at the end of the Weimar Republic. It's New Year's Eve, 1930, and American writer Cliff Bradshaw arrives at the Kit Kat Klub to find himself at the mercy of the toast of Mayfair—Sally Bowles, a drugged-out good-time girl and resident cabaret singer. Despite the rousing musical numbers, the reality of the world outside the nightclub begins to dim the glitz and glamour, as Hitler begins his rise to power. Mature content.

Outside the Cabaret: Battles over Gender and Sexuality in 1920s Germany

A Theatre Circle Lecture in the Studio Theatre, Thu., 4/12, 5:30 pm

Photo of History professor Julia RoosProfessor Julia Roos from the Department of History is a social and political historian on Weimar Germany, whose work focuses on gender relations and sexual reform during the 1920s, the period that provides the background to Kander and Ebb’s musical, Cabaret. Much of the plot of the musical, supported by the cabaret numbers that intersperse its stories, actually relate and remark upon the larger world outside the nightclub: the end of the Weimar Republic, the rise of the Nazis, the need to make moral choices. Julia Roos shared the historical overview and helped interpret the period, providing an enriching context for the musical.

Julia Roos is the author of Weimar through the Lens of Gender: Prostitution Reform, Women's Emancipation, and German Democracy, 1918-1933 (Ann Arbor: U. of Michigan Press, 2010). A history of prostitution in the Weimar Republic, her book explores how shifts in established gender relations and sexual mores after the First World War affected the stability of Germany’s Arts Week Everywhere logo and link to Arts Week websitefirst experiment in liberal-democratic government. Liberal gender reforms like the decriminalization of prostitution nour- ished a powerful right-wing backlash that played a major role in the destruction of Weimar democracy and the rise of National Socialism.

 

Cast

Special note: The roles of Sally Bowles, Fraulein Kost, and Clifford Bradshaw are double cast. Cast 1 will perform April 13, 14, 17, and 18. Cast 2 will perform April 19, 20, and both shows on April 21. Please see the note in each bio below.

Jamie Anderson (Sally Bowles, Cast 2)

Abby Bartish (Kit Kat Girl)

Katy Flanigan (Kit Kat Girl)

Evelyn Gaynor (Fršulein Schneider)

Clayton Gerrard (Herr Schultz)

Joe Giovannetti (Dancing Waiter/Sailor)

Meghan Goodman (Mabel/Telephone Girl)

Erica Evans Johnson (Kit Kat Girl)

Nell Arwen Komlos (Gentlemenís Club Patron/Sailor/Nazi Guard)

Lexi Lessaris (Faded Opera Star)

Samantha Mason (Fraulein Kost, Cast 1)

Patrick Mars (Dancing Waiter/Sailor)

Evan Mayer (Emcee)

Markus McClain (Dancing Waiter/Tenor Soloist)

Nick Pecoraro (Bobby/Victoria)

Julian Ramos (Kit Kat Girl/Two Ladies)

Nathan Robbins (Max/Gorilla)

Jenna Schneider (Fraulein Kost, Cast 2)

Landon Scott (Clifford Bradshaw, Cast 2)

Kurt Semmler (Clifford Bradshaw, Cast 1)

Hannah Slabaugh (Sally Bowles, Cast 1)

Zachary Stewart (Customs Officer/Taxi Man/Sailor)

Carrie Van Doren (Kit Kat Girl/Two Ladies)

Brook Wood (Gentlemanís Club Patron/Nazi Guard)

Colin Van Wye (Ernst Ludwig)


Production Team

George Pinney (Director/Choreographer)

Jay Ivey (Musical Director)

Tim Barbiaux (Scenic Designer)

Katie E. Cowan (Costume Designer)

Abby Wells (Lighting Designer)

Kyle Zucker (Sound Designer)

I. Christopher Berg (Technical Director)

Jake Wiener (Stage Manager)

Joe Stollenwerk (Assistant Director)

Fontaine Syer (Acting Coach)

Francesca Arostegui (Assistant Choreographer)

Scott Jones (Production Dramaturg)

Leslie Ann Boyden (Assistant Stage Manager)

Chelsey Sorbo (Assistant Stage Manager)

Nancy Lipschultz (Voice, Texts, Dialects)

Adam Noble (Fight Choreographer/Movement Coach)