CABARET at The Cape Playhouse Aug. 9-20
"Leave your troubles outside..." as Cabaret take the stage in its Cape Playhouse premiere, directed by Hunter Foster. With book by Joe Masteroff based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb, it runs August 9 - 20. Press night is set for Tuesday, August 9 at 7:30 pm.
"Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome" sings the Emcee as he welcomes you into Berlin's infamous Kit Kat Klub, where Sally Bowles nightly performs to shut out the rising tide of Nazism. With arresting songs such as Maybe This Time, Wilkommen, Tomorrow Belongs to Me, and of course, Cabaret - this winner of 12 Tony Awards and 8 Academy Awards entices you to "leave your troubles outside" and experience the exotic world of Cabaret.
Amazing Race winner turned Broadway favorite Nick Spangler (Cinderella, The Book of Mormon) stars as Cliff Bradshaw, Australian cabaret star Kim David Smith is The Emcee and Stephanie Gibson is Sally Bowles (Broadway: Cinderella, Addams Family, Spamalot). Lennie Wolpe is Herr Schulz (Broadway: Bullets Over Broadway, Wicked, Drowsy Chaperone, Sound of Music); Jennifer Cody (Broadway: A Christmas Story, Shrek, The Pajama Game, Urinetown, Beauty and the Beast,Grease, Cats) , in her second Playhouse appearance of the summer (Last of the Red Hot Lovers) is Fraulein Kost; Toni diBuono (Cape Playhouse: Vania and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Broadway: The Boys from Syracuse, Wonderful Town) is Fraulein Schneider, and Tally Sessions is Ernst Ludwig (Broadway: School of Rock, Paramour)
Hunter Foster (Broadway roles: The Bridges of Madison County, Million Dollar Quartet, Urinetown), director of last season's acclaimed My Fair Lady, directs this highly anticipated production, with book by Joe Masteroff based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood, and music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb. Choreography is by Lisa Shriver (Lortel Award nominee, Into the Woods, Roundabout Theatre; Broadway: Jesus Christ Superstar , Ring of Fire), and music direction by Paul Masse (Broadway: The Scottsboro Boys, Avenue Q, Wicked).
Joe Masteroff (Book) is best known as the book writer for the Tony Award-winning Cabaret. Coming to New York from Philadelphia after attending Temple University and serving in the US Air Force, he has been represented in New York City by the play The Warm Peninsula, the libretto for an operatic version of Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms and the book and lyrics for a production of Six Wives at the York Theatre Company. John Van Druten (Playwright) was born on June 1, 1901 in London, England. He was a writer and actor, known for Cabaret (1972), Gaslight(1944) and Old Acquaintance (1943). He died on December 19, 1957 in Indio, California, USA. Christopher Isherwood (Playwright) was a novelist, playwright, screen-writer, autobiographer, and diarist. He was born near Manchester in the north of England in 1904, became a U.S. citizen in 1946, and died at home in Santa Monica, California in January 1986.
John Kander (Music) is a composer who has produced award-winning work for theater, film, and television. He is best known for his collaborative efforts with lyricist Fred Ebb. For almost 40 years the partners have produced hits for Broadway, such as Cabaret, Chicago, and Kiss of the Spider Woman. In television they are best known for their musical productions with actress, singer, and dancer Liza Minnelli. Fred Ebb (Lyrics) Ebb's long and prolific career has encompassed writing lyrics for the stage, the silver screen, and television, in addition to directing and producing. He has amassed Tony awards on Broadway, Academy Awards for movie work, and Emmys for his work for television. His songs have helped launch careers and have been sung by legends like Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Robert Goulet, Gwen Verdon, and Chita Rivera.
Playing August 9 through 20, performances are Monday through Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm, Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm, with matinees on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 pm and Saturdays at 4:00 pm.