Jelani Remy to Star as The Master of Ceremonies in CABARET at Goodspeed Musicals

Original Fosse choreography for “Mein Herr” will be reconstructed for this production.

By: Apr. 07, 2022
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Jelani Remy to Star as The Master of Ceremonies in CABARET at Goodspeed Musicals

Goodspeed Musicals will kick off its first full season of musicals since 2019 with the spring production of Kander and Ebb's dazzling and daring classic, Cabaret. The Kit Kat Klub comes alive for the first time on the Goodspeed stage from May 13 - July 3 at The Goodspeed in East Haddam, Conn. [Official Press Opening will be May 25, 2022 at 7:30pm].

This unique production will also feature Bob Fosse's original choreography of "Mein Herr" as reconstructed by choreographer Lainie Sakakura. Ms. Sakakura was given special permission from the Verdon/Fosse Legacy to reconstruct the number for this production due to her depth of knowledge of Fosse techniques and specialized training in his work.

Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome... to Cabaret, Kander and Ebb's legendary musical about British nightclub singer Sally Bowles, American writer Cliff Bradshaw, and the decadence of 1929 Berlin. With mounting fear and uncertainty outside, the bawdy Emcee lures you into the world of the Kit Kat Klub where your troubles are left at the door. Featuring the treasured songs "Maybe This Time," "Don't Tell Mama" and "Cabaret," this Tony Award-winning masterpiece dazzles onto the Goodspeed stage for the very first time!

Cabaret features book by Joe Masteroff; is based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood; with music by Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award-winner John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb who also is a Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award-winner.

The Master of Ceremonies will be played by Jelani Remy who most recently was seen on Broadway playing the role of Eddie Kendricks in Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations!. He made his Broadway debut playing the role of Simba in Disney's The Lion King as well as on the National Tour and Las Vegas productions. Prior shows include High School Musical (National Tour), Smokey Joe's Cafe (Off Broadway) and The Apple Boys (Off Broadway).

Sally Bowles will be played by Aline Mayagoitia whose Off-Broadway credits include Notes From Now and Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation. Across the country she has played a variety of roles including Eva Perón in Evita, Cinderella in Into The Woods, Lauren in Kinky Boots, and Nina in In The Heights.

Clifford Bradshaw will be played by Bruce Landry whose credits include Les Misérables and Anastasia the Musical on Broadway and the national tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella as well as performances at Lincoln Center, New York City Center, and Radio City Musical Hall.

Jennifer Smith, who will play Fraulein Schneider, is a veteran of 15 Broadway shows including the original companies of La Cage Aux Folles, The Secret Garden, Victor/Victoria, The Producers, The Drowsy Chaperone, Gentleman's Guide and Anastasia. Past Goodspeed appearances include Lucky in the Rain, George M! and How to Succeed....

Kevin Ligon will play Herr Schultz. His Broadway credits include Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler, On The Twentieth Century, Bullets Over Broadway, The Phantom Of The Opera, Sister Act, Finian's Rainbow, Young Frankenstein, The Producers, Kiss Me, Kate, 1776, and The Secret Garden and at Goodspeed: The Apple Tree and By Jeeves.

Fraulein Kost will be played by Terra C. MacLeod who appeared as Velma in Chicago on Broadway and the West End as well as national and international tours.

Ernst Ludwig will be played by Tim Fuchs whose credits include the national tours of Something Rotten and 42nd Street.

The ensemble will feature Matt Allen (Broadway: Escape to Margaritaville, Something Rotten, Honeymoon in Vegas, The Wedding Singer, Oklahoma!, Annie Get Your Gun), Shelby Finnie (Broadway: The Prom), Aurore Joly, Caroline Kane, Kathy Liu, Connor McRory (Goodspeed: Billy Elliott), Christian Elán Ortiz (Broadway: West Side Story), Antonia Raye, Adam Rogers (Broadway: Cinderella, Chaplin, An American in Paris).

Swings for this production are Georgia Monroe and another person to be announced.

Cabaret will be directed by James Vásquez, a Resident Artist of The Old Globe Theatre, where he recently reopened the theater with his production of HAIR. He directed the West Coast premieres of Tiny Beautiful Things, Hurricane Diane, the world premieres of American Mariachi, Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Rich Girl, and Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show. At Goodspeed, Mr. Vásquez directed the staged reading of Harmony, Kansas at the 2012 Festival of New Musicals.

Choreography will be by Lainie Sakakura, an award-winning choreographer (2015 Joe A. Callaway Award, 2002 Joseph Jefferson Award) and Broadway veteran of 6 original casts including Chita Rivera The Dancer's Life, Onstage Dance Captain & Dance Reconstruction for Fosse (1999 Tony Award Best Musical). Her Dance Reconstruction work includes approximately 70 Bob Fosse numbers from 1994-1999 with Gwen Verdon and Chet Walker. At Goodspeed, Ms. Sakakura choreographed the 2021 production of A Grand Night for Singing and participated in the 2020 Johnny Mercer Writers Grove at Goodspeed Musicals.

The Music Director for Cabaret will be Adam Souza. Now in his second year as Goodspeed's Resident Music Director, he began his career at age 17 as the music assistant at Goodspeed. He has worked as Associate Conductor and later Music Director/Conductor for the First National Tour of Monty Python's Spamalot. He then conducted Wicked on Broadway, was Music Director/Conductor for the original company of the Second National Tour of Wicked and later Associate Supervisor for the North American companies of Wicked, and Associate Music Supervisor for the mounting of the Spanish translation of Wicked in Mexico City and the Portuguese translation in São Paolo, Brazil. He has a long list of credits at Goodspeed, including A Grand Night for Singing last fall.

Scenic Design will be by Michael Schweikardt who has designed for many productions in New York, across the country and internationally. A frequent collaborator at Goodspeed, he has designed many hits including Show Boat, Carousel, The Most Happy Fella, Rags, Oliver! and many others. Costumes will be designed by Lex Liang who has designed 50+ productions in New York/Off Broadway, most recently Penelope: A New Musical, Antigone, Nine Circles, and The Bacchae. Lighting Design will be by Amanda Zieve who has worked on 19 Broadway productions and was the Associate designer for Escape to Margaritaville, Bright Star, and Allegiance.

Sound design will be by Jay Hilton who has designed countless productions at both The Terris Theatre and The Goodspeed. His work has been heard on Broadway, National Tours and Regional Theatres from coast to coast. He also serves as Goodspeed's Audio Supervisor. Wig and Hair will be designed by Jayson P. Hayes who is a 2016 & 2017 Drama Desk Award Nominee for Outstanding Wig & Hair Design for his work on The Legend of Georgia McBride and The View Upstairs. His Broadway Theatrical design credits include Casa Valentina, The Realistic Jones's, Spring Awakening, Blithe Spirit, 13 The Musical and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular for 10 years.

Fight Direction for this production will be provided by UnkleDave's Fight-House whose Goodspeed credits include Billy Elliot, Oliver!, Oklahoma! and on Broadway: Girl From The North Country, Escape To Margaritaville, The Great Society, Tuck Everlasting, An American In Paris and Disgraced. The Dialect Coach will be Jennifer Scapetis-Tycer whose credits for Goodspeed include Billy Elliot, Passing Through and Hi, My Name is Ben. Ms. Scapetis-Tycer teaches on the MFA and BFA Acting programs at University of Connecticut and coaches for the Connecticut Repertory Theatre. Casting for this production is by Paul Hardt of Hardt Casting. Bradley G. Spachman, who has been on the Stage Management team at Goodspeed for over 25 years, will be the Production Stage Manager.

Cabaret is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC.

Cabaret will run May 13th - July 3rd, 2022. [Official Press Opening May 25]. Curtain times are Wednesday at 2:00p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (with select performances at 2:00 p.m.), Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. (with select performances at 6:30 p.m.).

Tickets are available through the Box Office (860.873.8668), open weekdays at 10:00 a.m. and seven days a week beginning May 9th, or online at For show highlights, exclusive photos, special events and more, visit us at and follow them on Facebook, Twitter @goodspeedmusicl, Instagram and YouTube


Goodspeed Musicals has achieved international acclaim and is the first theatre in the nation to receive two Tony Awards for outstanding achievement in musical theatre. Under the leadership of Donna Lynn Hilton, Artistic Director and David B. Byrd, Managing Director, Goodspeed Musicals is dedicated to the celebration, development and advancement of musical theatre. Goodspeed creates powerful, world-class productions of enlightening new and established works to entertain and inspire audiences. From Goodspeed, 21 musicals have gone to Broadway (including Man of La Mancha, Annie and Holiday Inn) and more than 90 new musicals have been launched. Goodspeed's Festival of New Musicals and the Johnny Mercer Writers Grove are distinguished cornerstones of the organization that highlight its commitment to nurture the talents of new and established artists and support the creative process. Goodspeed also maintains The Scherer Library of Musical Theatre and The Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre. Goodspeed gratefully acknowledges the support of the Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; United Airlines, the official airline of Goodspeed Musicals; the official audio sponsor Sennheiser; and official auto sponsor Hoffman Audi. The organization is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, the Shops at Mohegan Sun and WSHU Public Radio.