Photo Flash: First Look at Nathan Lee Graham, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka & More in CABARET at the Cincinnati Playhouse

Show-stopping choreography. Unforgettable songs. Playhouse audiences are invited to take a seat at the Kit Kat Club as the excitement of big Broadway musicals returns to the Robert S. Marx Theatre stage with CABARET, now playing through Nov. 16. English singer Sally Bowles and American novelist Clifford Bradshaw fall into a stormy romance as Nazi influence rises in pre-war Berlin and the political axis shifts. Check out a first look below!

Marcia Milgrom Dodge, best known for helming the acclaimed Broadway revival of Ragtime (for which she earned a 2010 Tony Award nomination for best director), is the director and choreographer for The Playhouse's production of CABARET. For her, the musical's enduring popularity is not surprising.

CABARET features some of the most iconic characters in musical theatre history. The cast is headed by Broadway and New York stage veterans Nathan Lee Graham (The Wild Party and Priscilla Queen of the Desert as well as blockbuster films Sweet Home Alabama, Hitchand Zoolander) as the Emcee, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (the recent revival of A Little Night Music) as Clifford Bradshaw, Liz Pearce (Billy Elliot; she is also a University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music graduate) as Sally Bowles, Mary GorDon Murray (whose many Broadway credits include Hands on a Hardbody, Footloose and the revival of Little Me, for which she received a best actress Tony nomination) as Fräulein Schneider and Michael Marotta (whose New York credits include the bicentennial salute to Noel Coward, Mad About the Boy) as Herr Schultz. The cast also includes Bradley Benjamin as Rosie/Ensemble/Assistant Choreographer/Dance Captain, Blake Clendenin as German Sailor/Ensemble, Carl Draperas Bobby/German Sailor/Ensemble, Blake Ellis as Ernst Ludwig, Timothy Hughes as Customs Officer/Max/Ensemble, Jolina Javier as Frenchy/Ensemble, Dennis Kenney as German Sailor/Ensemble, Sean Maddox as Victor/German Sailor/Ensemble, Angelica Richie as Lulu/Ensemble and Dana Winkle as Fritzie/Fräulein Kost/Ensemble. All are making their Playhouse debuts.

The creative team for CABARET includes Christy Crowl (music supervisor/music director/orchestrations), Henry Palkes (associate music director), Michael Schweikardt (set designer), Angela Wendt (costume designer), John Lasiter (lighting designer) and ACME Sound Partners (sound designer). Becky Merold is the stage manager, and Jenifer Morrow and Denise Cardarelli are the Second Stage managers.

The production is sponsored by David C. Herriman. The orchestra sponsor is Ohio National Financial Services, design sponsor is Skidmore Sales and Distributing Co. and artist sponsor is Barbara and Bill Weyand.

Tickets to CABARET are on sale now. For more information, call The Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888 (toll-free in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana at 800-582-3208) or visit Call 513-345-2248 for Telecommunications Device for the Deaf accessibility.

Photo Credits: Sandy Underwood; Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

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Liz Pearce and Hunter Ryan Herdlicka

Nathan Lee Graham

Mary GorDon Murray and Liz Pearce

Liz Pearce, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Nathan Lee Graham and Timothy Hughes

The Cast

Liz Pearce

Mary GorDon Murray and Michael Marotta

Liz Pearce and Hunter Ryan Herdlicka

Dennis Kenney, Nathan Lee Graham, Blake Clendenin and Dana Winkle

The Cast

Jolina Javier, Nathan Lee Graham and Angelica Richie

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