The Playhouse Says 'Wilkommen' To CABARET March 13-18
February 19, 2018 - Based on Roundabout Theatre Company's Tony Award-winning production, Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall's (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) CABARET will play The Playhouse on Rodney Square in Wilmington for eight performances, March 13-19. This is the first time the Broadway revival has toured the historic Wilmington theater.
Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd - and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous times?
Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including "Cabaret," "Willkommen" and "Maybe This Time." Leave your troubles outside - life is beautiful at CABARET - John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff's Tony-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.
This all-new production launched in December 2017 in Worcester, MA with tour direction by BT McNicholl (Spamalot), tour choreography by Jennifer Werner and original costume design by William Ivey Long (Chicago, Cinderella). The company of 21 quadruple threat performers (actors, singers, dancers and musicians) features Erik Schneider as the Emcee and Bailey McCall Thomas as Sally Bowles, as well as University of Delaware alumnus Carl Pariso as Clifford Bradshaw.
For more information, please visit www.CabaretMusical.com.
Joe Masteroff (Book). Born in 1919 in Philadelphia, he had only One Dream from infancy: to write for the theatre. After the essential lonely childhood and four-year stint in the Air Force, he came to New York to face his future: book writer or book seller? Luckily, luck intervened. Before long he had three shows on Broadway bearing his name: The Warm Peninsula starring Julie Harris, and two musicals She Loves Me and Cabaret, for which he was the book writer. Thanks to indulgent parents, the New Dramatists, Hal Prince and many others, he is now retired and living in subdued luxury.
John Kander (Music) & Fred Ebb (Lyrics). The Kander & Ebb collaboration of four decades created many Broadway standards and contemporary classics. Their first collaboration, "My Coloring Book," became a hit song for Barbra Streisand, earning John and Fred a Grammy nomination. Kander & Ebb's first Broadway show in 1965, Flora the Red Menace, produced by Hal Prince, directed by George Abbott and introducing a rising new star: Liza Minnelli. Followed by Cabaret (Tony Award music and lyrics), The Happy Time, Zorba, 70, Girls, 70, Chicago, The Act, Woman of the Year (Tony Award music and lyrics), The Rink, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award music and lyrics) and Steel Pier. Along with movies and television writing original material for the Academy Awards, "Liza With a Z" and HBO's Liza Minnelli's "Steppin' Out" (both Emmy winners), "Baryshnikov on Broadway," "Goldie and Liza Together," Funny Lady, Lucky Lady, New York, New York, Steppin' Out, and Chicago the movie. In 1985, the song "New York, New York" became the official anthem of New York City. At the time of Mr. Ebb's death in 2004, Kander & Ebb had severalprojects in different stages of completion including the Tony-nominated Curtains in 2007, 12-time Tony-nominated The Scottsboro Boys in 2010, All About Us (an adaptation of The Skin of our Teeth) and The Visit premiering at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago followed by the Signature Theatre in Fairfax, VA and nominated for five Tony's including best score in 2015, all starring Chita Rivera. Mr. Kander is currently collaborating with author/playwright Greg Pierce on The Landing and Kid Victorywhich debuted at the Signature Theatre and The Vineyard Theatre.
Sam Mendes (Original Director) founded and ran The Donmar Warehouse in London for ten years. He has directed many productions at the Donmar, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway. He founded the transatlantic theatre company The Bridge Project for whom he directed five productions that toured the world. In addition, he has directed several movies including the Academy Award winning American Beauty and the James Bond movies Skyfall and Spectre. He has won many awards for his work on stage and screen, including the Tony, the Olivier, the Directors Guild Award, the Shakespeare Prize, the BAFTA, the Golden Globe and the Academy Award. He was awarded the CBE in 2000 and the Directors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
Rob Marshall (Original Co-Director & Choreographer). Broadway: Cabaret, Little Me, Kiss of the Spider Woman, She Loves Me, Damn Yankees, Victor/Victoria, A Funny Thing...Forum and Company. For his stage work, Marshall has earned six Tony nominations, the Outer Critics Award, the Jason Robards Award and the George Abbott Award. Film: Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha, Nine, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Into the Woods. Marshall's films have been nominated for 26 Academy Awards and have won nine, including Best Picture. For his film work, he has received the DGA Award, an Oscar nomination, National Board of Review Award, New York Film Critics Award, three Golden Globe nominations, a BAFTA nomination and an American Choreography Award. TV: "Tony Bennett: An American Classic," "Annie," "Cinderella," "Mrs. Santa Claus." For his TV work, Marshall has received four Emmy Awards, the DGA Award and the American Choreography Award.
BT McNicholl (Director) won the Australian "Tony" (the Helpmann) for Best Direction (along with Messrs. Mendes and Marshall) for Cabaret, which he also staged in record-setting runs in Paris and Madrid. McNicholl was the protégé of the legendary Mike Nichols, and has been associated with directors Stephen Daldry, James Lapine, David Hare and Jerry Zaks on twelve Broadway shows. He directed Spamalot at the Hollywood Bowl, the European premiere of The Producers for Mel Brooks and the regional premiere of Billy Elliot (Moss Hart Award). A BMI-Award winning lyricist, his credits include the critically-acclaimed musical The It Girl. He serves as the Producing Artistic Director of La Mirada Theatre in the L.A. area.
MARINE JULIEN (Assistant Director). After a training in Paris with director Frederic Baptiste, Marine Julien assisted BT McNicholl for Cabaret in Northport, Long Island and in Paris at the Marigny Theater. She also worked on the following shows: Cabaret Jaune Citron (Stéphane Ly Cuong-Christine Kandel), Edges (Pasek & Paul), The Last Five Years (Jason Robert Brown). Marine was involved in the French production of Beauty and the Beast directed by Glenn Casale. She became Resident Director of the show Timeo in Paris with the director Alex Goude and assisted on the casting of Bodyguard, the Musical and Dirty Dancing with Rabah Aliouane. She is thrilled to be part of the Cabaret team again and thanks her parents and sisters for their support. Live and let live.
Jennifer Werner (Choreographer) is the Associate Director of the Tony Award winning The Book of Mormon Broadway, US National Tour, West End, Australia. Also The Most Happy Fella, Follies (City Center/Encores!), and Robin and the 7 Hoods (Old Globe). Director: Spamalotand The Little Mermaid (NC Theatre). Director/Choreographer: Spamalot, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors, I Love You You're Perfect Now Change-Sharon Playhouse. Jennifer's diverse body of work as a choreographer includes The Black Suits (CTG/LA), NFL national commercials; ABC's Upfronts, As Long As We Both Shall Laugh (Roundabout); Drama League Awards, My Fair Lady (Ogunquit); Phantom (NC Theatre); A Wonderful Life (Engeman), and numerous regional/international productions of Cabaret. New work Off-Broadway: Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova), The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks (Lucille Lortel), ReWrite (Urban Stages), and Things to Ruin (Second Stage). Upcoming projects include Associate Directing Dreamgirls, Broadway.
PRATHER TOURING (Producer). Past national tours include Footloose, The Wedding Singer, BLAST, Fiddler on the Roof, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Memphis, Million Dollar Quartet and most recently the Tony Award winning musical, Pippin. William T. Prather is the Executive Producer of Prather Touring and is a second-generation theatre producer following in the footsteps of his parents, Tom and Debbie Prather who produced live theatre for over 50 years. He is a graduate of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and returned to the family business in 1993 after spending a couple of years in the corporate world. As Executive Producer of Prather Productions, he produces more than 32 shows each year in their regional theatres in Pennsylvania and Florida.
APEX TOURING (Producer). Highlighting their second national tour season with the tours of Wizard of Oz and Cabaret. APEX has been created to serve the ever expanding need for high quality, Broadway caliber touring productions across America. Relying on the steady producing skills of its affiliates, APEX looks forward to many years of producing Broadway's brightest new shows.
Broadway in Wilmington is presented by Bank of America and is co-produced by The Buccini/Pollin Group and the Chemours Company. These programs are supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.