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Celebration Theatre Present the Third and Final Show in its 2016-2017 Season! CABARET

Celebration Theatre presents under the artistic direction of Michael Matthews & Michael A. Shepperd, the third and final show in its 2016-2017 season, CABARET, book by Joe Masteroff (based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood), music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, choreography by Janet Roston, musical direction by Anthony Zediker and directed by Michael Matthews. CABARET will begin previews on Friday, May 26 at 8pm; will open on Friday, June 2 at 8pm and perform through Sunday, July 2 at Celebration Theatre @ the Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave. in Los Angeles.
Wilkommen. Bienvenue. Welcome. This is The Kit Kat Klub... the seediest, sexiest nightclub in Berlin. In here, life isn't just beautiful - it's downright dangerous. If you're not careful, you could lose your perspective on the world outside. Fight that urge. RESIST. Celebration Theatre presents Kander & Ebb's dark, eerily relevant masterpiece like you've never seen it before
Michael Matthews (Director) Los Angeles: Failure; a Love Story (CTG/Kirk Douglas Theatre), Billy and Ray (Laguna Playhouse), Dream Boy (LA Premiere), Bootycandy (LA Premiere, LADCC Nomination, Production), Failure; a Love Story (Ovation Award Best Director) (LA Premiere),Sons of the Prophet (LA Premiere), Psyche; a Modern Rock Opera (World Premiere), Rabbit Hole (La Mirada), Funny Girl (3D Theatricals, Ovation Nomination Best Director), Peter Pan; The Boy Who Hated Mothers (LA Weekly Nominations Best Director and Best Production, Play; LA Premiere), Very Still and Hard To See (LA Weekly Nominations Best Director and Best Production, Play; World Premiere), The Color Purple, The Musical (Ovation and LA Weekly Awards Best Director and Best Production, Musical), What's Wrong With Angry?(Ovation Nominations Best Director and Best Production,Play), Take Me Out! (Ovation Nomination Best Director, NAACP Award Best Director) The Women of Brewster Place, the Musical (Ovation Nomination Best Director, NAACP Award Best Director, Ovation Award Best Production, Musical; West Coast Premiere), Stupid Kids (LA Premiere), Beautiful Thing (Ovation Nominations, Best Director and Best Production,Play), The Bacchae (Ovation Nominations, Best Director and Best Production,Play), Broadway: Butley (Assistant Director). Chicago: What's Wrong With Angry? (Jeff Nominations, Best Director and Best Production), In The Blood (Jeff Nominations, Best Director and Best Production), Porcelain (Jeff Nomination, Best Director), The Judas Kiss (Chicago Premiere), Being 11 (World Premiere), and...for colored girls who have considered suicide.... International: The Bacchae (Edinburgh Theatre Festival, 2010). Michael is the recipient of the 2015 LADCC Award for Career Achievement in Direction.
Janet Roston (Choreographer) The Boy From Oz (Ovation Award, LADCC Award, Stage Raw Nomination), The Color Purple (Ovation Award, NAACP Award; LA Weekly, LADCC Nominations) both Celebration Theater; Once On this Island, International City Theater (NAACP Nomination); The Who's Tommy, East West Players; Failure, A Love Story, Coeurage Theater Company, included in CTG's Block Party at the Kirk Douglas Theater.
Director/Choreographer: Tonya and Nancy, The Rock Opera, American Repertory Theater, Boston; Anaïs, A Dance Opera, Greenway Court Theater; Striking 12, Laguna Playhouse. Winner Palm Desert Choreography Festival, Two American Choreography Awards.
ANTHONY ZEDIKER (Musical Direction) is a native of Nashville, has studied at prestigious music institutions, receiving a BM from DePaul University in Chicago, and a MM from University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. Zediker is now on faculty as a pianist and music director at the Colburn School, the American Musical and Dramatic Arts Academy, Loyola Marymount University, the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, and is a visiting accompanist at LA Opera. Recent project highlights include; Sister Act (2017), Sunday in the Park with George (2016), Urinetown (2016), The Drowsy Chaperone (2016), Little Shop of Horrors (2016), Annie Get Your Gun (2016), and Fame: The Musical (2014). Anthony also works with LA Opera's inner-city outreach program, including productions of The Marriage of Figaro (2015), and Turandot (2016). He also plays at the historic Second City Comedy Club, most recently playing for the satirical sketch show In Trump We Trust by Dan Wessels. Anthony was recently an assistant orchestrator for Snuffy Walden on CMT's Nashville, played piano in the orchestra for NBC's production of Rob Cantor's Shia LaBeouf, and appeared as a co-star in four episodes of HBO's Big Little Lies as a pianist. Anthony's compositions and songs have made numerous appearances on feature films like, Let it Bleed(2015), Better Criminal (2016), and Our Way (2016), each of which were recently featured in the Burbank International Film Festival. Anthony has also scored multiple web series', including Burbica(2017), Basic (2017), Actpartment (2015), as well as the iPhone game, Hammertime. He also composes and improvises for live theater, cabaret, and comedy shows, most recently composing original music for the Actor's Co-op's production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town.
The Cast of CABARET will feature Alex Nee as the Emcee, (Johnny in the American Idiot UK/US tour and the 1st National Tour of Once), Talisa Friedman (The Dodgers, The Last Goodbye at The Old Globe, directed by Alex Timbers) as Sally Bowles, Christopher Maikish (Celebration's Dream Boy) as Cliff, John Colella (HBO's Silicon Valley) as Ernst, Matthew Henerson (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom at the Mark Taper Forum, directed by Phylicia Rashad) as Herr Schultz, June Carryl (Failure: A Love Story at the Kirk Douglas) as Fraulein Schneider, Katherine Tokarz (Rock of Ages and Wicked on Broadway) as Fraulein Kost, Nathan Mohebbi (Masters of Sex,Chasing Life) as Bobby, Tyler Matthew Burk (West Side Story at Musical Theatre West) as Victor, Katheryne Penny (Spamalot at the Hollywood Bowl) as Texas, Janelle Toyami Dote (Allegiance on Broadway) as Rosie and Alli Miller (Celebrations's The Boy From Oz) as Helga.
CABARET has assembled an award-winning design team; Scenic Design by Stephen Gifford (Carrie: The Musical downtown LA and La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts); Lighting Design by Matthew Brian Denman (Failure: A Love Story at the Kirk Douglas); Costume Design by Michael Mullen (Ovation Award winner for The Boy From Oz); Sound Design by Cricket S. Myers (Tony nominated for Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo); Properties Design by Michael O'Hara (Failure: A Love Story); Wig/Hair Design by Byron Batista (Hair, Chicago, Hairspray, The Producers at the Hollywood Bowl) and Dialect Coaching by Tuffet Schmelzle (A Christmas Carol at A Noise Within). Estey DeMerchant is the Production Stage Manager and Ken Werther is the Assistant Director. The Producers of CABARET are Rebecca Eisenberg & Jay Marcus.
CABARET will preview on Friday, May 26 & Saturday, May 27 at 8pm; Sunday, May 29 at 2pm; Thursday, June 1 at 8pm; will open on Friday, June 2 at 8pm and perform through Sunday, July 2 at Celebration Theatre @ the Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave. in Los Angeles.
Performances are Thursdays, Friday & Saturday evenings at 8pm; Sundays at 2pm.
All tickets are $30.00 (General Seating); $45.00 (Reserved) or $60.00 (Limited Premium Onstage seating). For tickets, please call (323) 957-1884 or visit to purchase tickets online or to view a complete schedule or for further details.

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