Leave Your Troubles Outside!! Life Is A CABARET At The McCallum Theatre
The McCallum Theatre presents Cabaret for seven performances, Wednesday, March 28, through Sunday, April 1. The Saturday March 31 performance at 2:00pm is presented through the generosity of Robert and Sharlene Britz. 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 has been hailed by all the critics as a divine, dangerous and decadent entertainment.
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 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? Cabaret features some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including "Cabaret," "Wilkommen," and "Maybe This Time."
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? Happily, 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) and Fred Ebb (Lyrics). The Kander and 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 and Ebb's first Broadway show in 1965 Flora, the Red Menace, produced by Hal Prince, directed by George Abbott introduced 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 and Ebb had several projects in different stages of completion, 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, then the Signature Theatre in Fairfax, VA, and nominated for five Tony Awards, including best score in 2015, all starring Chita Rivera. Mr. Kander is currently collaborating with author/playwright Greg Pierce The Landing and Kid Victory deputed at the Signature Theatre and The Vineyard Theatre.
Sam Mendes (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 trans-Atlantic Theatre Company The Bridge Project, for whom he directed five productions that toured the world. In London recently: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. 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 (Co-Director, Choreographer). Broadway: Cabaret; Little Me; Kiss of the Spider Woman; She Loves Me; Damn Yankees; Victor/Victoria; A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the 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, Oscar nominations, National Board of Review Award, New York Film Critics Award, three Golden Globe nominations, BAFTA nominations, and American Choreography Award. TV: "Tony Bennett: An American Classic;" "Annie;" "Cinderella;" and "Mrs. Santa Claus." For his TV work, Marshall has received four Emmy Awards, the DGA Award, and the American Choreography Award.
Performance times for Cabaret are Wednesday, March 28, at 7:30pm; Thursday, March 29, at 7:30pm, Friday, March 30, at 8:00pm, Saturday, March 31, at 2:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sunday, April 1, at 2:00pm and 7:30pm.
Tickets for these performances are $37 to $107, depending on performance time and seating. Tickets are available at the Theatre's website at www.mccallumtheatre.com or by calling the McCallum Theatre Box Office at (760) 340-ARTS.