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Award®-Winning Production of 'Cabaret' Comes to UMass

Monday Feb 12, 2018

Based on Roundabout Theatre Company's Tony Award®-winning production, Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall's "Cabaret" comes to the UMass Fine Arts Center on Tuesday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall. There will be a pre-performance talk in the lobby at 6:30 p.m.

"Cabaret" takes place at the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble tantalize the crowd and leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-World War II Germany grows more and more uncertain, the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife may not be enough to get them through dangerous times.

John Kander and Fred Ebb, best known for their legendary musical "Chicago" and Joe Masteroff's Tony-winning musical features some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including "Cabaret," "Willkommen," and "Maybe This Time." Roundabout Theatre Company's acclaimed production of "Cabaret" first opened on Broadway on March 19, 1998, starring Alan Cumming and Natasha Richardson, and won four Tony Awards®, including Best Revival of a Musical.

"Cabaret" went on to play on Broadway for six years and 2,378 performances before finishing its run on January 4, 2004. Cabaret returned to Broadway and the infamous Studio 54 with performances in 2014 with Alan Cumming reprising his Tony Award®-winning role as the Emcee. The production featured Michelle Williams, Emma Stone and Sienna Miller in the role of Sally Bowles and played 423 performances through March 29, 2015.

"Cabaret" premiered on Broadway in 1966 and won eight Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, in addition to the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, the Outer Critics' Circle Award, the Variety Poll of New York Critics, and London's Evening Standard Award. The original Broadway production played 1,166 performances.

Tour direction is under the helm of BT McNicholl ("Spamalot") and choreography is recreated by Cynthia Onrubia ("Victor/Victoria"). The design team includes set design by Robert Brill ("Assassins"), costume design by William Ivey Long ("Chicago"), lighting design by Peggy Eisenhauer ("Ragtime") and Mike Baldassari ("Nine"), sound design by Keith Caggiano ("The Radio City Christmas Spectacular") based on the original Broadway design by Brian Ronan with hair and wig design by Paul Huntley. "Cabaret" features orchestrations by Michael Gibson ("The Boy from Oz"), music supervision and vocal arrangements by Patrick Vaccariello ("On Your Feet") and music direction by Robert Cookman ("Legally Blonde"). M·A·C. is the Official Makeup Partner for the production. Cabaret is based on the play by John Van Druten, "I Am a Camera," and stories by Christopher Isherwood.

Tickets for "Cabaret" are $65, $60, $30; Five College students and youth 17 and under are $30, $25 and $20. For tickets call the Box Office at 545-2511, toll-free at 800-999- UMAS, or purchase online at fineartscenter.com/cabaret. Cabaret is sponsored by Applewood/Loomis Communities, Westfield News Group, Davis Practice Management Advisors and WGBY TV-57.

There is a German-fare prix fixe dinner available at the UClub before the show. Details at fineartscenter.com/prixfixe.


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