Jupiter, FL- Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome! Come hear the music play. Ranked among the greatest American musicals, the Tony Award®-winning production will feature a cast that sings, dances and plays musical instruments onstage. Take your seat at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre for Cabaret, the energetic, politically charged, seductive, and daring Tony Award®-winning production that is ranked among the greatest American musicals.
Cabaret performances run January 10 through 29, 2012 the show is set amid the decadence of 1929 Weimar Germany’s netherworld and follows the unlikely romance between writer Cliff Bradshaw and performer Sally Bowles. “For those who think they’ve seen Cabaret before, I encourage you to come see the Theatre’s production, as we always breathe new life into classic musicals,” artistic director Andrew Kato said. “Our Cabaret is a dramatic, intimate piece, with politically-charged love stories that take center stage.”
Based on John Van Druten’s 1951 play I Am a Camera and featuring a memorable Kander and Ebb score, the entire show takes place in a cabaret, setting the scene for a particularly unique aspect of the production: nearly all of the show’s performers sing, dance and play musical instruments. “The added responsibility of playing instruments forges a unique bond amongst the actors. They truly become an orchestra ensemble, as well as an acting ensemble,” said the show’s director, BT McNicholl.
The actors-as-orchestra concept serves as a metaphor for the show’s setting and time: Germany in the Weimar period (1919-1933), when rampant inflation and poverty defined the country as a carefree, anything goes and excessive world that led to Hitler’s rise. The concept also allows the production to be re-imagined to focus more on its love stories and politically-fractured heartbreak.
A celebrated Broadway veteran, McNicholl has directed musicals such as Billy Elliot and Spamalot, and wrote and directed the musical The It Girl. He is the premiere director given permission to direct this particular revival the 1998 Broadway revival, which ran for 2,377 performances – of Cabaret. The show went on to become the third longest-running revival in Broadway musical history.
The production features Broadway actress Kate Shindle (Wonderland, Legally Blonde, Miss America 1998) as Bowles; popular South Florida actor Bruce Linser (last seen at the Theatre in Deathtrap and The Full Monty) as Cliff Bradshaw; and revered New York actor Christopher Sloan (All Shook Up, The Producers) as the Emcee.
As a special opportunity for the show, the Theatre is offering a limited number of extra-special VIP seats at cabaret-style tables, including two complimentary beverages per person and cast interaction before and during the show. VIP tickets are available by phone or at the box office; call (561) 575-2223. Cabaret is sponsored by California Closets and the John McDonald Company. For a behind-the-scenes peek at the Theatre’s show, visit www.jupitertheatre.org/shows.cabaret. Unique sites have been created for all of the Theatre’s season shows; find links at www.jupitertheatre.org.
The Theatre also has several other Cabaret-themed events in January, including a free showing of the Academy Award-winning movie Cabaret, a Cabaret-themed Nunsense show and a sizzling Cabaret After Dark experience. Details can be found at www.jupitertheatre.org. Matinee and evening performances are available, with group discounts for 20 or more. For tickets, call (561) 575-2223 or visit www.jupitertheatre.org.
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