Cabaret at the KY Center Review!

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As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, the critically acclaimed and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present, direct from Broadway, the national tour of SAM MENDES (Skyfall, American Beauty) and ROB MARSHALL’s (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award®-winning production of CABARET, playing March 8-13 at The Kentucky Center at as part of the PNC Broadway in Louisville series.

I had the pleasure of seeing this phenomenal show last night at the KY Center and I highly recommend you b2ap3_thumbnail_c2_20160310-033158_1.jpgget tickets now and go have a great date night this weekend!  JOHN KANDER, FRED EBB and JOE MASTEROFF’s Tony-winning musical features some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.”

CABARET is set in 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. Randy Harrison (Emcee) is pure perfection.  He embraces his character fully and brings both spirit and sadness to the depth of what the Emcee is going through during the tumultuous changes going on in Berlin.  Delivering just as strong of a performance is Andrea Goss (Sally Bowles) who is the more glamorous of all of the Kit Kat Klub girls.  As a young cabaret performer, she belts her heart out in at least 4 major songs that are impressive!  She falls in love with a young American writer Lee Aaron Rosen (Cliff Bradshaw.)  A sub-plot involves the doomed romance between German boarding house owner Fräulein Schneider and her elderly suitor Herr Schultz, a Jewish fruit vendor. The club serves as a metaphor for ominous political developments in late Weimar Germany.

b2ap3_thumbnail_c1_20160310-033139_1.jpgThe set, though simple, is eye catching in that the Band members are atop a large platform and you frequently see cast member join the band to play various instruments.   There are some songs/scenes a little hard to understand because of the accents the actors are using, but you get the overall gist of the storyline.  

If you are not sure what to expect from this show, know going in that it is racy and shocking at times.  It is different from the movie version and has a very political undertone.  However, the show is a snapshot of a troubled time in history and can be very interesting for high schoolers, but does include some scantily-clad performers, frequent sexual references, and reference to abortion.  Viewer discretion is advised! 

Roundabout Theatre Company’s acclaimed production of CABARET opened in Spring of 2014 with Alan Cumming reprising his Tony-winning role as the Emcee.  The show closed on Broadway on March 29, 2015, starring Alan Cumming and Sienna Miller at Studio 54.

The creative team includes direction by Sam Mendes, co-direction and choreography by Rob Marshall, set and club design by Robert Brill, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Peggy Eisenhauer and Mike Baldassari and sound design by Brian Ronan.  Cabaret is based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood.

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Roundabout’s production of Cabaret opened on Broadway on March 19, 1998 starring Alan Cumming and Natasha Richardson and won four Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical.  Alan Cumming received the Tony Award for Best Actor in 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 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 1166 performances.

The show runs through Sunday, March 13th!  Tickets starts at just $32!

http://www.kentuckycenter.org/all-shows/cabaret