The Boca Raton Theatre Guild will continue its extremely successful season with John Kander and Fred Ebb’s classic musical, Cabaret. The Guild’s recent production of Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound consistently filled the Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park to capacity throughout its run. Cabaret will run from February 25th through March 13th.
Set in Berlin in 1929, the dark side of Cabaret is always off-stage, while the customers of the Kit Kat Klub play out their existence with willful disregard of their country’s future decay into madness. Cabaret is based on John Van Druten’s 1951 play I Am a Camera, which in turn was adapted from short stories by Christopher Isherwood. The city was captured by Isherwood during this transition period of cafes and quaint avenues, grotesque nightlife and dreamers, and powerful mobs and millionaires in his classic fiction Berlin Stories in which his most famous creation, Sally Bowles, appears for the first time.
The production is directed by Keith Garsson, with choreography by Stacey Einhorn. The musical director is Roger Blankenship.
Director Garsson is thrilled to have the opportunity to direct one of musical theatre’s most memorable and beloved shows: “Once again lyricist and composers Fred Ebb and John Kander, Chicago, Zorba prove they can write a musical score suited to any time period, in this case: The Roaring Twenties including the Charleston and Honky-Tonk.”
“Cabaret also presents a unique opportunity for casting,” Says Garsson. “Two couples separated by years of experience and tied together at the Kit Kat Klub by one of the most iconic figures in musical history: The Emcee. We are fortunate to have some of South Florida’s finest musical theater performers, two veterans of national tours and three young local professionals you will soon be seeing everywhere.”
Cabaret’s cast includes:
Jeffrey Bruce (Herr Schultz) is a charter acting member of Zoetic Stage. He has appeared regionally in many productions, and played in many national tours, including Camelot (Mordred), The Music Man (Tommy), Flower Drum Song (Wang San) and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Jeffrey was the permanent guest host (21 years) on WXYZ’s Kelly & Company (Detroit).
Gail Byer (Frau Schneider) has appeared in Broadway musicals all over the world. Past roles include
(Golde), Fiddler on the Roof, (Reverend Mother), Nunsense, and (Anna), King & I. She has appeared on television in “The Glades,” “Burn Notice,” and in an infomercial for Didi Seven.
Joe Harter (Emcee) is making his BRTG debut with Cabaret. His credits from 2010 include Pan in Bat Boy, Slow Burn Theatre Company, (Matthew Lloyd) in Bare: A Pop Opera at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and Enoch Clay in Johnna Adams’s Angel Eaters with Infinite Abyss Productions, Empire Stage.
Mary Kate McMullen (Sally Bowles) a current FAU student, has been performing on their stage for the past three years. She received raves for “…providing beautiful soothing vocals as Miss Molloy…” at the Pope John Paul II High School’s Hello Dolly and further praise for her work as Catherine in their production of Pippin.
Peter Librach’s (Ernst Ludwig) credits include the National Tour of Godspell, Oliver!, Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, Funny Girl, The Sunshine Boys, Guys and Dolls, and many more. For the last three years he has worked as Producing Director for the New Vista Theatre Company.
Nate Lauar (Clifford Bradshaw) was last seen as Billy Bigelow in BRTG’S production of Carousel. He is very excited to be returning this year for their production of Cabaret. Some recent roles are: (David), Company, (Tony), West Side Story, and (Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf), Into The Woods.
Performances are Thursdays to Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. All tickets are $18 and are on sale now. Student tickets (with I.D.) are $10 on February 25th only. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Willow Theatre box office at 561-347-3948. For Group Sales call 561-948-2601. For more information please visit the Boca Raton Theatre Guild’s website at: www.brtg.org The Willow Theatre is located inside Sugar Sand Park at 301 South Military Trail in Boca Raton.
Richard Cameron of Theatre Chat thanks the Boca Raton Thetare Guild for this press release.