Andrews, Mahler and Weitzer Love a Cabaret, Opening Aug. 19 in Chicago

News   Andrews, Mahler and Weitzer Love a Cabaret, Opening Aug. 19 in Chicago Jeff Award-winning director Jim Corti, who understudied Joel Grey on the 1980s national tour of the Broadway revival of Cabaret, directed and choreographed the new production of the Kander and Ebb musical that opens Aug. 19 after previews from Aug. 13 at Drury Lane Oakbrook in suburban Chicago.
Jim Weitzer and Zarah Mahler
Jim Weitzer and Zarah Mahler Photo by Johnny Knight

The production features Jim Weitzer as Clifford Bradshaw, Zarah Mahler as Sally Bowles, Patrick Andrews as the Emcee, Rebecca Finnegan as Fraulein Schneider, David Lively as Herr Schultz, Christine Sherrill as Fraulein Kost and Brandon Dahlquist as Ernst Ludwig. Corti's revival runs to Oct. 11 in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

Set in Berlin in 1930, Cabaret is the Tony Award-winning musical based on Christopher Isherwood's "Berlin Stories" and John Van Druten's play I Am a Camera. It follows an English nightclub singer, an American writer, a German landlady and a Jewish shopkeeper who find their destinies linked and their futures uncertain on the eve of the Third Reich.

The company also includes ensemble members Gary Carlson, Molly Curry, Jarret Ditch, Stephane Duret, Michael Glazer, Kent Haina, Jennifer Knox, Rob Lindley, Amber Mak, Nicole Pellegrino, Buddy Reeder, Summer Rich, Holly Stauder, Joey Stone, Richard Strimer, Amanda Tanguay, Erin Thompson and Melissa Zaremba.

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Cabaret has songs ("Don't Tell Mama," "Wilkommen," "Cabaret" and more) by John Kander and Fred Ebb, and a libretto by Joe Masteroff. The musical won eight 1967 Tony Awards (including Best Musical and Best Score) and ran for 1,165 performances. It was revived 20 years after its Broadway bow in a revised version directed by Harold Prince and starring Joel Grey as the Emcee. It had even greater success in a London-originated run that moved to Broadway in 1998 (Alan Cumming was the Emcee; the late Natasha Richardson was Sally). Chicago actor-director Jim Corti directed last season's Drury Lane hit Sweet Charity (winning a Jeff Award for Outstanding Direction) and Meet Me in St. Louis (Jeff Award nomination for Outstanding Direction).

The creative team includes musical director Doug Peck, scenic designer Brian Bembridge, lighting designer Jesse Klug, costume designer Tatjana Radisic, sound designer Cecil Averett and props designer Greg Isaac.

For reservations phone (630) 530-0111 or call TicketMaster at (312) 559-1212 or visit www.ticketmaster.com or www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.

Nicole Pelligrino, Amanda Tanguay, Patrick Andrews (center as Emcee), Amber Mak and Summer Rich
Nicole Pelligrino, Amanda Tanguay, Patrick Andrews (center as Emcee), Amber Mak and Summer Rich Photo by Johnny Knight