Karen Azenberg directs and choreographs the hybrid Equity and student cast at the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre in Storrs, CT. The students are from the University of Connecticut's respected actor training program.
The 1986 rewrite of the 1966 musical will be presented. In the mid-1990s a second revision was created by director Sam Mendes and became a smash in London and later Broadway.
The cast includes Perry Ojeda (Broadway's On the Town, and Babes in Arms for Encores!), Scott Robertson (of Broadway's recent Cabaret and Damn Yankees starring Jerry Lewis) as Herr Schultz, and Melinda Tanner (Broadway's The Robber Bridegroom) as Frau Schneider, with Lauretta Pope (a second year student in UConn's Master of Fine Arts acting program) as Sally Bowles, Michael Hanson (a third year student in UConn's Bachelor of Fine Arts acting program) as Clifford Bradshaw.
Cabaret, based on the stories of Christopher Isherwood and the play I Am a Camera, is set in Berlin at the beginning of the rise of the Third Reich and follows the story of Sally Bowles, an English cabaret performer, and her love affair with American writer Clifford Bradshaw.
The original Broadway production won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Composer & Lyricist for Kander and Ebb. The libretto is by Joe Masteroff. Ken Clark is music director/conductor. The design team includes Jerad Schomer (scenic), Dragana Vucetic (costume), Art Whaley (lighting) and Eric Boudreau (sound).
Cabaret is being produced by Connecticut Repertory Theatre and presented by the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. This represents the first such arrangement between the two UConn arts organizations.
"By combining resources, both organizations are able to provide an even wider audience with high quality professional musical theatre," according to a statement.
For more information, call (860) 486-4226 or visit www.crt.uconn.edu.