Life Is a Cabaret For Lisa O'Hare, Bryce Ryness, Jeff McLean, Starting Sept. 13

News   Life Is a Cabaret For Lisa O'Hare, Bryce Ryness, Jeff McLean, Starting Sept. 13 Ragtime Tony nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge directs and choreographs the Tony-winning musical Cabaret, the first production of Reprise Theatre Company's 2011-2012 season.

Lisa O'Hare
Lisa O'Hare Photo by Lisa Keating Photography

The John Kander-Fred Ebb musical plays UCLA's Freud Playhouse Sept. 13-25.

The cast features Zach Bandler as Ernst Ludwig, Lisa O'Hare as Sally Bowles, Jeff McLean as Cliff Bradshaw, Katrina Lenk as Fräulein Kost, Mary Gordon Murray as Fräulein Schneider, Robert Picardo as Herr Schultz and Bryce Ryness as the Master of Ceremonies.

The ensemble includes Bradley Benjamin, Jenna Coker-Jones, Rachel Crissman, Aurore Joly, Janelle Junio, Brett Leigh, Katharine Malak, Jonathan Mercer, Mark Reis, Josh Walden, Justin Michael Wilcox and Christopher Zenner.

In a previous statement director Dodge said, "It's incredibly timely and insightful for Reprise Theatre Company to produce this show now in 2011. Not only a classic American musical, Cabaret is a cautionary tale. It reminds us to pay close attention to what’s going on in our country right now; a show that warns us to keep our eyes open to a very volatile political climate. I want to explore the storytelling of the Isherwood tales; the German-Jewish-Nazi story. I can tell you this — what Hal Prince says the show is about is what the show is about: 'What would you do? This is a show about survival and about how most people unheroically look the other way in order to survive' [from the book 'Harold Prince and the American Musical Theatre' by Foster Hirsch]. All of this will be evident in the physical production and the relationships of the characters living and breathing life into this marvelous story."

The production also features audience onstage seating at café-style tables along with an eight-piece, all-girl band led by musical director Christy Crowl. Cabaret features a book by Joe Masteroff, based on the John Van Druten play "I Am a Camera" and the original stories by Christopher Isherwood. John Kander and Fred Ebb penned the Tony-Award winning score to the musical that features such hits as "Willkommen," "So What," "Don't Tell Mama" and the title song.

Jason Alexander is the artistic director of Reprise Theatre Company; Christine Bernardi Weil is managing director, and Gilles Chiasson is producing director.

For ticket information visit www.reprise.org or call the UCLA Central Ticket Office at (310) 825-2101.

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