How do you put together a fully-staged musical theatre production in only nine days? Bryce Ryness, starring as the Emcee in Reprise Theatre Company's Cabaret, shows us just how it's possible with this exclusive behind-the-scenes look inside the practice studio.
He takes us from the earliest stages of memorizing lines and blocking to the move (with sets and costumes) into the Freud Playhouse, where performances continue through Sept. 25.
PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: How to Stage a Musical in Nine Days; Inside the Rehearsal Room With Cabaret's Bryce Ryness
Ragtime Tony nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge directs and choreographs the Tony-winning John Kander-Fred Ebb musical.
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.
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.