PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "Welcome to Berlin!" Inside the Kit Kat Klub With Cabaret Stars Hunter Ryan Herdlicka and Liz Pearce
By Matthew Blank
Kander and Ebb's classic musical Cabaret is playing at Repertory Theater of St. Louis in a new staging by Tony Award nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge. Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (Cliff) and Liz Pearce (Sally Bowles) share some backstage photos.
"Ever since I saw the last Broadway revival with Natasha Richardson I have wanted to play Sally Bowles," Pearce told Playbill.com. "I am English and it is one of those classic British characters that so many incredible actresses before me have played. It is truly an honor to tackle so complicated and intoxicating a role. Marcia Milgrom-Dodge, our amazing director, and I have worked together many times too and, with the legendary Nathan Lee Graham as our Emcee, it is a dream team!"
"Playing the role of Cliff Bradshaw has really been one of the greatest experiences," adds Herdlicka. "I feel as though the character is constantly overlooked, but I'm realizing it's sadly because actors haven't gone deep enough into his story and conflict. Bert Convy, the original Cliff, described the role as 'a guy who stands around and watches everyone else get their licks in.' However, I don't agree at all. Cliff is the Everyman who struggles with his sexuality, his art, his work, his passions and his beliefs. I look forward to taking this journey 8 times a week and am really looking forward to the revival."
Dodge (Ragtime) directs and choreographs the Tony Award-winning musical that runs through Oct. 6. Dodge's vision for Cabaret includes casting African American performer Graham in the central role of the mysterious Emcee.
"Yes, our story is centered on the German-Jewish-Nazi conflict, but the person who invites the audience into this story; the one who breaks the fourth wall and comments on the action; the one who satirizes the plight of Sally Bowles and her unlikely suitor, Cliff; the one who portends to know the outcome, is the Emcee," she said in a statement. "What an exciting opportunity to add another layer to this story in a way that makes it even more provocative in its telling in the year 2013."
Graham, who was recently seen Off-Broadway in Hit the Wall and in the Broadway production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, leads a cast that includes Liz Pearce (Sense & Sensibility) as Sally Bowles and Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music) as Cliff.
The cast of Cabaret also includes Blake Ellis as Ernst, Michael Marotta as Herr Schultz, Mary Gordon Murray as Fraulein Schneider, Dana Winkle as Fraulein Kost, and Bradley Benjamin, Blake Clendenin, Carl Draper, Timothy Hughes, Jolina Javier, Dennis Kenney, Sean Maddox and Angelica Richie.
Cabaret has set design by Michael Schweikardt, costume design by Angela Wendt, lighting design by John Lasiter and sound design by Acme Sound Partners.
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.
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