Cabaret National Tour Introduces New Sally Bowles and Emcee | Playbill

National Tour News Cabaret National Tour Introduces New Sally Bowles and Emcee Leigh Ann Larkin and Jon Peterson will join the company.
Leigh Ann Larkin

The ongoing North American tour of Kander and Ebb's Cabaret has announced that Leigh Ann Larkin and Jon Peterson are joining company as Sally Bowles and the Emcee, respectively.

Larkin (Dainty June in Gypsy) steps into the role of the free-spirited nightlclub singer February 7; Peterson (Cabaret on Broadway) assumes the role of the spectral master of ceremonies on February 21.

The tour features original Broadway direction by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes (director) and Academy Award nominee Rob Marshall (co-director/choreographer), who recreated their direction and choreography from the 1998 Tony Award-winning production for the 2014 Broadway return of the musical at Studio 54. The tour direction is under the helm of BT McNicholl.

The touring cast also features Benjamin Eakeley (Cabaret/Broadway) as Clifford Bradshaw, Alison Ewing (Cabaret/Broadway) as Fräulein Kost, Mary Gordon Murray (Hands on a Hardbody) as Fräulein Schneider, Scott Robertson (Cabaret on Broadway) as Herr Schultz, and Patrick Vaill (Macbeth) as Ernst Ludwig.

Completing the cast (which also doubles as the Kit Kat Klub Band) are Kelsey Beckert (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), Sarah Bishop (42nd Street), Chelsey Clark, Jenna Zito Clark (Saturday Night Fever), Ryan DeNardo (Grease), Lori Eure (Cabaret/Broadway), Kendal Hartse (Cinderella), Andrew Hubacher (Cabaret/Broadway), Joey Khoury (Altar Boyz), Chris Kotera (Evita), Tommy McDowell (American Idiot), Laura Sheehy (Cabaret/Broadway), Steven Wenslawski (Spamalot), Bob Amaral (A Funny Thing….) and Lucy Sorlucco (The Phantom of the Opera). The Kit Kat Band is under the direction of conductor Robert Cookman and also features Alec Bart (associate music director/keyboard), Bobby Brennen (bass), Preston Haining (trumpet) and Taurus Lovely (drums).

The remaining tour itinerary follows:

Boston, MA, Boston Opera House, Jan. 31–Feb. 12
Toronto, ON, Princess of Wales Theatre, Feb. 14–19
East Lansing, MI, Wharton Center for Performing Arts, Feb. 21–26
Appleton, WI, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Feb. 28–March 5
St. Louis, MO, The Fabulous Fox, March 7–19
Madison, WI, Overture Center for the Arts, March 21–26
Columbus, OH, Ohio Theatre, March 28–April 2
Philadelphia, PA, Academy of Music, April 4–9
Naples, FL, Artis-Naples, April 12–16
Buffalo, NY, Shea’s Performing Arts Center, April 25–30
Rochester, NY, Auditorium Theatre, May 2–7
Schenectady, NY, Proctors, May 9–14
San Jose, CA, Center for the Performing Arts, June 6–11
Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre, June 13–25
Portland, OR, Keller Auditorium, June 27–July 2
Washington, DC, Eisenhower Theatre/ The Kennedy Center, July 11–August

The remounting of Cabaret returned to Broadway March 21, 2014, and officially opened April 24. It ran 388 performances, through March 29, 2015. This tour launched in January 2016. Roundabout's first production of Cabaret opened on Broadway March 19, 1998, starring Cumming and Natasha Richardson and won four Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Actor and Best Actress in a Musical. The production played for six years through January 4, 2004. Cabaret premiered on Broadway in 1966 and won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The original design team also returned for the 2014 production, including set and club design by Robert Brill, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Peggy Eisenhauer and Mike Baldassari and sound design by Keith Caggiano, based on the Broadway design by Brian Ronan. Robert Cookman is the musical director. Patrick Vaccariello is in charge of music supervision and vocal arrangements.


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(Updated February 7, 2017)

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