Kritzer to Star in Cabaret for Theatre Under the Stars

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Recent Rooms star Leslie Kritzer has been cast as Sally Bowles in Houston's Theatre Under the Stars production of the Tony-winning Kander and Ebb musical Cabaret.
Leslie Kritzer
Leslie Kritzer

Kritzer, who earned an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for her work Off-Broadway in Rooms, will be part of a cast that also includes Tyler Hanes (A Chorus Line) as Cliff Bradshaw and the previously announced Leo Ash Evens (West Side Story) as the Emcee.

Bill Berry directs Cabaret, which will run June 16-28 at the Hobby Center for Performing Arts. TUTS will transform the Hobby Center into an environmental setting of the Kit Kat Club for the run of the musical.

Complete casting and creative duties will be announced shortly.

Kritzer most was most recently seen Off-Broadway in Paul Scott Goodman's rock musical Rooms at New World Stages. She also appeared as Jane Hurley in the intimate Broadway musical A Catered Affair and in the original cast of Legally Blonde the Musical. A Special Achievement MAC Award winner for her show Leslie Kritzer Is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches, Kritzer was Drama Desk-nominated for her performance Off-Broadway in The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Her stage credits also include Hairspray, Batboy, Godspell and Fanny Brice in the acclaimed Paper Mill Playhouse production of Funny Girl.

Originally directed and produced for the stage by Hal Prince, the premiere Broadway production of Cabaret earned eight 1967 Tony Awards including Best Musical. The original production starred Joel Grey, Jill Haworth and Lotte Lenya. 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," "Maybe This Time," "So What," "Don't Tell Mama," "I Don't Care Much" and the title song.

Grey, a Tony winner for the Broadway production, reprised his role for the 1972 Academy Award-winning film directed by Bob Fosse. "Cabaret" earned eight Academy Awards including Best Actress for Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles.

The 1998 Roundabout revival – under the direction of Sam Mendes – featured Alan Cumming and the late Natasha Richardson, who both earned Tony Awards for their work. The production also earned the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical.

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