Oct. 21-23, 27-31—WOODSTOCK—Pentangle Arts invites all to leave your troubles outside and come to its production of “Cabaret” based on the 1998 production directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall. The show opens Friday, Oct. 21, and closes with a special Halloween performance on Oct. 31.
This legendary musical takes the audience to Berlin in the 1930s, an epicenter of underground, avant-garde culture, in a country grappling with economic and political ruin amid the rise of the Nazi party. “Cabaret” illustrates the ways in which citizens cope with a nation in crisis. Some withdraw into another world— in this case a racy cabaret where “life is beautiful”—while others willfully follow charismatic rhetoric and propaganda in pursuit of a more desirable future.
Enter the world of the Kit Kat Club, a seedy, dark, sexually charged haven where patrons are encouraged to “enjoy the divine decadence” and forget the world outside. Bringing the Kit Kat Club to life are Broadway actors Nicolette Hart (“Rent,” “Legally Blonde,” “The Wedding Singer,” “Million Dollar Quartet,” “Bette Midler World Tour”) as Sally Bowles, an utterly lost vivacious cabaret performer, and Joey Calveri (“Trip of Love,” “Rock of Ages,” “Wonderland”) as the gender-bending emcee; with local resident Tesha Buss as the fiery Fräulein Kost. Local cast members representing some of the Upper Valley’s best talents along with some of New York’s rising talents include: Mike Backman as Herr Shultz, Kim Meredith as Fräulein Schneider, Rob Brinkmann as Clifford Bradshaw, Collen Doyle as Ernst Ludwig, and Kit Kat Boys and Girls: Nate Hinson, Anthony Wright, James Oblak, Kat Eichler, Katie Kitchel, Iva Wich, Elise Ballard, Sarah Treanor and Rebecca Frazier.
According to Director Joey Murray, “‘Cabaret’ is as relevant today as it was when it premiered 50 years ago. As a director and artist, I believe it is my responsibility to reflect what is going on in the world today in my work. I hope audiences will come to ‘Cabaret’ not only to be entertained, but to question, think and truly have an emotional, human, and evocative theatrical experience.”
Don’t miss the classic Broadway musical production of “Cabaret” Oct. 21-23 and Oct. 27-31 at Woodstock Town Hall Theatre. For more information and to book tickets, visit pentanglearts.org/Cabaret or call 802-457-3981.
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Nicolette Hart will star as Sally Bowles in the Pentangle production of “Cabaret.”