Coronado Playhouse presents Kander and Ebb’s award-winning musical Cabaret, opening Friday, March 22nd and playing until Sunday, April 28th at Coronado Playhouse. When Cabaret was originally produced and directed by renowned Broadway director Hal Prince in 1966, conflict in America was the central theme found in politics and society at large. Despite the Civil Rights Bill being signed in 1964, race riots and shootings of African Americans were commonplace in our country. Hal Prince was very cognizant of these events and he wanted to use the musical theatre art form to create a cautionary tale set in pre-World War II Germany to illustrate to a 1960s audience how important it is to not repeat the errors of the past. It is undeniable that this tale is still relevant today. Playing on these themes, Coronado Playhouse’s production will evaluate the psychology of how our well-intended goals can easily degrade because of fear and lack of empathy.
Audience members are invited to be active participants in this drama from the moment they step into the theatre where their “table is waiting,” as they become patrons at Weimar’s 1931 Kit Kat Club and interact with the Kit Kat Girls and the fabulous Master of Ceremonies. The intimacy and immersive quality of the Playhouse will lend a hand in creating a unique theatre experience for the audience.
Written by Joe Masteroff, with music and lyrics by Broadway legends John Kander and Fred Ebb, Cabaret debuted on Broadway in 1966. The 1972 movie, directed by Bob Fosse and starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York and Joel Grey, won eight Academy Awards. The Playhouse presents the 1998 Broadway revival version of Cabaret, conceptualized by Sam Mendes and first presented at the Donmar Warehouse in London’s West End in 1993 before transferring five years later to the Roundabout Theatre on Broadway. This production famously starred Alan Cumming as the Emcee and garnered 10 Tony Award nominations in 1998, winning for Best Musical Revival and Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for Cumming. Musical numbers in the show include Wilkommen, Mein Herr, Perfectly Marvelous, Don’t Tell Mama, Maybe This Time, the haunting Tomorrow Belongs to Me and the title song, Cabaret.
Coronado Playhouse has raised the bar yet again in bringing together a 100% professional creative dream team, all of whom are making Playhouse debuts on this production. La Jolla Playhouse’s Director of Education and Outreach Julia Cuppy directs. Julia boasts an impressive resume as a stage director, actor and dramaturg and brings years of experience in professional theatre to the table. She and Associate Producer Adam Cuppy worked together closely to develop this stage concept for CPH which involves a re-design of the theatre with on-stage seating and direct audience/actor interaction. She is joined by Music Director Ian Brandon. New to San Diego, Ian Brandon hails from the U.K. where his professional work as a Music Director includes productions in London’s West End and National #1 Tours. Ian has vast experience teaching and Music Directing at several of London’s most prestigious musical theatre acting conservatories and is thrilled to be working alongside Julia and choreographer Jaese Lecuyer. Jaese is visiting Coronado from his home in North Dakota specially to be part of the Cabaret creative team. A long-time collaborator with Julia Cuppy, Jaese is a multi-disciplinary artist with a wealth of theatrical choreography experience under his belt.
Tickets range from $22-$28 and are available through Coronado Playhouse’s Box Office at (619) 435-4856 or online at www.CoronadoPlayhouse.com.
Community Partners – Coronado Public Library
Community Theatre is made by, with and for the community in which it is performed. Coronado Playhouse is committed to pursuing community theatre in the truest sense of the words by giving back to the people of San Diego County and Coronado and using our public platform to help those in need.
During the run of Cabaret, Coronado Playhouse is partnering with Coronado Public Library in an effort to further support community spirit on the island of Coronado and enjoy this excellent establishment that benefits us all. This partnership will involve a special movie screening and talk-back at the library, along with a book drive throughout the run of this production. For more information, please visit: www.coronado.ca.us
Opening Night Members’ Mingler – Friday, March 22nd at 6:30 pm
Playhouse members are invited to a hosted Happy Hour at CPH for drinks and appetizers and to enjoy the ambiance and excitement of opening night.
Not a member? Not a problem! Membership starts at just $50 and can be purchased in advance or at the event.
Cabaret Movie Screening – Date TBD
at the Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado