Cabaret will be presented at the Charleston Light Opera Guild Theatre on July 31, August 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9. Auditions for the production will be held at the Guild Theatre June 4, 6 and 11. The musical is sponsored by Mrs. Alex Schoenbaum. The Guild previously produced the musical in 1973, 1980 and 1989.
Cabaret is based on the 1951 play I am A Camera by John Van Druten which was adapted from a short novel by Christopher Isherwood. The 1966 musical with a book by Christopher Isherwood, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb won 8 Tony Awards including best musical, best score and best leading actor for Joel Grey as the Emcee. A 1972 awarded film version starred Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles and Joel Grey reprising his role of the Emcee with direction and choreography by Bob Fosse. A revival also starring Grey was remounted in 1987 and a revamped version in 1998 starring Alan Cumming and Natasha Richardson won 7 Tony Awards including best revival of a musical. Recently a production headed by Cumming and Michelle Williams and later Emma Stone played Broadway.
Set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, the action is based on the nightlife at the seedy KIt Kat Klub in Berlin and revolves around the young English cabaret performer, Sally Bowles, and her relationship with a young American writer, Cliff Bradshaw. A secondary story revolves around an older German boarding house owner and her Jewish fruit shop owner suitor.
The hit score includes Willkommen, Don't Tell Mama, Married, If You Could See Her, Tomorrow Belongs to Me and Cabaret.
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