University of Findlay’s Theatre Program’s spring 2020 musical is the 1998 revival version of Kander and Ebb’s Tony Award-winning musical “Cabaret.”
The year is 1929. The place, Berlin’s bawdy nightspot, the Kit Kat Klub. Outside the club, Germany succumbs to the power of the emerging Third Reich. Inside the club, the Emcee (played by senior Ryan “Blake” Bush), Sally Bowles (played by junior Riley Klauza), and a raucous ensemble intoxicate audiences with promises that troubles are forgotten at the Cabaret.
Show times will be 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 and 22; and 2 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts.
Adult tickets are $12, and senior (ages 60 and older) tickets are $6 at the MCPA box office at 200 W. Main Cross St. They can also be purchased at www.mcpa.org or by calling 419-423-2787.
With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, “Cabaret” explores the dark and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Willkommen,” “Cabaret,” “Don’t Tell Mama” and “Two Ladies.”
“Cabaret” explores topics including inclusivity, racial profiling and fear of the other through musical theatre comedy and drama. While set in a different time period, the themes discussed in the show are relevant to today’s political and social climate, assistant professor of theatre and “Cabaret” director Meriah Sage said.
The show contains adult themes and is recommended for audience members 16 and older. The cast is comprised entirely of University of Findlay students.