STATEN ISLAND, NY — If the glitz and glamor of Broadway has you spinning, don’t miss Wagner College Theater’s “Cabaret,” a production where “decadent nightlife meets dangerous times.”
The show, which caps off Grymes Hill School’s 2021-22 season, will run for nine performances from April 28 to May 8 in the main hall.
Set on the eve of Hitler’s rise to power, “Cabaret” is based on the play “I Am a Camera” by John Van Druten and “The Berlin Stories” by Christopher Isherwood, with music by John Kander, featuring lyrics by Fred Ebb and book by Joe Masteroff.
The show is directed and choreographed by Andrew Glant-Linden under the musical direction of Logan Medland, both of Wagner College Theatre’s “She Loves Me”.
“Cabaret” tells the story of Clifford Bradshaw, a young American writer who arrives in Berlin and falls in love with cabaret singer Sally Bowles. Their romance sizzles amid the backstage culture of cabaret and the tumultuous atmosphere of pre-Nazi Germany.
One of Wagner College Theater’s most performed musicals, “Cabaret” has performed in 1974, 1991, 2003 and now in 2022.
The show had many Broadway and London revivals and won several Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score for John Kander (music) and Fred Ebb (lyrics) and compelling musical numbers, including “Willkommen”, “The Money Song”, “Tomorrow belongs to me” and “Cabaret”.
The Wagner College production features Liam Blanchard as Master of Ceremonies, Hannah Davis as Sally Bowles, Ian Dembek as Clifford Bradshaw, Cat Sapovitz as Fraulein Schneider, Seth Jolles as Herr Schultz, Liam Ellis as Ernst Ludwig, Kirby Sclafani as Fraulein Kost and Grace Beaudet, Emma Casertano, Jack Dunham, Elise Killian, Kyle Kimmel, Gracie Klebine, Valenzio Lazarczyk, Maddie LeFerr, Drew McClelland, Justin Patterson, Joshua Piper, Mackenzie Quinn Ross, Deidre Thompson, Mikayla Thrasher, Hayden Verbanas and Griffin Webb.
“Cabaret” is designed by Phill Hickox (sets), Vicki Neal (lighting), Richard Kroth (sound) and Brendan McCann (costumes). Beverly Brennan is associate director, Sarah Youman is assistant director, Kimberly Sanchez Garrido is production manager and Brian Sharron is technical director.
“The musical ‘Cabaret’ has had many different interpretations throughout its 56-year run,” said director Andrew Glant-Linden. “Basically, there are three different versions of the show. The original in 1966, the first revival in 1987, and the Donmar Warehouse/Roundabout Theater revival in 1998. All three are the exact same plot and for the most part the exact same script and score. Their differences mainly lie in the overall “tone” of the series and how the main character of Cliff is portrayed.”
Performances are Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. with matinees on Saturday April 30 and May 7 at 2 p.m. and Sunday May 8 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $30 (adults) and $27 (seniors) and must be ordered and purchased in advance with proof of vaccination sent by phone to 718 390-3259 or by email to [email protected]
All customers must be vaccinated and reinforced and wear masks when entering the main lobby.
THE LITTLE THEATER OF VICTORY
Next up at the Little Victory Theater is a production called ‘Red’, an interesting show about abstract expressionist, Mark Rothko, who just landed a commission to paint murals at the famed Four Seasons restaurant, the largest commission in the history of modernity. art.
Over the next two years, Rothko worked with his young assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery. When Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the possibility that his coronation could also become his undoing.
“Red,” by John Logan, will be performed at the Little Victory Theater located at 4089 Victory Blvd. to Travis ( www.littlevictorytheatre.com) for one weekend only on April 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. and Sunday May 1 at 2 p.m.
The show is directed by Rose Gilleece and starring playwright and actor Matthew Gilleece and veteran actor Eric Rosen.
“Red” is performed with special permission by Dramatics Play Service, Inc.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 718 524-8467 or emailing [email protected]
General admission is $35 and $30 for students, seniors, and military.