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Cabaret

a Musical
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA MUSICAL


COMPANY : Canton Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Canton Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 1165

SHOWING : March 03, 2005 - March 19, 2005

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Set in a night club in Berlin as the 1920’s are drawing to a close, the Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience to the show and assures them that, whatever their troubles, they will forget them at the Cabaret. His songs provide wry commentary throughout the show. This shows story is history in the process of being made. Musical numbers include “ It Couldn’t Please Me More”, “Wilkommen”, “Cabaret”, “Don’t Tell Mama” and “Two Ladies”. This is a story of a tumultuous and heartbreaking era and the people of Berlin leading up to the Third Reich.


CAST & CREW LIST
Assistant Stage Manager/Singer Hillari Fowlkes
Dancer Amy Cain
Male Will W Fowlkes
Sally Bowles Sara Holton
Cliff Bradshaw Russ D. Ivey
Kit Kat Girl Dawn Lokey
Dancer Jennifer Moses
Dancer Ann Roth
Herr Shultz Martin Smith
Ernst Ludwig Mike Wasson
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REVIEWS

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Wow! bring tissue!
by Nettie
Friday, March 4, 2005
NR
If I were to rate this it would be a 5 hands down no question in my book. There truly wasn't anybody in the show I wasn't impressed with or didn't like But I do know a couple of actors this show, so just to be honest my official rating is an NR. (But to be fair though, a lot of the shows I actually save money to go see wind up to be shows I know folks in.)

This was my first time to see Cabaret. I was expecting a story set around WWII. Because of the name, obviously, I was expecting to see Kit Kat girls. I didn't expect to become so fond of the characters involved, and for the Kit Kat scenes to be hysterically funny and the music breathtakingly beautiful. I was expecting a strong message. What I wasn't expecting was on top of that message, the powerful dynamics of the cliff and sally bowles story. All I can say is wow! bring tissue, you're going to need it!

The two that play the couple-- the German landlady and the Jewish gentleman-- frau schrader and herr schultz-- do a beautiful job of endearing the audience to their characters. Martin Smith-- what a voice!!

Mike Wasson as Ernst, is quite effective in the progression of his role -- I loved his character and was amazed and mad to discover how his character fit into the plot as the story progressed. The accents were great! My friend who spent a year in Germany would have been able to comfortably listen to the actors speak on stage. :)

I hope it's not giving anything major away to say I loved the gorilla! I laughed till I cried! And the narrator gentleman had so many songs that were just a mouthful to sing and he did so with a smile on his face-- like it was effortless...

Sara Holton does an amazing job as Sally Bowles-- you love that character one minute and hurt for her, hurt with her, and hurt AT her the next. Russ Ivey was phenomenal as Cliff Bowles, leading you through the complicated, difficult, beautiful, sad relationship and journey of the american author with those he knew and loved in Berlin during this trying time in history. That rich bairtone voice fit the songs he sang quite well. The last act was both shocking-- and breathtaking.

I went home-- overwhelmed-- by a wonderful performance that I both laughed with and cried over, with a new appreciation and sadness-- for those who actually lived through those times. It's hard to even get close to understanding what they must have gone through. Great performance, and a message to take home, and take time, and think over. Thanks canton theatre!


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oops by Nettie
i think the character's name was cliff bradshaw, not cliff bowles. oops! sorry!


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