Cabaret
A.R.T. Season
OBERON Shows
August 31, 2010 through October 29, 2010
“An irresistible display of physical energy and emotional intensity.... Palmer’s sinuous voice weaves hypnotically through her viscerally satisfying melodies.”
THE BOSTON GLOBE, ON THE ONION CELLAR

Take your seat at the Kit Kat Klub, the perfectly marvelous cabaret where singer Sally Bowles meets writer Cliff Bradshaw. As the two pursue a life of pleasure in Weimar Berlin, the world outside the Klub begins to splinter. Sally and Cliff are faced with a choice: abandon themselves to pleasures promised by the cabaret, or open their eyes and face the coming storm. Singer and songwriter Amanda Palmer of Dresden Doll fame stars as the Kit Kat Klub's magnetic Emcee, presiding over the debauched party where nothing is as it seems, with A.R.T. regulars Remo Airaldi, Thomas Derrah, and Jeremy Geidt.

"There was a cabaret, and there was a Master-of-Ceremonies and there was a city called Berlin in a country called Germany. It was the end of the world...and I was dancing with Sally Bowles and we were both asleep…" - Cliff in Cabaret

Amanda Palmer - Leeds United: 

Amanda Palmer "Leeds United" Music Video

Amanda Palmer of Dresden Dolls fame will be starring as the Emcee in Cabaret. Check out this video of Amanda Palmer performing in her signature style.

Credits  
   
Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by   John Van Druten and
Stories by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Directed by Steven Bogart
Starring Amanda Palmer as the Emcee
   
1998 Broadway production co-directed and choreographed by Rob Marshall and directed by Sam Mendes  
   
Cast  
   
Emcee Amanda Palmer*
Sally Bowles Aly Trasher*
Cliff Bradshaw Matt Wood
Fraulein Schneider Thomas Derrah*
Herr Schultz Remo Airaldi*
Ernst Ludwig David Costa*
Fraulein Kost Claire Elizabeth Davies*
Max Jeremy Geidt*
Kit Kat Dancers  
     Rosie Lucille Duncan*
     Louie Gaetano Pugliese
     Frenchie Eric Johnson
     Texas Tamara Hickey*
     Fritzie Renée-Marie Brewster**
     Helga Jordy Lievers
Ensemble  
     Bobby Christopher I. Thomas
     Victor Ed Walsh
     Hansel Annika Franklin
 
(*) Members of Actors Equity Association
(**) Appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association
 
Staff  
   
Set and Costume Design David Israel Reynoso
Lighting Design Nicholas D. Vargelis
Sound Design Clive Goodwin
Casting Ariane Barbanell
Stage Manager Katherine Shea
Movement Director Steven Mitchell Wright
Production Associate Taylor Adamik
Assistant Director Jilian Singer
Voice Coach Karen Kopryanski
Dramaturgy Jessica Green
  Rachel Hutt
Cabaret Artist in Residence Rick Berry
Stage Management Interns Chelsea Parrish
  Maia Gokhale
Kit Kat Club Orchestra  
   
Music Director/Conductor/Piano Debra Barsha
  Lance Horne
Saxophone/Clarinet/Flute Kelly Roberge+
Trumpet/Accordion Tom Duprey+
Trombone/Violin/Banjo/Guitar David Finch+
Bass Paul Dilley+
Drums Dov Michael Schiller+
   
(+) Members of the Boston Musicians' Association
“I'm over the moon about being able to use OBERON as an artistic playground this fall . . . and this project is long-time dream-collision of working on Cabaret and working with Steven Bogart, whose directing genius will finally find the audience it deserves.”
Amanda Palmer

Make no mistake - the nightmarish quality of Cabaret is omnipresent, accentuated by the ghostly, powdery makeup adorning the faces and bodies of the Kit Kat Dancers, the lonely, hollow sound of a train whistle, the blinding white spotlight emulating an oncoming train, and the gruesome closing scene that sears itself into your retina. More

In this Plugged In, local chanteuse, Amanda Palmer lights up the stage in the American Repertory Theater's rendition of Cabaret. More

"Cabaret" seemed like an odd choice for a follow-up to the American Repertory Theater’s amazing first season under the artistic direction of Diane Paulus. But Paulus once again proves she knows how to pick a winner. More

Amanda Palmer's Kit Kat collaborative. More

"Cabaret," which runs until October 30 at OBERON, forces audience members to enter a world that at first glance might seem like a far cry from the streets outside. It’s self-aware and understands the possibility for theater to become removed from the patrons it entertains, while still feeling emotionally relevant. More

Constant motion, fine directing mark American Repertory Theater’s ‘CabaretMore

A few weeks back we were able to speak to both Amanda Palmer and Steven Bogart, the star and director respectively of the American Repertory Theatre’s production of Cabaret. More

The indie rock singer discusses taking on the role of the Emcee in A.R.T's gender-bending production of Cabaret. More

A history of the German cabaret. More

A.R.T. Dramaturg Ryan McKittrick interviews Steven Bogart, director of Cabaret, and Amanda Palmer, the Emcee in Cabaret. More

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Press Releases

For Immediate Release August 26, 2010 Contact: Kati Mitchell617-496-2000 x 8841kati_mitchell@harvard.edu American Repertory TheaterAnnounces Creative Teams for the 2010/11 Season Cambridge, Mass — The...
For Immediate Release July 26, 2010Contact: Kati Mitchell 617-495-2668kati_mitchell@harvard.edu   American Repertory Theaterannounces the cast and creative team forCABARETby Kander and Ebbdirected by...
Contact: Kati Mitchell617-496-2000x8841kati_mitchell@harvard.edu For release on Friday, May 7, 2010 American Repertory TheaterAnnounces its 2010/11 Season:CABARET • ALICE vs. WONDERLAND • THE BLUE...

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Venue

2 Arrow St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Venue Map

Need to know

Don't miss out on the Cabaret VIP Amanda Palmer Experience. VIP tickets may still be available for sold out shows! Learn more

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The production contains nudity, and simulated sex and drug use. Recommended for 16 and older, unless accompanied by an adult.

Access

Accessibilty
Assistive Listening Devices
Large Print Programs

Come to the Cabaret: A special panel discussion co-presented by the A.R.T. and the Humanities Center at Harvard, moderated by Homi K. Bhabha. September 20 at 6:30 p.m. Learn more

Performance sponsors:

Don and Susan Ware

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