It’s “Willkommen” to the Kit Kat Club as Tennessee Repertory Theatre presents the multiple Tony Award-winning musical Cabaret. The show, with book and lyrics by Joe Masteroff and Fred Ebb and music by John Kander, runs Feb. 16 – March 16 at Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Johnson Theater (with preview performances Feb. 14 – 15).
Nashville favorite Jenny Littleton returns to Tennessee Rep’s stage in the iconic role of Sally Bowles. “I am really happy to be working with Tennessee Rep again,” Littleton says. “Cabaret will force me to step outside of my Doyle and Debbie comfort zone for a bit and challenge me to slip into another skin and another era altogether. I am especially looking forward to working with such a talented cast… and seeing many of them dance around in their underwear.”
In addition to Littleton, the production stars David Compton as the Emcee. Other members of the cast include Elizabeth Bailey, Mike Baum, Vanessa Callahan, Ruth Cordell, Rosemary Fossee, Stephen Jones, Caleb Marshall, Kristi Mason, Jeremy Maxwell, Marin Miller, Mia Rose, B. J. Rowell, Patrick Waller, Derek Whittaker, and Martha Wilkinson.
Take your seat at a bar table, order a little something from your fetching cocktail waitress, and immerse yourself in the musical theatre event of a lifetime. You’re not just at the show – you’re in the show (much like the celebrated New York revival at Studio 54 in the 1990s) as Tennessee Rep transforms Johnson Theater into 1930s Berlin.
Inside the cabaret, Sally Bowles and the beguiling Emcee live in a seedy, sexy world of delicious decadence, while outside, the gathering storm of Nazi oppression grows. Filled with hit Broadway songs and a story that still speaks profoundly to us today, Cabaret is a knock-out, once-in-a-lifetime theatrical experience.
Tennessee Rep Producing Artistic Director René D. Copeland says, “Dark, gritty, sexy, funny, heart-breaking…and wonderful music. What more can I say?
“Cabaret has been on my ‘dying-to-do’ list for some time now. It’s one of those musicals that brings so much more to the table than you expect. The story is rooted in a time and place rife with violence and uncertainty, a crumbling era when things were falling apart and danger was lurking in unexpected places.
“The impact of that time and place echoes in the music—the musical numbers are funny and entertaining, but there are undercurrents that give depth and unexpected impact. I love that—when something is more than it seems on the surface. As has become a benchmark for Tennessee Rep, we can’t wait to transform Johnson Theater in a way that will put our own special stamp on this multi-Tony-winning classic. “
Performance dates and times at TPAC’s Johnson Theater (505 Deaderick St.):
Thursday, Feb. 14, 6:30 pm (PREVIEW)
Friday, Feb. 15, 7:30 pm (PREVIEW)
Saturday, Feb. 16, 7:30 PM
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 6:30 PM
Thursday, Feb. 21, 6:30 PM
Friday, Feb. 22, 7:30 PM
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 6:30 PM
Thursday, Feb. 28, 6:30 PM
Friday, March 1, 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 2, 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Tuesday, March 5, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, March 6, 6:30 PM
Thursday, March 7, 6:30 PM
Friday, March 8, 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 9, 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Thursday, March 14 at 6:30 PM
Friday, March 15 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 16 at 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Tickets (starting at $42.50 for the general public – and at $11.50 for students with valid ID, some restrictions apply) are on sale at the TPAC Box Office, by phoning (615) 782-4040 or visiting www.tennesseerep.org.
*Photo of Jenny Littleton courtesy Tennessee Repertory Theatre.