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Moonbox Productions is thrilled to be bringing Kander and Ebb’s award-winning musical, CABARET to Boston!  Produced by Sharman Altshuler, directed and choreographed by Rachel Bertone with music direction by Dan Rodriguez, this production will run from April 14th to April 29th, at the Wimberly Theatre in the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts (527 Tremont Street, Boston). 

Because of mature themes, parental discretion is advised when considering bringing children under the age of 16.

The original musical of Cabaret was written in 1966 by Jon Kander (music), Fred Ebb (lyrics) and Joe Masteroff (book).  It was based on John van Druten’s 1951 play I am a Camera, which was itself inspired by the short novel Goodbye to Berlin (1939) by Christopher Isherwood.  The show enjoyed numerous revivals over the years, both in London and on Broadway, and Moonbox is very pleased to be presenting the version used in the show’s second Broadway revival in 1998.   This was the 1998 Broadway transfer of Sam Mendes’ 1993 London revival.  Mendes’ version of the show changed several aspects of the original 1966 musical (and its conventional first revival), the most prominent change being the character of the Emcee.  In the original versions the role (memorably played by Joel Grey) was a dapper, asexual figure, whereas Mendes’ Emcee (originated and revived by Alan Cummings) was a much more edgy, sexualized character.  In addition to a number of staging changes, Mendes’ version also includes both songs “I Don’t Care Much” which was cut form the original version of the show, as well as “Mein Herr” which was featured in the 1972 film.  The 1998 revival ran for 2,377 performances run, becoming the third longest-running revival in Broadway musical history, third only to Oh! Calcutta and Chicago. The 1998 revival won multiple Tony and Drama Desk awards including, in both cases, "Best Revival of a Musical".

In addition to being a show full of memorable songs and fabulous choreography, Cabaret is a gritty, sexy and thought-provoking musical about a society on the brink of catastrophic change.  Set during the 1930's in Germany, this hard-hitting story of oppression and perseverance takes place among a group of immigrant and marginalized residents of Berlin in their last remaining refuge: the underground world of the cabaret. The audience is taken deep into the seedy nightlife of the “Kit Kat Klub” on the eve of Hitler’s rise to power: Cliff Bradshaw (Jared Troilo*), a young American writer, newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken by the beguiling, self-destructive cabaret singer Sally Bowles (Aimee Doherty*).  Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider (Maryann Zschau), proprietor of Cliff and Sally’s boardinghouse, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz (Ray O'Hare), a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish.  With the Emcee’s (Phil Tayler*) bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich.  Musical numbers include well-known classics of the musical stage like “Money,” “Tomorrow Belongs To Me,” “Willkommen,” “Maybe This Time,” and of course “Cabaret.”  While this sumptuous and provocative musical classic may be  set in a different era, it is more relevant now than ever, exploring the devastating results of authoritarianism, bigotry, and cultural upheaval in times of political change.




Saturday April 14, 8pm

Sunday April 15, 2pm and 7pm

Thursday April 19, 7:30pm

Friday April 20, 8pm

Saturday April 21, 2pm and 8pm

Sunday April 22, 2pm

Thursday April 26, 7:30pm

Friday April 27, 8pm

Saturday April 28, 2pm and 8pm

Sunday April 29, 2pm