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OFFBEAT: 'Cabaret' kicks-off Marriott Theatre's 2014 stage season

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2013-12-28T00:00:00Z OFFBEAT: 'Cabaret' kicks-off Marriott Theatre's 2014 stage seasonBy Philip Potempa philip.potempa@nwi.com, (219) 852-4327 nwitimes.com

With New Year's Eve comes thoughts of nightclubs, singing, dancing and fun frolicking for 2014.

But even after the confetti has been swept up next week, the excitement and entertainment continues with the musical theater treasure "Cabaret" kicking off the Marriott Theatre's 2014 season with previews Jan. 15 and opening Jan. 22 and running through March 16 at this great stage space at 10 Marriott Dr. in Lincolnshire, Ill.

"Cabaret" is Kander and Ebb's legendary musical about English cabaret performer Sally Bowles, American writer Clifford Bradshaw, and the decadence of 1929 Berlin. The production is directed by David H. Bell with choreography by Matt Raftery and Musical Direction by Ryan T. Nelson.

With mounting fear and uncertainty outside, the rousing Emcee welcomes audiences into the Kit Kat Klub and a world where troubles are left at the door. "Cabaret" is written by Joe Masteroff with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. The classic score includes "Maybe This Time," "Money" and of course, "Cabaret." Based on Christopher Isherwood's novel "The Berlin Stories" and John Van Druten's play "I Am a Camera," "Cabaret" won eight 1967 Tony Awards (including Best Musical and Best Score) and Bob Fosse's 1972 film adaptation won eight Oscars, including Best Actress for Liza Minnelli.

"Cabaret" features Megan Sikora as Sally Bowles, Patrick Sarb as Clifford Bradshaw and Stephen Schellhardt as the Emcee. It also includes Annabel Armour as Fraulein Schneider, Craig Spidle as Herr Schultz, Christine Sherrill as Fraulein Kost, Jameson Cooper as Ernst Ludwig, and ensemble members Holly Becker, Brian Bohr, Adam Estes, Chadae Nichol, Alexandra Palkovic, Liam Quealy, Sam Rogers, Holly Stauder, Jonny Stein, Brandi Wooten, Bernie Yvon and Melissa Zaremba.

The "Cabaret" production team is led by the Marriott Theatre's lead artistic director Aaron Thielen. Set Design is by Tom Ryan, Costume Design by Nancy Missimi, Lighting Design by Diane Ferry Williams, Sound Design by Bob Gilmartin and Properties Design by Sally Weiss. The Marriott Theatre Orchestra is conducted by musical supervisor Patti Garwood.

"Cabaret" is suggested for audiences aged 16 years and up due to mature subject matter.

The performance schedule is 1 and 8 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 4:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $40 to $48, excluding tax and handling fees. Students 17 and under and senior citizen 62 and older receive $5 off a full price theater ticket for Wednesday Matinee, Saturday Matinee, Sunday Matinee and Sunday afternoon performances. On Wednesday and Thursday evenings a limited number of Dinner and Theatre tickets are available for only $55 per person. For Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening dinner reservations in The King's Wharf or Fairfield Inn, please call (847) 634-0100. There's free parking is available at all performances. FYI: (847) 634-0200 or MarriottTheatre.com.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at philip.potempa@nwi.com or (219) 852-4327.

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