OFFBEAT: Light Opera Works 'Cabaret' opens this month

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column
2013-08-03T00:00:00Z OFFBEAT: Light Opera Works 'Cabaret' opens this monthBy Philip Potempa, (219) 852-4327

Kander and Ebb's Tony Award-winning musical "Cabaret" capturing the excitement of German nightclub decadence of decades ago welcomes guests at Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium in Evanston, Aug. 10 to Aug. 25.

This production utilizes the original 1966 Broadway version with 25-piece orchestra, including a four-girl "Kit Kat Klub" band on stage.

"Cabaret" is based on John Van Druten's 1951 play "I Am A Camera," which in turn was based on Christopher Isherwood's novel of life in 1930s Berlin, "Goodbye Berlin." It details the revelers who party nightly at the divinely dishy Kit Kat Klub, where cabaret singer Sally Bowles and her American lover play out their romance even as Germany descends into madness.

Favorite Songs include "Wilkommen," "Don't Tell Mama" and the title song "Cabaret."

"Cabaret" is directed and choreographed by Stacey Flaster and conducted by Light Opera Works music director Roger L. Bingaman.

Rudy Hogenmiller stars as the Emcee, returning to the stage for the first time since being named artistic director of Light Opera Works in 2005. Other cast members include Jenny Lamb as Sally Bowles, David Schlumpf as Cliff Bradshaw, Barbara Clear as Fräulein Schneider and Jim Heatherly as Herr Schultz.

The design/production team for "Cabaret" includes Angela Weber Miller with scenic design, Jesus Perez for costumes, Sienna Macedon-Kusek doing hair and make-up, Andrew H. Meyers' lighting, Tom Campbell as stage manager and Katie Beeks as production manager.

"Cabaret" is Light Opera Works' second production of 2013. The season continues with the concert production "Gershwin's Greatest Hits" Oct. 4-13 and "Annie Get Your Gun" Dec. 21-31.

Discounted season ticket packages are still available.

Ticket prices for "Cabaret" range from $32 to $92. Ages 21 and younger are half price. FYI: (847) 920-5360 or

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