Sierra Stages presents Cabaret in Nevada City

 

SIERRA STAGES BRINGS THE LEGENDARY musical “Cabaret” to Nevada City with an all-local Nevada County production playing from July 11 through August 3 at the historic Nevada Theatre.

With a book by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, this musical masterpiece marks the 11th annual summer musical presented by Sierra Stages.

Inside Berlin’s seedy Kit Kat Klub, a flamboyant Master of Ceremonies invites patrons to partake in a decadent underworld of musical numbers, kick lines and torrid affairs — a welcome escape from the ever-growing Nazi influence just outside its doors.

As the political unrest nears a tipping point, the beautiful life the cabaret promises slowly begins to fade, putting love, friendship and loyalties to the test. This Tony Award-winning sensation, featuring such well-known songs as “Willkommen,” “Maybe This Time,” and “Cabaret,” is a daring and dazzling musical you won’t want to miss.

First produced and directed by Harold Prince over 50 years ago, “Cabaret” became a critical and box office success, won the 1967 Tony Award for Best Musical, and ran on Broadway for over three years in its original production. The 1972 film adaptation directed by Bob Fosse won eight Academy Awards.

The 1998 version of “Cabaret” has become the version that is most frequently performed today, and it is the version that will be presented by Sierra Stages. “‘Cabaret’, with its terrific score and enduring story, continues to have great resonance 53 years after its original production,” says managing director Peter Mason.

“Masteroff, Kander and Ebb have created a timeless cautionary morality tale about what can happen when we allow political extremists to demonize minorities and paint a picture of imminent destruction, then promise a return to the normalcy of a time (that never really existed) when things were simpler and less scary.”

The Sierra Stages production of “Cabaret” is directed by Scott Gilbert, with choreography by Brian Arsenault and music direction by Ken Getz, who will conduct the live theatre orchestra.

Following “Cabaret”, Sierra Stages will conclude its 2019 season with relatively new work: “The Thanksgiving Play” by Native American playwright Larissa FastHorse. It will be directed by Sandra Rockman and run from September 19-October 5 at the historic Nevada Theatre. For tickets or more information, visit SierraStages.org.

(Photo: Rich Bowen/London News Pictures/ZUMAPRESS.com)

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