Perry Award-winning Brook
Arts Center Community Players will present Kander and Ebb's classic Cabaret January 27, 28, 29 and February 3, 4 and 5, 2023, at the Brook
Arts Center located at 10 Hamilton Street, Bound Brook NJ.
Music by John Kander -
Lyrics by Fred Ebb - Book by Joe Masteroff - Based on the play by John
Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood.
Cabaret takes place
from 1929-1930 in the midst of a post-World War I economic depression.
It is a time when Berlin is transitioning from a center of underground,
avant-garde cultural epicenter to the beginnings of totalitarian regime
and the rise of the Nazi Party. Into this world enters Clifford
Bradshaw, a struggling American writer looking for inspiration for his
next novel. On his first night in Berlin, Cliff wanders into the Kit
Kat Klub, a seedy nightclub overseen by the strange, omniscient, and
gender-bending Master of Ceremonies, “the Emcee.” With a distinctly
Brechtian dose of provocation and a score featuring songs that have
become classics of the American Musical Theater, Cabaret is a
fierce, meaty musical that pushes the boundaries of the form and
literally holds “the mirror up to nature.”
The cast of Cabaret is
brought to life by some of New Jersey's most talented performers
including TJ McNeill (South Amboy) as The Emcee; Katie Toledo (New
Brunswick) as Sally Bowles; Ben Menahem (Milltown) as Clifford
Bradshaw; Kristie McClain (Verona) as Fraulein Schneider; Howard Smith
(Oceanport) as Herr Schultz; Crystal Ann Little (Denville) as Fraulein
Kost; Deke Stoklosa (Jersey City) as Ernst Ludwig. The Kit Kat
Girls / Boys: Juliana Martino (Metuchen) as Rosie; Kacie Broadfield
(Verona) as Lulu; Asher Allen (New Brunswick) as Frenchie; Jaclyn
Lenox (Martinsville) as Texas; Fola Walker (Franklin Park) as Fritzie; Kerri McNeill (Neptune) as Helga; Tyron Howard (Mountainside) as
Bobby; Brian Dennis (Monroe Township) as Victor; Jade Scharnikow
(Piscataway) as Hans. The Ensemble includes Jimena Torres
(North Plainfield) and Rose Arriaga (Somerset).
Cabaret is Produced by
Andrew S. Golden (Dunellen) and Christopher J. Guell (New Brunswick); Directed by Tom McNeill (South Amboy); Musically Directed by David F.
Shirley (Ocean Township); Choreographed by Alessandra Valea (Red Bank); Stage Managed by Dida Montalvo (East Brunswick); Costumed by
Jennifer Dowd (Metuchen) and Joann Falkenstein (Metuchen); Set Design
by Robert Nutter (Edison); Props by Bradford Lindsey (Edison); Lighting Design by Bob Seeselberg (Edison); Sound Design by Jaycob
Golden (LaSalle Peru, Illinois); Wig Design by Don Olah (New
Brunswick); Assistant Stage Managed by Elaina Misciagna (Avenel)