Saturday, January 28, 2023

OPENING THIS WEEKEND: "Cabaret" at the Brook Arts Center



Willkommen! Bienvenue! Welcome! to

the Brook Arts Center Community Players' Production of 








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)