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‘Cabaret’ plays Sondheim theater Friday evening

Apr 23, 2018

Based on Roundabout Theater Company’s Tony Award-winning production, the landmark musical “Cabaret” comes to life at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts.

Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the emcee Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd -- and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous times?

Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.”

“Cabaret” recently turned 50 and this incarnation, which is the national tour of Roundabout Theater Company’s 2014 revival. The show’s premise is a classical musical as pure as boy meets girl. Aspiring novelist Clifford Bradshaw arrives in Berlin in the 1930s with his typewriter and chronic writer’s block.

While taking in the sights at the scuzzy Kit Kat Klub, an emblem of the utter decadence of the era, he meets Sally. They fall madly in love and spend far too much time hopping from party to party, before various romantic and sexual complications begin to rain down.

The show, with a book by Joe Masteroff and music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, is packed with infectious and moving songs, but for all the exuberant song and dance, the most powerful aspect of Cabaret,” in all its various incarnations, is the political wallop that it delivers. At its core, “Cabaret” is a devastating critique of apathy, and a clever and terrifying look at totalitarianism.

Tickets for “Cabaret” are $49 for Zone 1, $44 for Zone 2, $39 for Zone 3, $24 for Zone 4 and $10 for students and youth. Tickets are available at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center ticket office, 472-2787 and www.FairfieldACC.com.

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