San Diego, CA – ion theatre proudly announces a revival of the iconic theater classic, Cabaret, with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Joe Masterhoff, directed by Founder and Executive Artistic Director Claudio Raygoza. This thrilling immersive reimagining of the beloved musical features ion member Linda Libby as the Emcee (Grey Gardens, Gypsy), and returning ion artists Cashae Monya as Sally Bowles (Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Chicago: A Speakeasy Cabaret), Michael Mizerany as Choreographer (Grey Gardens, Ass or a Midsummer Night’s Fever) and Morgan Carberry as Music Director (Sunday in the Park with George).
Cabaret will have its Media Opening at 4pm on Saturday, December 2, 2017. The Public Opening will take place that evening on Saturday December 2 at 8pm.
Set in 1930s Berlin, Cabaret centers around struggling American writer Clifford Bradshaw who seeks inspiration for his next novel. On his first night in town, Cliff wanders into the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy nightclub overseen by the strange, omniscient and gender-bending Master of Ceremonies, “the Emcee.” Here, Cliff meets Sally Bowles, a vivacious cabaret performer with whom he begins a relationship, which blossoms into a dream-like romance. The inexorable drumbeat of war grows louder as Berlin morphs from exciting and vital to ominous and violent. Eventually Cliff, Sally and their contemporaries are swept up in the chaos as the continent marches inevitably toward a dangerous social and political precipice.
What – Cabaret, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fredd Ebb, book by Joe Masterhoff, directed by Claudio Raygoza, music direction by Morgan Carberry, choreography by Michael Mizerany, assistant-directed by Isaac Fowler. Cast: Scotty Atienza, Drew Bradford, Morgan Carberry, Patrick Gates, Alyssa Guttendorf, Ed Hollingsworth, Luke Jacobs, Linda Libby*, Cashae Monya*, Gabriela Nelson, Dallas Perry, Li-Anne Rowswell, Steele Severson, Kylie Young. Production: Yolanda Franklin, Executive Producer; Morgan Carberry, Accompanist; Chad Oakley, Lighting Designer; Mary Summerday, Costume Designer; Luke Jacobs, Dance Captain; Claudio Raygoza, Scenic & Sound Design; Josie Gerk, Assistant Stage Manager; Kevin Kornburger, Stage Manager; Glenn Paris, Producing Artistic Director. *Member Actors’ Equity Association.
When – Low-priced previews on Saturday November 25 @ 8pm, Sunday November 26 @ 7pm, Thursday November 30 @ 8pm and Friday December 1 @ 8pm. Media Opening: ***Saturday, December 2 @ 4pm***; Public Opening: Saturday, December 2 @ 8pm.
Cabaret runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm with a Saturday 4pm matinee through December 23.
Where – ion’s BLKBOX theater, 3704 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103
Tickets – Previews: $18; Public Opening (Catered party with cast & crew afterward) $55; All other: VIP (Seated in front row at Cabaret tables/limited seating) $59; General: $49; Senior (60+): $39; Student, Military $28; AASD/AEA: $25 (ID for discount required.) Online: www.iontheatre.com or (619) 600-5020.