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News Release

August 2005

The Award-Winning Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre


Directed by Steven Schipper
Musical Adaptation and Direction John Gilbert
Choreographer Tracey Flye

September 11-October 2

Willkomen, Bienvenue, Welcome!

August, 2005 – The award-winning Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre brings one of the all-time musical theatre blockbusters to Montreal: Cabaret, on stage from September 11-October 2nd.

Proudly presented by Leanor and Alvin Segal, Cabaret marks the launch of the 2005-06 season of First Class Theatre and it promises to once again bring Montreal theatre-going audiences to their feet.

Cabaret marks the second year in succession that the Segal Theatre inaugurates its season with a large-scale musical production. Bryna Wasserman, the Theatre’s Artistic Director, explains: “What we witnessed from our first foray into the genre (last season’s Man of La Mancha) is that the experience of a large scale, musical production in an intimate theatre like ours is one that audiences resoundingly embrace. Unfortunately, people are so used to having to travel great distances and pay exorbitant prices to experience these shows in cavernous spaces. We hope that Montreal audiences will once again walk away satisfied with both the quality of the production on our stage and the uniqueness of experiencing it in our intimate theatre, their theatre really.”

Cabaret was originally staged on Broadway in 1966 by producer/director, Hal Prince. Written by Joe Masteroff, based on stories by Christopher Isherwood and a play by John Van Druten, it also featured the now unforgettable songs of Kander and Ebb, including Willkomen, Money, Don’t Tell Mama and of course, Cabaret. It swept that season’s Tony Awards, revolutionized the musical genre and became the second longest running musical in Broadway history.

Bryna Wasserman has assembled a first class team to mount this celebrated show, beginning with the director, Mantioba Theatre Center Artistic Director, Steven Schipper, whose previous credits at The Segal Theatre include Mousetrap and The Last Night Of Ballyhoo. “Cabaret is a juicy tart of a play,” he says, “with some bitter fruit at the center. If it reminds us of nothing else, it’s that ‘if you fiddle while Rome burns, then you’re an arsonist.’” Indeed, the play tells the story of singer Sally Bowles and struggling novelist Cliff Bradshaw who meet in the swinging Bohemian atmosphere of Berlin during the 1920s. Their relationship is set against the background of Adolph Hitler and the increasing dangers in Germany. The two lovers watch as their lives and the world they once knew crumble around them.

Joining Schipper in bringing this timeless story to life on stage are John Gilbert (Musical Director), Tracey Flye (Choreographer), John C. Dinning (Set Designer), Sonoyo Nishikawa (Lighting Designer), Rob Denton (Sound Designer) and Luciana Burcheri (Stage Manager). Costumes originally designed by François Barbeau for Theatre Rideau Vert’s production of the same play will also be featured, courtesy of Zone 3 Inc.

The performance on stage is led by the award-winning Damien Atkins as the MC, Naomi Costain as Sally Bowles, Cameron MacDuffee as Cliff Bradshaw and includes a cast of 16 , featuring: Ashley Burton, Stephenos Christou, Greg Ellwand, Catherine Friesen, Francis Gregoire, Nicko Giannakos, Eran Goodyear, Steve Hanley, Emily Josset, Marina Matic, Kathleen McAuliffe, Melanie McInenly, Jonathan Patterson, Brad Picken, and Michael Rudder.