Cabaret cast changes!

Cabaret cast changes!

Cast changes in Cabaret at the Lyric Theatre from 2 April 2007: Kim Medcalf to take over as Sally Bowles, Honor Blackman as Fraulein Schneider, Francis Matthews as Herr Schultz. (Replacing Anna Maxwell Martin, Sheila Hancock & Geoffrey Hutchings )

James Dreyfus (Emcee) , Michael Hayden (Clifford Bradshaw) continue in their roles.

The musical opened on 10 Oct 2006, following previews from 22 Sep, to excellent notices from the popular press: THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Inventive, musically vigorous production." THE INDEPENDENT says, "Rufus Norris's production of the Kander/Ebb classic is the most stunningly fresh and imaginative revival of a classic musical that I have ever seen." THE GUARDIAN says, "Forty years after its premiere, Cabaret increasingly looks like one of the defining musicals of the postwar era." THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "This is a strong and daring revival of a great musical that combines unforgettable songs with genuinely gripping and disturbing drama."

Cabaret, with book by Joe Matseroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, was based on John van Druten’s play I am a Camera which in turn took its inspiration from Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin stories. The multi award-winning musical was conceived in 1966, later becoming the 1972 film with Liza Minnelli, Michael York and Joel Grey - the film was to win 8 Academy Awards.

It is directed by Rufus Norris, designed by Katrina Lindsay with choreography by Javier De Frutos. It is produced by Bill Kenwright.

Berlin of 1931 a dark and sexually charged haven of decadence, its extraordinary and morally ambiguous inhabitants determined to keep up appearances as the real world - outside the comfortable sanctuary of the cabaret - prepares for the nightmarish chaos of war. At its heart is the legendary Sally Bowles who nightly performs at the infamous Kit Kat Klub in ‘A shimmering masterpiece of a show guaranteed night after night! It’s divine decadence darling!’

Cabaret is currently taking bookings to 29 Sep 2007.

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