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Musical Theater



John Kander and Fred Ebb...

November 1-3 & 7-9 2003, Watson Theater


Cabaret is set in Berlin before the start of World War II and embodies the issues and events Europe was facing at that time. The story, based loosely on the reminiscences of Christopher Isherwood, centers on an American writer, Clifford Bradshaw, and Sally Bowles, an English singer and dancer at the Kit Kat Klub. Bradshaw and Bowles fall in love and quickly become caught up in Germany’s pre-war social and political turmoil.

“Cabaret is an important show because it is representative of an actual historical time period,” said Graham Wood, assistant professor of music and the play’s music director. “It raises larger questions about the nature of prejudice, social intolerance and artistic freedom yet despite the serious tone of the action, the music and dancing are jazzy and upbeat.”

With music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, two of American Theater’s most successful collaborators, Cabaret opened on Broadway in 1966. It ran for over 1,100 performances and won the Tony for Best Musical. The 1972 film version of Cabaret, directed by Bob Fosse and starring Joel Gray and Liza Minneli, won eight academy awards. The show includes the popular songs “Cabaret” and “The Money Song”.

The Coker production of Cabaret is a collaborative effort of the Theater, Dance, Fine Arts, and Music programs at the college. Stage direction is by Associate Professor of Theater Deborah Bloodworth, choreography is by Larry Nye, assistant professor of dance, and set design is by Jim Boden, assistant professor of art. With 27 cast members it is the largest musical and the largest play performed at Coker College.

Senior Wes Daniels of Charleston makes his Coker College stage deubt in Cabaret as Cliff. The musical’s other main characters are sophomore Angela Price (Fraulein Shneider) and senior Becki McLeod (Sally Bowles), both of Sumter, junior David Foster (the MC) from Anderson, and Michael York (Herr Schultz) from Hartsville. York is the director of choral activities at Hartsville High School.