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PHOTO EDITORS: Photos of Cabaret can be found here.
SAN DIEGO (March 23, 2023) The Old Globe is pleased to announce that a reimagined and visionary new staging of the Tony Award–winning musical Cabaret will round out its 2023 Season. The production features a book by Joe Masteroff, based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, and directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes (Broadway and The Old Globe’s Bright Star, The Old Globe and Asolo Repertory Theatre’s Guys and Dolls,Pittsburgh CLO’s The Drowsy Chaperone). Performances run September 1 to October 8, 2023, with the opening on Wednesday, September 6 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center in San Diego’s Balboa Park. Tickets are available by subscription only at www.TheOldGlobe.org.
Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome to Cabaret! It’s 1931 Berlin, and inside the Kit Kat Klub, British nightclub singer Sally Bowles keeps the delirious party raging. But no amount of booze, music, and dancing can slow the ominous march of a changing Germany. Featuring an iconic score from Kander and Ebb—including “Maybe This Time,” “Mein Herr,” “Don’t Tell Mama,” and, of course, the title song—this Tony Award–winning musical is reimagined in a visionary new staging by Globe favorite Josh Rhodes. BroadwayWorld calls this production, “Hands down the most cohesive, well-rounded, fully conceptualized staging of this musical that I have seen to date. My friends, this is how you do Cabaret.”
“The Old Globe’s track record of reviving great American musicals is extraordinary and inspiring,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “And once again we turn to the classic musical theatre canon to bring a thrilling new production of Cabaret to our stage. The visionary director-choreographer Josh Rhodes, an important member of the Globe’s artistic family, reimagines this wonderful show, injecting bold new energy into its remarkable score, and finding vital new echoes in its themes. And he does this while enhancing all the sexy and anarchic theatricality for which Cabaret is celebrated. Cabaret asks us to reexamine our ideas about how the personal and the political intersect in tumultuous times. Rhodes and his collaborators find brand new power in this bracing revival, and I could not be more excited to welcome audiences to see it.”
An earlier version of this production of Cabaret premiered at Asolo Repertory Theatre (Michael Donald Edwards, Producing Artistic Director; Linda DiGabriele, Managing Director) in November 2022.
Full casting and additional members of the creative team for Cabaret will be announced at a later date.
Bios and photos of all participants can be found at www.TheOldGlobe.org/Press-Room.
Cabaret will play on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center in San Diego’s Balboa Park (1363 Old Globe Way). Performances for the six-week limited engagement run September 1 – October 8, 2023, with the official press opening Wednesday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available by subscription only at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE (234-5623), or in person at The Old Globe’s Box Office in Balboa Park. Single tickets will go on sale at a later date to be announced. For additional information about Cabaret, visit www.TheOldGlobe.org.
Cabaret is supported by Major Production Sponsors Elaine and Dave* Darwin, Pamela Farr and Buford Alexander, and Karen and Stuart Tanz; Production Sponsor The Joseph Cohen and Martha Farish New Play Development Fund; and Artist Sponsors Alicia and Jonathan Atun (for director and choreographer Josh Rhodes). Additional financial support for The Old Globe is provided by The City of San Diego. The Theodor and Audrey Geisel Fund provides leadership support for The Old Globe’s year-round activities. *In memoriam.
As previously announced, The Old Globe’s 2023 Season also includes the following productions on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center: the world premiere play The XIXth (The Nineteenth) by Kemp Powers and directed by Carl Cofield (March 17 – April 23); Destiny of Desire, An Unapologetic Telenovela in Two Actsby Karen Zacarías and directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson (May 19 – June 25); and Passengers, a production by The 7 Fingers, conceived and directed by Shana Carroll (July 1 – July 30). Productions in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center are the world premiere of Exotic Deadly: Or the MSG Play by Keiko Green and directed by Jesca Prudencio (April 8 – May 7); the Globe-commissioned world premiere of Crime and Punishment, A Comedy by Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen and directed by Gordon Greenberg (July 15 – August 13); and the West Coast premiere of Dishwasher Dreams by Alaudin Ullah, directed by Chay Yew and music by Avirodh Sharma (September 16 – October 15). Plus, in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre are Twelfth Night by William Shakespeareand directed by Kathleen Marshall (June 4 – July 9) and The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeareand directed by James Vásquez (July 30 – September 3).
The Old Globe 2023 Season premiered with The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, written and directed by Mary Zimmerman, on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre (January 21 – February 26) and the Globe-commissioned world premiere Under a Baseball Sky by José Cruz González and directed by James Vásquez in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre (February 11 – March 12).
The Tony Award–winning The Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional not-for-profit regional theatres. Now in its 88th year, the Globe is San Diego’s flagship performing arts institution, and it serves a vibrant community with theatre as a public good. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and the Audrey S. Geisel Managing Director Timothy J. Shields, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 16 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages, including its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people annually attend Globe productions and participate in the theatre’s artistic and arts engagement programs. Its nationally prominent Arts Engagement Department provides an array of participatory programs that make theatre matter to more people in neighborhoods throughout the region. Humanities programs at the Globe and around the city broaden the community’s understanding of theatre art in all its forms. The Globe also boasts a range of new play development programs with professional and community-based writers, as well as the renowned The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. Numerous world premieres—such as 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Bright Star, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! —have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.
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