'Cabaret' on its way

Sunday, February 16, 2003

One of the steamiest and most critically acclaimed Broadway revivals is on its way to Lawrence.

"Cabaret" will hit the Lied Center stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The Kander and Ebb musical is set in the tumultuous city of Berlin, just before Hitler's rise to power, and focuses on the legendary Kit Kat Club. The action revolves around cabaret performer Salley Bowles (played by Liza Minelli in Bob Fosse's popular 1972 film version) and her brief affair with an American writer, Clifford Bradshaw, who befriends her after she is kicked out of the club. Sally and Clifford fall deeply in love, but their relationship is jeopardized by chaos in the world.

Also figuring prominently in the story is the tragic relationship between Fräulein Schneider, a German woman, and her Jewish suitor, Herr Schultz.

"Cabaret" opened Nov. 20, 1966, in New York at the Broadhurst Theatre and ran for 1,165 performances. The original cast featured Joel Grey (Emcee), Jill Haworth (Sally), Bert Convy (Clifford), Jack Gifford (Herr Schultz) and Lotte Lenya (Fräulein Schneider).


Special to the Journal-World

cast members from the touring revival of "Cabaret" will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lied Center.

The show was revived at the Imperial Theatre on Oct. 22, 1987, with Grey reprising his original role. The reinvention, co-directed by Sam Mendes (Academy Award winner for "American Beauty") and Rob Marshall, won four 1998 Tony Awards, including best revival.

Tickets are $40 and $34 for the public, $20 and $17 for students and children, $39 and $33 for seniors, and $34 and $29 for Kansas University faculty and staff. Tickets are available at the Lied Center, 864-ARTS; Murphy Hall, 864-3982; SUA, 864-SHOW; and TicketMaster, (785) 234-4545 or (816) 931-3330.

The performance contains mature subject matter.