Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Book by Joe Masteroff
Cinnabar Arts
Runs in Petaluma through Sept. 23, 2018

Michael McGurk, center, as EmCee; Alia Beeton, R, as Sally Bowles; and the Kit Kat ensemble. Photo: Victoria Von Thal

Few musicals in the canon can claim more relationship to today’s politics than the award-winning Cabaret, and the staging currently on the boards at Cinnabar Theater makes much of that relevance while delivering a thoroughly entertaining show. Terrific talent and clever conceptual touches make for a “new” Cabaret worth revisiting. Director Elly Lichenstein has assembled a strong cast and creative team, and the consistency and commitment of vision throughout adds up to an attractive, engaging, and powerful production.

Weimar Germany on the eve of Hitler’s rise to power may seem an unlikely choice of context for a musical, but its hard-hitting historically based satire combined with the delightfully racy Kit Kat Klub setting has proven to be a crowd-pleasing winner since its debut in 1966. Cinnabar’s production incorporates and builds on many of the changes to book and music over the years, notably versions since 1998 that mix songs and stage elements from the highly successful 1972 film, which starred Liza Minnelli. Those familiar with earlier stagings, or with the film, will enjoy all of the favorites in addition to some thoughtful original moments. …

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