Asolo Rep Announces Full Cast for Cabaret

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Asolo Rep Announces Full Cast for Cabaret

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  

Directed and Choreographed by Josh Rhodes

Nov. 16 – Dec. 31

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(SARASOTA, FLA) — Asolo Repertory Theatre proudly announces the cast and creative team for the opening show in its 64th season, CABARET. Broadway and Asolo Rep favorite Josh Rhodes returns to direct this classic musical with a book by Joe Masteroff, based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. CABARET begins previews on Nov. 16, opens on Nov. 19, and runs through Dec. 31, in the Mertz Theatre, located in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts.

The iconic CABARET transports audiences to 1931 Berlin and the dynamic and pleasure-filled Kit Kat Klub. As a dark shadow falls over the city and the power of the Third Reich begins to mount, the Klub’s performers and patrons must decide if they’ll wake up to the evil on their doorsteps or continue to escape to the alluring fantasy world of the cabaret.

Since its debut in 1967, CABARET has won countless awards, including the Tony Awards® for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Revival of a Musical. Packed with vibrant and beloved songs like “Willkommen,” “Maybe This Time,” “Money,” “Don’t Tell Mama” and, of course, “Cabaret,” this timely masterwork will burst to life on stage.

CABARET is directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, whose Broadway choreography credits include Bright Star, It Shoulda Been You, First Date, and Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. At Asolo Rep, Rhodes previously directed and choreographed Guys and Dolls in 2016, Evita in 2017, The Sound of Music in 2019 and Hair in 2021, among other popular runs. He also choreographed last season’s world premiere of Knoxville, created by Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Frank Galati.

CABARET is a thrilling, emotional and brilliant story that shakes your soul,” said Rhodes. “Perfectly written, the show’s themes and ideas still speak to us all, and the exact time we are living in today. I am honored to get the chance to bring this electric piece of theatre to Asolo Rep’s audiences.”

The creative team includes Associate Director Lee Wilkins, Associate Choreographer Natalia Nieves, Scenic Designer Tijana Bjelalac, Costume Designer Alejo Vietti, Lighting Designer Cory Pattack, Sound Designer Ken Travis, Hair/Wig & Make-Up Designer Michelle Hart and Music Director Angela Steiner.

Leading the cast of CABARET are Lincoln Clauss as the Emcee and Iris Beaumier as Sally Bowles, both making their Asolo Rep debuts. Some of Clauss’ previous credits include Bat Out of Hell (NYC/Toronto), FLY (La Jolla Playhouse) and Sweeney Todd (The MUNY). He recently appeared on screen as Evan Blake/Wolf Spider on the CW’s Batwoman. Beaumier recently made her Broadway debut as The Narrator alternate in The Little Prince and previously played Josephine Baker in The Dark Star from Harlem at LaMaMa Theatre, for which she won the AUDELCO Best Lead Actress Award. On screen, she has been seen in Modern Love, Blindspot, Alternatino and Mariannes Noires.

The cast also features Alan Chandler (Clifford Bradshaw), Kelly Lester (Fräulein Schneider), Philip Hoffman (Herr Schultz), Abby Church (Fräulein Kost) and Blake Price (Ernst Ludwig).

The ensemble includes Gabe Amato, Annelise Baker, Emily Bordley, Christian Douglass (Max), Yoni Haller, Leeds Hill, Emily Kelly, Corinne Munsch, Natalia Nieves and Michael Seltzer.

The understudies are Sylvia Day and Mark Konrad, and the swings are Joe Ayers, Gabriel Kearns, Lizzie Markson, Kaitlyn Mayse, Peter S. Raimondo and John Viso.

CABARET is exceptional in the canon of the American musical,” said Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards, noting that the show is a hugely popular work of art. “Rivetingly entertaining, it powerfully and urgently connects to what we’re living through now. With the incredibly talented Josh Rhodes leading this brilliant young cast, this production will be the jaw-dropping spectacle audiences have come to expect from Asolo Rep.”

CABARET contains mature content and sexual situations.

CABARET runs Nov. 16 – Dec. 31. Previews are Nov. 16 – 18. Visit asolorep.org for a full performance schedule. Orchestra and Mezzanine seats start at $75 and Balcony seats start at $35. Tickets are available now in person at Asolo Rep’s Box Office at 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, by phone at 941.351.8000 or 800.361.8388, or online at asolorep.org.

 

Learn about Asolo Rep’s Health and Safety Protocols.

CAST

(in alphabetical order)

Gabriel Amato*…………………………..………Ensemble

Annelise Baker*……………………………….…Ensemble

Iris Beaumier*…………………………….…..Sally Bowles

Emily Bordley……………………………………..Ensemble

Alan Chandler*………………………….Clifford Bradshaw

Abby Church*…………………….…………..Fräulein Kost

Lincoln Clauss*………………………………………Emcee

Christian Douglass……….………….…….……………Max

Yoni Haller……………………………..………….Ensemble

Leeds Hill*………………………………………….Ensemble

Philip Hoffman*…………………………………Herr Schultz

Emily Kelly*………………………………………..Ensemble

Kelly Lester*…………………………….Fräulein Schneider

Corinne Munsch*…………………………………..Ensemble

Natalia Nieves*……………………………………..Ensemble

Blake Price*……………………………………..Ernst Ludwig

Michael Seltzer*………………………..………….Ensemble

*****

Sylvia Day, Mark Konrad ………………………Understudies

Joe Ayers, Gabriel Kearns, Lizzie Markson, Kaitlyn Mayse, Peter S. Raimondo, John Viso……Swings

*****

Nia Sciarretta*…………….……Production Stage Manager

Jaclyn Kanter*………………………Assistant Stage Manager

 

*Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

SELECT CREATIVE TEAM

Director/Choreographer………..…..……..………Josh Rhodes

Associate Director……………………………………Lee Wilkins

Associate Choreographer………………………..Natalia Nieves

Scenic Designer………………………………….. Tijana Bjelalac

Costume Designer……………………..……….……. Alejo Vietti

Lighting Designer………………………….……….. Cory Pattack

Sound Designer………………………………….……. Ken Travis

Hair/Wig & Make-Up Designer……….……………Michelle Hart

Music Director…………………………………….. Angela Steiner

ENHANCED EXPERIENCES

Inside Asolo Rep

  • Thursday, Nov. 17, at 10:30 a.m.
  • Cook Theatre
  • $5; free for donors and Asolo Rep Guilded Angels
  • Attendees get a glimpse of what goes on behind the curtain in this special series featuring the artists from the production, as well as special guest experts from the community.
  • Inside Asolo Rep is sponsored by Observer Media Group.

Tuesday Talkbacks (FREE) Nov. 29 and Dec. 6

  • Attendees can enhance their experience with this post-show discussion.

PlayDate

  • Saturdays, Dec. 3 and 10, 2 p.m.
  • These show-based workshops for young people offer a childcare option for adults attending a mainstage performance.

IllumiNation

  • Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.
  • Pre-show reception and post-show community conversation
  • For series package information and single performance tickets, contact the box office.
  • IllumiNation explores the social, political and cultural themes threaded throughout the show, while examining issues of race, gender, identity and cultural intersection.
  • The IllumiNation series is made possible, in part, with support from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the Koski Family Foundation and Morton’s Gourmet Market & Catering.

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  • Thursday, Dec. 15
  • Pre-show reception
  • For subscription and ticket information, contact the box office.
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  • [email protected] is sponsored by Empath Tidewell Foundation, CAN Community Health, Morton’s Gourmet Market & Catering and Project Pride.

*All activities are subject to change or modification based on CDC recommendations.

SPONSORS

Asolo Rep is able to present CABARET because of the generosity of its sponsors. The corporate sponsors for CABARET are Cool Today, Sarasota Magazine, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, SNN, WUSF and Asolo Rep’s Artistic Excellence Society.

 

Asolo Rep’s 2022-23 Major Season Sponsors are Florida State University, the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the Huisking Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, the Koski Family Foundation, Designing Women Boutique/Groundworks and The Exchange. Asolo Rep is also sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts. Asolo Rep’s artistic programs are paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax revenues.

ABOUT ASOLO REP

Now in its 64th season, Asolo Repertory Theatre is recognized as one of the premier professional theatres in America and one of the largest in the Southeastern United States. One of the few select theatres in the nation that performs in true rotating repertory, Asolo Rep’s highly skilled acting company and extensive craftsmanship bring to life this unique performance method that gives audiences the opportunity to see multiple productions in the span of a few days. Asolo Rep presents up to 10 productions each season including contemporary and classic works and provocative musical theatre experiences. A theatre district in and of itself, Asolo Rep is committed to expanding its reach into the community, furthering its collaboration with the best theatre artists working in the industry today and cultivating new artists through its affiliation with the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards and Managing Director Linda DiGabriele, Asolo Rep’s ambitious theatrical offerings and ground-breaking education and community programming engage audiences and ensure its lasting legacy for future generations. Visit asolorep.org to learn more.

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