January 18, 2008
Contact: Sara Leonard
Concert and Production Manager
AMHERST, Mass.—The Amherst College Department of Music presents the musical theater classic Cabaret for its fifth annual interterm production. The show opens on Thursday, Jan. 31 and runs through Saturday, Feb. 2 with performances at 8 p.m. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Feb. 2. All performances will be held in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College.
With music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and book by Joe Masteroff, Cabaret is loosely based on The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood. Cabaret is one of the great triumphs of both the stage and cinema, having won 12 Tony awards on Broadway and eight Academy Awards for the 1972 film version.
In Cabaret, a young American writer in the Berlin of the Weimar Republic falls under the spell of the charismatic but unpredictable club performer Sally Bowles. How their relationship, and that of their stoic landlady and her Jewish companion, develops in the shadow of economic instability and the rising Third Reich makes for a compelling drama as well as entertainment.
Cabaret is directed by A. Scott Parry (New York City Opera, Opera Pacific), with music direction by Mark Lane Swanson and choreography by Christopher Kane, and features the Amherst College Orchestra in the pit.
Tickets are available to the general public for $8 and are free to Amherst College students. All tickets are for reserved seating and may be reserved only by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.