When: Feb. 14-March 16 2013
The advance excitement for Tennessee Rep’s new production of this famous musical was so great that the company had to add additional performances to the schedule. The Kander/Ebb score is well known, of course, and the Joe Masteroff book offers a glimpse into a dark 1931 Berlin, where the Nazis are poised to take over the government and transform Weimar Germany into the scourge of the free world. The Bob Fosse movie version, vastly reworked structurally, served to make Liza Minnelli a superstar, and yet the basic tale of the seedy Kit Kat Klub and the personal life of English cabaret performer Sally Bowles always compels, whether on stage or screen. Of special interest to Nashville theatergoers is director René Copeland’s casting, with the very gifted Jenny Littleton’s return to the Rep stage in a leading role that’s quite different from her long-running gig with The Doyle & Debbie Show. David Compton’s appearance as the strangely edgy Emcee should also be intriguing. Copeland has backed up the principals with a terrific supporting cast, including Mike Baum, Ruth Cordell, Marin Miller, Patrick Waller, Derek Whittaker, Martha Wilkinson and others.