Highly Recommended Broadway: CABARET AT THE KIT KAT KLUB (starring Eddie Redmayne at the August Wilson Theatre)

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by Tony Frankel on January 24, 2024

in Theater-New York


I saw this production in London, so prepare yourself for the most emotionally raw production of Cabaret you will ever see as Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club — starring Eddie Redmayne as ‘The Emcee’ and Gayle Rankin as the toast of Mayfair ‘Sally Bowles’ — begins previews on Broadway at the Wilson Theatre on Monday, April 1, 2024, ahead of decadent twin opening night gala celebrations starting Saturday, April 20 continuing into the following night, with the official press opening on Sunday, April 21. In addition to Redmayne and Rankin, Cabaret will also star Bebe Neuwirth as ‘Fraulein Schneider,’ Ato Blankson-Wood as ‘Cliff Bradshaw,’ Steven Skybell as ‘Herr Schultz,’ Natascia Diaz as ‘Fraulein Kost/Fritzie,’ and Henry Gottfried as ‘Ernst Ludwig.’

Eddie Redmayne

Designed by Tom Scutt, the August Wilson Theatre is being radically transformed into the Kit Kat Klub with an in-the-round auditorium and sinfully dreamlike spaces which guests will be invited to explore, featuring pre-show entertainment. Experience this groundbreaking musical like never before. The denizens of the Kit Kat Club have created a decadent sanctuary where artists and performers, misfits and outsiders rule the night. Step inside their world. This is Berlin. Relax. Loosen up. Be yourself.

 Gayle Ranking

After purchasing tickets at Kit Kat or Seat Geek, guests will receive a “club entry time” to allow them to take in the world of the club before the show starts. Patrons can upgrade their experience at the Kit Kat Club with exclusive dining or drinks packages that allow them to soak up the pre-show atmosphere. These various upgrades offer unparalleled service and unique experiences in the heart of the Kit Kat Club. Drinks can be enjoyed before and during the show, while food will be cleared shortly before the performance begins, ensuring uninterrupted and unmissable views of Cabaret. For a complete menu and more information on the upgrade packages, please visit Kit Kat Upgrade.

The cast of Cabaret will also include Gabi Campo as ‘Frenchie,’ Ayla Ciccone-Burton as ‘Helga,’ Colin Cunliffe as ‘Hans,’ Marty Lauter as ‘Victor,’ Loren Lester as‘Herman/Max,’ David Merino as ‘Lulu,’ Julian Ramos as ‘Bobby,’ MiMi Scardulla as ‘Texas,’ and Paige Smallwood as ‘Rosie.’ Swings include Hannah Florence, Pedro Garza, Christian Kidd, Corinne Munsch, Chloé Nadon-Enriquez, and Karl Skyler Urban.

Directed by Rebecca Frecknall and choreographed by Julia Cheng, Cabaret, one of the most revered and successful musicals of all time, has music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and a book by Joe Masteroff based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood. The show features the songs “Willkommen,” “Don’t Tell Mama,” “Mein Herr,” “Maybe This Time,” “Money,” and the iconic title number.

The awesome 2021 Original London Cast Recording of Cabaret featuring Redmayne and recorded during a live performance is available on Decca Records as a CD and to stream on all major platforms.

photos by Mason Poole


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