YPSILANTI – “What good is sitting, alone in your room? Come hear the music play!
Life is a cabaret, old chum! Come to the cabaret!”
You can do just that, hearing those classic lines and far more this weekend and next, when Eastern Michigan University Theatre presents the Kander and Ebb classic “Cabaret,” with performances on Oct. 18 - 20 and Oct. 24 - 27, 2019.
All performances will take place in the Quirk Theatre, located in the Quirk Dramatic Arts Building at the intersection of East Circle Drive and Best Hall/Ann Street on the EMU campus. This production is recommended for audiences ages 16 and over.
Now, for a little scene setting: The year is 1929. The place, Berlin’s bawdy nightspot, the Kit Kat Klub.
All your troubles forgotten
Outside the club, Germany is succumbing to the power of the emerging Third Reich; inside, the emcee intoxicates audiences with promises that troubles will be forgotten at the Cabaret.
Caught up in this world-at-odds is a host of memorable characters: the naïve writer, Cliff; the seductive singer, Sally Bowles; the boarding house head mistress, Fraulein Schneider; and the Jewish fruit seller, Herr Schultz.
With a score by John Kander and Fred Ebb and a book by Joe Masteroff, this 1998 Revival version of the Tony Award- winning musical provides a scorching satiric indictment of frivolous complacency in the face of impending doom.
“Cabaret” is based on the play “I Am a Camera” by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood, and is directed by Eastern Michigan’s Phil Simmons, with music direction by R. MacKenzie Lewis.
Performances over two weekends
Performances will take place in the Quirk Theatre Oct. 18 - 19 and Oct. 24 - 26 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 20 and Oct. 27, 2019 at 2 p.m. “Cabaret” is presented by special arrangement with TAMS- WITMARK Broadway licensing company.
Ticket prices for “Cabaret” are $18 regular admission, $14 for Seniors (60+), and $12 for students & MAINSTAGE patrons. Tickets are available in person at the EMU Convocation Center, Student Center ticket office or the Quirk Box Office, by phone at 734.487.2282, and online at www.emutix.com.
Quirk Box Office hours are Monday-Friday from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 90 minutes before show time. Please note that there is an additional surcharge for tickets purchased by mail, phone or online.
Parking on EMU’s campus is available for a fee. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday performance parking is available in the Alexander Guest Lot and Ford Commuter Lot. Payment can be made with a debit card, credit card or cash in the Alexander Lot, payment can ONLY be made with debit card or credit card in the Ford Lot.
Additional parking can be found at meters on campus or the Pease Guest Lot. Those with an EMU parking permit may park accordingly. Visit the ParkEMU website for more details about parking on campus.
For more information about EMU Theatre, the season, and directions to theatres, visit the EMU Theatre website, fan the program on Facebook at Eastern Michigan University Theatre; or follow it on Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat: @emutheatre.
About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves nearly 18,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and, its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.