Roundabout Theatre Company's "Cabaret"

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 7:30PM
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall


Come to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, as the Emcee, Sally Bowles, and the rest of a raucous cast of characters take the stage to tantalize the crowd. But as life in Germany grows uncertain, will the alluring, decadent Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through dangerous times? Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theater history—“Cabaret,” “Willkommen,” “Maybe This Time”—in John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Joe Masteroff’s Tony Award–winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.

Ticket Prices
$65, $60, $30; Five College Students & Youth 17 and Under $30, $25, $20
Please call the Box Office to see if you or someone in your party is eligible for a discount.
Accessible Seating Available by calling the Box Office at 413-545-2511

German prix fixe dinner available at the UClub before the concert. Details at




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Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall’s Cabaret is one of those theatrical experiences that truly needs to be seen live on stage. A show that has had an indelible impact on musical theater, it poses the universal question: Why do we again and again allow destructive powers to take control of society?

Cabaret’s origins go back to English writer Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Stories, which were inspired by the flamboyant, decadent figures he met in that city in the 1930s. John Van Druten adapted Isherwood’s book into the play I am a Camera, its title derived from the line in one of the stories that went “I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking.” I am a Camera was made into a movie, starring Julie Harris, who had starred as Sally Bowles on Broadway. Hal Prince’s musical adaptation debuted on Broadway in 1966; director and choreographer Bob Fosse created the film version in 1972. In 1998 director Sam Mendes and director/choreographer Rob Marshall brought Cabaret back to Broadway. Roundabout Theatre Company transformed Henry Miller’s Theatre into the Kit Kat Klub, replacing standard audience seating with nightclub-style tables, complete with drink service. After its Broadway run, the show played at Studio 54 for six years.

In 1998, director Sam Mendes and director-choreographer Rob Marshall brought Cabaret back to Broadway. Roundabout Theatre Company transformed Henry Miller’s Theatre into the Kit Kat Klub, replacing standard audience seating with nightclub-style tables, complete with drink service. After its Broadway run, the show played at Studio 54 for six years.

Mendes and Marshall’s Cabaret is seedier and darker than previous incarnations. They delved into the indulgences of the time and adopted a messy, aggressive style for the choreography. Taking material from Isherwood’s original stories, they made additions to the libretto, and their production went further than any previous incarnation in exploring the full spectrum of sexuality.

This touring production delivers all the exuberance and theatricality of the Broadway show, with a cast and staging that have received rave reviews in Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, and other major venues. And the musical’s message remains as timely and timeless as ever. Not merely a look back to a historical moment, Cabaret also acts as a potent reminder of how darker forces can take hold of humanity. Fertile ground for artistic exploration and innovative theatricality, it is a show with the power to entertain, thrill, shock, and profoundly move audiences everywhere.

“What this production does best is set up the lines between delusion and self-knowledge and let us see the human costs of confusing the two.” Chicago Tribune


“This audacious Brechtian musical set against the rise of Nazism in Weimar-era Berlin will always be relevant, and its glittering score by John Kander and Fred Ebb ranks among Broadway’s finest.” Hollywood Reporter


“The time is always right for a production of “Cabaret.” Its slinky songs will seduce an audience in nothing flat, and its story, about the world slipping into brutality while people aren’t paying attention, bears perpetual repeating.” Los Angeles Times


Machine de Cirque
Machine De Cirque

Wednesday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

After five men survive the apocalypse, their only hope is to build a machine that will help them find other survivors. Armed with acrobatic talents and a generous heap of ingenuity, they’ll do whatever it takes to navigate this brave new world without telephones, computers, electricity…or women. The result is anything but grim. We find ourselves guests at a deliriously intoxicating party that is part circus, part slapstick, part rock concert, surprisingly moving, and a whole lot of awesome. At once side-splittingly hilarious and heart-tuggingly nostalgic, this show will make you stand up and clap for humanity.

Moonfish Theatre
Moonfish Theatre's “Star of the Sea”

Tuesday & Wednesday, October 3 & 4 at 7:30 p,m.
Bowker Auditorium

It is the winter of 1847, and the famine ship Star of the Sea is setting sail for the promised land of America with passengers whose lives and fates are more connected than any of them know. Told through Moonfish’s signature style of bilingual theater, the cast of six, plus video projections, choreographed movement, and inventive sound effects, conjures up the worlds of those passengers. Adapted from Joseph O’Connor’s best-selling novel, this powerful production traces the effects of the Irish Famine through to the present. Performed in Irish and English.

Post-show discussion with the members of the company immediately following each performance.

Tango Buenos Aires
Tango Buenos Aires: “The Spirit of Argentina”

Wednesday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

This renowned ensemble presents The Spirit of Argentina, a loving tribute to Carlos Gardel, a French-Argentine singer, songwriter, composer, and actor, and the most prominent figure in the history of tango. You’ll discover his passions for futbol, boxing, and gauchos, and get glimpses into his life in Paris, his appearance on Broadway, and his friendship with the young Astor Piazzola. Tango Buenos Aires has become one of Argentina’s great cultural exports, known throughout the world as the most authentic and uncompromising representative of the tango.

Pre-show talk in the Concert Hall Lobby at 6:15 pm. Tango Demonstration in the Concert Hall Lobby at 6:45 pm.


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