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“Willkommen! And bienvenue!” to Kander and Ebb’s Tony-winning Cabaret, where the world burns brightly with desire and debauchery. In 1929 Berlin, Cliff arrives to work on his novel but finds himself swept up in the life of the cabaret with its bawdy Emcee, and swept away by the performer and provocateur Sally Bowles. Bunked together at Fräulein Schneider’s boarding house, their impossible affair bumps up against the threatened love between their landlord and a Jewish fruit seller. From the opening notes of “Willkommen” through the title song and such classics as “Don’t Tell Mama” and “Money,” Cabaret delivers a raw theatrical experience on a knife’s edge between unbridled sexuality and looming disaster. Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Associate Artistic Director Alan Paul (Camelot, Kiss Me Kate) makes his OTC debut.


Cabaret is sponsored in part by our Principal Production Sponsor: Bernard Family Foundation.

Book by
Joe Masteroff

Based on the play by
John Van Druten

Based on stories by
Christopher Isherwood

Music by
John Kander

Lyrics by
Fred Ebb

Music Direction by
Christopher Youstra

Choreographed by
Katie Spelman

Directed by
Alan Paul

2019-20 Season
Part of the 2019-20 Season
  • Jessica Lauren Ball

    Frauline Kost
  • Jessica Bennett

  • Ben Gunderson

  • Mitchell Hébert

    Herr Schultz
  • Andre Hinds

  • Lina Lee

  • Greg Maheu

  • Donna Migliaccio

    Fraulein Schneider
  • Mason Alexander Park

  • Connor James Reilly

  • Bridget Riley

  • Alexandra Silber

    Sally Bowles
  • Tom Story

  • Katy Tabb

  • Louisa Tringali

  • Rick Westerkamp

  • Alan Paul

  • Katie Spelman

  • Christopher Youstra

    Music Director
  • Wilson Chin

    Scenic Designer
  • Colin K. Bills

    Lighting Designer
  • Kendra Rai

    Kendra Rai
  • Matt Rowe

    Sound Designer
  • Ali Pohanka

    Wig Designer
  • Zach Campion

    Dialect Coach
  • John Keith Hall

    Production Stage Manager
  • Madison Bahr

    Assistant Stage Manager

Special Events

Behind-The-Scenes: From the Weimar Republic to Now

Saturday, August 31 at 5:00pm • $10/Free for OTC Members

Prior to the opening night of Cabaret we’ll take a historic overview of the Weimar Republic’s rise and cultural impact on women, LGBTQ+ Berliners, and Jews, as well as its decline, leading to the Nazi seizure of power. We’ll also explore how that narrative resonates today with Georgetown Professor Katrin Sieg and Dr. Jake Newsome of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Professor Katrin Sieg is Director of the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University, and author of three books on German theater and European culture.

Dr. Jake Newsome is a scholar of American and German LGBTQ history. His research focuses on human rights and the postwar treatment of the Nazis’ gay and lesbian victims. His current book project is Pink Triangle Legacies: Holocaust Memory and Modern Gay Identity. He now works as the Manager of College Student Leadership Programs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.    

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Night at the Movies: Chicago (2002)

Friday, September 27 at 8:15pm • Free

Join us and sing along to the satire about crime, greed, and sex from the creators of Cabaret. As anyone who watched the Fosse/Verdon series on FX knows, Chicago was a passion project for Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse who re-teamed with Kander and Ebb to create the musical. Though the original met with mixed reviews on Broadway, the 1996 revival was a hit that is still running. Its success spawned this star-studded 2002 film directed by Rob Marshall and was the recipient of six Oscars including Best Picture.


August 28 - October 6 2019

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