The mountains rang outdoors with the opening weekend of North Country Center for the Arts summer of live theatre in Lincoln – and beginning July 14, performances return to their Playhouse stage with Kander & Ebb’s Cabaret.
The steamy and seamy atmosphere of wartime Berlin is captured in the familiar score, from the titular show-stopping song to “Maybe This Time”, “Mein Herr”, “Two Ladies”, “Money”, “Willkommen” and the haunting and sobering “Tomorrow Belongs to Me.”
Duo John Kander and Fred Ebb, along with writer Joe Masteroff brought the show to Broadway in 1966, winning multiple Tony Awards as Best Musical, Best Composer, Best Director (for Hal Prince), and awards in costumes, scenic design, choreography, and for two featured actors – including Joel Grey in the iconic role of Emcee.
In the NCCA production, John Marshall steps into that demanding role, and North Country audiences and fans of the Playhouse will recognize him for multiple roles over the last few years. Marshall has played everything from comedy in Hound of the Baskervilles, to multiple musical and dramatic roles in: Titanic, as Capt. VonTrapp in The Sound of Music, and even Mrs. White in Clue the Musical, among others in recent years. His talents will be easily matched by a cast of new and returning performers who will transport audiences with the lively production directed by NCCA Producing Artistic Director, Joel Mercier.
Cabaret opens on Thursday, July 14, and performs Thursday-Saturday evenings through July 30 with two Wednesday matinees on July 20 and 27 at Jean’s Playhouse, 34 Papermill Drive, Lincoln, NH. Advance tickets always recommended, available online anytime at www.jeansplayhouse.com – or by phone at 803-745-2141. Box Office staff are on hand Wed., 9 until 2pm and Thurs-Sat from noon to showtime at 7:30pm (closed Sunday-Tuesday; messages returned during working hours).
In addition to Cabaret, the summer lineup includes Mamma Mia!, August 4 – 20 and The 39 Steps, August 25-Sept. 3. Plus families – and the young at heart – should visit Wednesday mornings for original musical children’s classics onstage by the IMPACT players. Complete schedule and details, along with ticket info and purchase at www.jeansplayhouse.com