NEW Australian Production of Cabaret – On Sale Now
Starring Paul Capsis as the Emcee
All-time musical favourite – CABARET – and its famed Kit Kat Club is returning to the Australian stage in an all new production revival in 2017. CABARET will open at Hayes Theatre from 9 January for a strictly limited season before moving to the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne in April.
Cast announced so far are Paul Capsis, Kate Fitzpatrick and Debora Krizak. Full cast will be announced shortly including that of the lead of Sally Bowles – which Liza Minnelli made her signature role in the movie musical directed by legendary Bob Fosse.
CABARET is based on The Berlin Stories by author Christopher Isherwood who explored the freedom and social liberation of Berlin during the bustling 1930s. With music and lyrics by Kander & Ebb, CABARET became a semi-biographical portrait of Isherwood’s life, celebrating life on the edge. Beneath the fun and games of CABARET lies an ominous melody, providing a glimpse of vibrant Berlin’s dark undercurrents during the rise of Hitler. CABARET walks the tightrope of pure entertainment and serious political consciousness and for this very reason the musical continues to allure audiences.
At a time when much of society is again vulnerable to destructive powers, David M. Hawkins is proud to bring an innovative and exciting new production to Australia.
“My aim is to create a new production of CABARET that engages audiences unlike any previous production, and to do that I believe we need to return to the original source material. The universal issue of the human condition at the core of CABARET comes from Christopher Isherwood and his perception of what it was like to live in Berlin during the rise of Hitler,” Hawkins said.
Paul Capsis makes his return to musical theatre in the iconic role of The Emcee. Well known to Australian audiences as one of our most versatile and successful performers, Capsis has won accolades including Helpmann Awards for Angela’s Kitchen for the Griffin Theatre Company, The Lost Echo at STC, and cabaret performances Boulevard Delirium and Capsis vs Capsis. Other credits include his acclaimed performance of Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show, MTC’s All About My Mother, Little Bird at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the State Theatre Company of South Australia’s reinvention of Pinocchio, and Belvoir’s The Wizard of Oz. Capsis also has a long list of film and television credits, most notably receiving an AFI Award nomination for film Head On and most recently performing in the ABC tele-movie Carlotta and SBS’s Deep Water.
Paul Capsis said “Cabaret is the holy grail of musicals for me, I’ve always been a big fan of the work of Isherwood. It’s a dream for me to play the ultimate Master Of Ceremonies”.
Kate Fitzpatrick is one of Australia’s best-known film, television and theatre actresses. She has been awarded the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal for services to the theatre and is a published author, essayist, and humorist whose work has appeared in numerous major newspapers and journals over the last 30 years.
Debora Krizak is one of Australia’s most critically acclaimed and diverse musical theatre actresses. She is recognised for her quirky, comedic characterisations and vivid character portrayals. Debora has been nominated for her roles in A Chorus Line, Sweet Charity and Anything Goes.
CABARET has been producer David Hawkins’ pride project since 2014 and he is delighted to bring his vision to life at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre before touring the production around Australia.
David M. Hawkins Producer
Nicholas Christo Director
Kelley Abbey Choreographer
Lindsay Partridge Musical Director
James Browne Production Designer
Rob Sowinski Lighting Designer