OGUNQUIT, Maine – Come to the Cabaret, your table’s waiting! Decadent nightlife meets dangerous times at Berlin’s alluring Kit Kat Klub in the iconic Broadway musical Cabaret, on stage July 17 through Aug, 10. Set in the cabaret underworld on the eve of Hitler’s rise to power, the Ogunquit production is based on the searing Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall musical recently revived on Broadway and is staged by BT McNicholl, who directed the Playhouse production of Cabaret back in 2006. This unforgettable musical stars stage and screen actors Randy Harrison as the Emcee and Kate Shindle as Sally Bowles. The Ogunquit production also features Billy Harrigan Tighe as Cliff Bradshaw, Mariette Hartley as Fraulein Schneider, John Rubinstein as Herr Schultz, Noah Plomgren as Ernst Ludwig, and Katrina Yaukey as Fraulein Kost. The Ogunquit production features the Broadway set based on the original design by Robert Brill and the Broadway costumes by William Ivey Long.
Cabaret tells the story of Cliff Bradshaw, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, who falls in love with cabaret singer Sally Bowles. Their romance sizzles amid the back room culture of the cabaret and the tumultuous atmosphere of pre-Nazi Germany. Cabaret is a raw and powerful jazz musical that explores the dark life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. The show has had numerous Broadway and London revivals, features a book by Joe Masteroff and is the winner of multiple Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score for John Kander (music) and Fred Ebb’s (lyrics) compelling musical numbers which include, “Willkommen,” “Money,” “Tomorrow Belongs To Me,” “Maybe This Time” and “Cabaret.”
Tickets are on sale now. Preview performances start at $36, and economy seats start at $51 each. Immerse yourself in the show with stage-side table seating. Contact our exclusive Cabaret concierge line to learn more, 207-646-5511 ext. 328. This production of Cabaret contains adult subject matter, a review of the content advisory online is recommended before purchasing tickets. To learn more about becoming a Playhouse member, subscriber, or to purchase tickets and gift cards, visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org or call the Ogunquit Playhouse Box Office at 207-646-5511.
Starring as the cabaret’s master of ceremonies is Randy Harrison. He returns to this role after his standout performance in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2016 National Touring production. Mr. Harrison’s recent roles include Prior in Angels in America Parts 1 & 2 at Berkeley Repertory Theater and George in Guthrie Theater’s Sunday in the Park with George. In New York, he has appeared on Broadway in Wicked and Off-Broadway in Harbor, Edward the Second, Antony and Cleopatra, and The Singing Forest. Mr. Harrison’s television credits include Queer as Folk, Mr. Robot, and Bang Bang You’re Dead.
Kate Shindle makes her Ogunquit Playhouse debut as the sultry Sally Bowles. On Broadway, she has starred in Cabaret, Wonderland, Jekyll & Hyde, and was an original cast member of Legally Blonde. Her recent credits include Rachelle Max on CBS’s The Good Fight, her performance as Billie in The Sting opposite Harry Connick, Jr. at the Paper Mill Playhouse, and as Alison in the acclaimed First National Tour of Fun Home. In film and television, she can be seen in Lucky Stiff, Capote, Elementary, Law & Order SVU, White Collar, Gossip Girl, and The Stepford Wives. Ms. Shindle is the President of Actors’ Equity Association and President of the Theatre Authority.
Star of the stage, screen, and television Mariette Hartley joins the cast as Fraulein Schneider, revisiting the role she first portrayed on Broadway in the 2003 revival of Cabaret. Her first film was Sam Peckinpah’s classic western, Ride the High Country, with Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott, followed by Marnie with Sean Connery, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Marooned with Gregory Peck, directed by John Sturges, and many more. An Emmy winner and five-time nominee, her TV credits include Star Trek, Twilight Zone, Grey’s Anatomy, Big Love, and in recent years includes recurring roles on FOX’s hit 911 and Law & Order SVU. Her numerous Broadway credits include Trojan Women, for which she received a Drama-Logue Award and Enchanted April for which she received an Ovation nomination. Starring opposite Ms. Hartley is Tony Award-winner John Rubinstein as Herr Schultz. Mr. Rubinstein originated the title role in Bob Fosse’s Pippin and won the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his performance in Children of a Lesser God. His other Broadway appearances include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Ragtime, Hurlyburly, M. Butterfly, The Cain Mutiny, Getting Away with Murder and the Diane Paulus Pippin revival. He won the Lucille Lortel Award as Best Actor for his performance in Elmer Rice’s Counsellor-at-Law Off-Broadway. Mr. Rubinstein has recorded over 200 audiobooks, starred in over 300 television episodes and miniseries, and his film credits include Hello, I Must Be Going, 21 Grams, Red Dragon, The Boys from Brazil, Someone to Watch Over Me, Daniel, The Car, and Getting Straights.
Joining the cast as Cliff Bradshaw is Billy Harrigan Tighe. He performed on Broadway in Pippin, Off-Broadway in Sweeney Todd, and the West End as Elder Price in The Book of Mormon. Mr. Tighe has been in numerous National Tours including Finding Neverland as JM Barrie, The Book of Mormon as Elder Price, Wicked, La Cage Aux Folles, and Dirty Dancing. Noah Plomgren makes his Playhouse debut as Ernst Ludwig. Mr. Plomgren has performed in the National Tours of Finding Neverland and Hair, and Regionally in From Here to Eternity, Treasure Island, Guys and Dolls, and Lend Me a Tenor among others. Portraying Fraulein Kost is Katrina Yaukey. Her numerous Broadway performances include Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, productions of Cabaret in 2014 and 1998, Billy Elliot, Warhorse, and Company, as well as the National Tours of Billy Elliot, Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, and Victor/Victoria.
Performing in the ensemble as Kit Kat Klub Girls and Boys are Joel D. Bauman as Hans, Ryan Denardo as Victor, Margaret Dudasik as Texas, Staci Jo Johnston as Lulu, Joey Khoury as Bobby, Tommy McDowell as Herman, Kari Nelson as Rosie, Laura Sheehy as Frenchie and Jenna Zito Clark as Helga.
Returning to Ogunquit to direct the Playhouse production of Cabaret is BT McNicholl. He has helmed many shows for the Playhouse including Cabaret in 2006, Fiddler on the Roof, (2008), La Cage Aux Folles, (2007), the Moss Hart Award-winning West Side Story (2013), the award-winning regional premiere of Billy Elliot (2014), and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (2016). Serving on the creative team of twelve Broadway shows, he has associated with directors Sam Mendes, Rob Marshall, Stephen Daldry, and the legendary Mike Nichols, among others. His international productions and National Tours include Spamalot and The Producers. Mr. McNicholl is a BMI Award-winning songwriter and wrote the lyrics for The It Girl, published by Samuel French. He is currently the Producing Artistic Director of La Mirada Theatre in Los Angeles.
Choreographer for Cabaret is Andrea Leigh, who performed in the 2006 Ogunquit Playhouse production of Cabaret. She has served as Choreographer and Assistant Choreographer on numerous productions of Cabaret, including at the John Engeman Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, and on the National Tour. Additionally, she has performed in the National Tours of Phantom, Brigadoon, Oklahoma!, and Cabaret, and at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, Foothills Theatre, John Engeman Theatre. She has danced with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Buffalo City Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Hartford Ballet.
Returning to the Ogunquit Playhouse as Music Director of Cabaret is Bruce Barnes who was last at the Playhouse in 2006’s Cabaret and 1993’s Nunsense II. On Broadway he has worked on the productions of CATS, Peter Pan, and Cabaret, as well as Off-Broadway on Peter and the Wolf, Everything the Traffic Will Allow, and Class Mothers of ’68, and the National Tours of Cinderella, Peter Pan, Camelot, Happy Days, Jesus Christ Superstar, CATS, and Kiss Me, Kate. His work can be seen on television on HBO’s Cathouse the Musical, and he has served as accompanist for Patti LuPone, Penny Fuller, Dee Hoty, Ruthie Henshall, Beverly Sills, Billy Porter, and Eartha Kitt.
The Ogunquit Playhouse’s season continues with the first play to grace the Playhouse stage in over a decade, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express August 14 through August 31; the hilarious Menopause the Musical for two weeks only September 4 through September 14; and the Tony Award-winning, smash hit musical Kinky Boots on stage September 18 through October 27. The season will stretch to the holidays once again with the timeless classic, Annie in collaboration with The Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, November 27 through December 22.