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Life is a ‘Cabaret’ at Coronado Playhouse, with revival of musical classic

Anna Machuca as Texas, Sarah LeClair as Sally and Olivia Lucci as Rosie (from left) in Coronado Playhouse’s “Cabaret.”

A little bit of Berlin is about to break out in Coronado, with the latest revival of the Kander & Ebb classic “Cabaret.”

Julia Cuppy directs Coronado Playhouse’s production of the frisky but ultimately hard-hitting 1966 musical, set in a scruffy nightclub amid the first stirrings of Nazi terror in Germany.

Starring as the cabaret singer Sally Bowles is Sarah LeClair, an accomplished musician-actor-teacher with credits at theaters around San Diego, including “The Addams Family” in Coronado last year. (Check out LeClair’s thoughts on “Why the Arts Matter” from 2017 in the U-T.)

She’s joined in the main cast by Hunter Brown as the Emcee; Gabriel Macedo as the visiting American writer (and Sally’s newfound flame), Clifford Bradshaw; Sue Boland as Fräulein Schneider; John Garcia as Herr Schultz; Andrew Walters as Herr Ernst Ludwig; and DeAnna Cali as Fräulein Kost.

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The cozy, cabaret-style Coronado Playhouse space has been set up with some onstage seating for the production, and Cuppy and company promise an immersive experience in this return to a piece whose more sobering themes of prejudice and jingoism seem as timely as ever.

“Cabaret”

When: Opens Friday. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Through April 29.

Where: Coronado Playhouse, 1835 Strand Way, Coronado.

Tickets: $22-$28 (discounts available).

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Phone: (619) 435-4856

Online: coronadoplayhouse.com

Related

Review of Ion Theatre’s 2017 production of “Cabaret”

Review of the 2016 Broadway touring production

Review of the Welk Resorts Theatre’s 2015 “Cabaret”

A U-T video interview with UCSD grad and “Cabaret” cast member Danny Burstein backstage on Broadway

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jim.hebert@sduniontribune.com

Twitter: @jimhebert


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