The Hilo Education Arts Repertory Theatre (HEART), the team behind the sold-out runs of “Avenue Q” and “Beauty and The Beast,” will open the groundbreaking Oscar, Grammy, and 8-time Tony Award-winning musical, “Cabaret” on Friday, July 29 at the East Hawaii Cultural Center. Ticket info is below.
“Cabaret,” directed by HEART Executive Director, Larry Reitzer, takes audiences deep into the seedy and decadent nightlife of the Kit Kat Klub on the eve of Hitler’s rise to power in Weimar Germany. Based on Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Stories, “Cabaret” follows the interlocking stories of a Cabaret singer, a writer from America, and the denizens of Berlin as they are caught up in the swirling maelstrom of a changing society. Led by the enigmatic and dazzling Emcee (played by Chesa Greene), “Cabaret” is an intoxicating theatrical experience, featuring well-known classic songs such as “Don’t Tell Mama,” “Maybe This Time,” and of course, “Cabaret.”
“Cabaret” is one of the most celebrated, loved, and revived musicals of all time,” said Reitzer, “It’s a rich and emotional story set in a sexy, hedonistic nightclub, with colorful characters that are not only complex and dark but funny, seductive and dangerous – it’s a deeply human and complicated story about a very dark time in history.”
Joining Reitzer is Kyra Gomes, who not only musically directs the show but also plays the leading female role of Sally Bowles, the beguiling, self-destructive chanteuse who lives with no thought or concern for tomorrow. Audiences may remember Gomes’s last stage performance as Belle in “Beauty and the Beast.” According to Gomes, bringing the complex and unique character of Sally Bowles to life is a dream come true and an incredible opportunity. My last role in Hilo was Belle, and they are considerably different characters. “Cabaret” is such a powerful show, and I am so honored to be part of such a talented and supportive cast.”
Choreographing the dazzling Fosse-inspired musical numbers is Aleah Kay, who recently choreographed and starred in “Avenue Q.” “Cabaret” also features Danny Randerson, Erin Smith, Tom Mirenda, Charles Bankhead Haines, Yisa Var, and an ensemble of 20 singers and dancers. The show has sets by Nicolas Souza, lights by Ariana Bassett, costumes by Lizby, and makeup and hair by Mitch Hale. Jason Green, Nicolas Souza, and Charles Bankhead Haines for HEART are producing it.
Performances run Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 7:00 from July 29th through August 14th at the East Hawaii Cultural Center. Opening weekend is almost sold out, but seats are available for the remaining two weekends.
To purchase tickets or for further information, visit the HEART website