Kit Kat Klub Cracks Open Again as Lineage Performs Time Warp Without a Time Machine

Published on Mar 25, 2024

In a captivating revival that promises to transcend time and space, the Lineage Performing Arts Center is set to host the time-honored musical, Cabaret, following its previously sold-out performances in January. This stirring rendition of a classic tale that remains profoundly relevant today is scheduled to enchant audiences from May 24 through June 2, offering a unique blend of historical context with contemporary performance artistry.

Under the co-direction of Austin Roy and Hilary Thomas, who also contributes her expertise as the choreographer, the production is poised to captivate with its dynamic interpretation of 1930s Berlin life, both in its exuberant moments and its poignant turns. The narrative unfolds in the enigmatic Kit Kat Klub, a place where the carefree revelry is as intoxicating as the era’s brewing storm is foreboding. The live band and a talented cast led by Aidan Rawlinson as the Emcee and Jana Souza portraying Sally Bowles, alongside the dedicated members of the Lineage Dance Company as the Kit Kat Girls, promise an immersive experience into a world where the party’s vibrance is matched only by the unfolding drama’s intensity.

This revival of Cabaret is not merely a retelling of a celebrated story but an invitation to reflect on the complexities of human nature, freedom, and the societal undercurrents that define pivotal historical moments. The production’s ability to resonate with contemporary audiences, drawing parallels to modern issues while wrapped in the allure of a bygone era, is a testament to the timeless relevance of its themes and the universal appeal of its characters.

Cabaret’s music, composed by John Kander, with lyrics by Frank Ebb and a book by Joe Masteroff, is based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood. This collaborative foundation serves as the backbone for a production that intertwines narrative depth with musical brilliance, offering a multifaceted exploration of a tumultuous time through the lens of individual stories and collective experiences.

Hosted at the Lineage Performing Arts Center, located at 920 E. Mountain Avenue in Pasadena, tickets for Cabaret are available for purchase by clicking here.

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