January 14, 2023 — February 14, 2023
Music by John Kander+
Lyrics by Fred Ebb+
Book by Joe Masteroff+
Based on the 1951 play I Am a Camera by John Van Druten+ adapted from the 1939 novella Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood+
Directed by Artistic Director Michael Weber+
Music Directed by Linda Madonia*
Associate Directed & Choreographed by Brenda Didier*
Bold and provocative, this landmark musical shines a spotlight on Berlin in the late 1920s and the colorful, gritty and hedonistic lives found there. Filled with iconic songs and electrifying dance the story of American writer “Clifford Bradshaw’s” relationship with English cabaret performer “Sally Bowles” as the Nazi party is rising to power is one you’ll never forget. Overseen by an ominous “Emcee” at the fabled Kit Kat Club, Cabaret is a cautionary tale that has renewed resonance in today’s political climate. “Your table’s waiting” for this winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
(L to R) Brenda Didier*, associate director & choreographer; Linda Madonia*, music director; Michael Weber+, director.
MICHAEL WEBER (Director) is the Artistic Director of Porchlight Music Theatre. Previously served as Artistic Director for the inaugural season of Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place (now The Broadway Playhouse) and at Theatre at the Center (1998-2004). His productions of Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Pal Joey, Assassins and Side Show here, as well as Grand Hotel at Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place and She Loves Me at Theatre at the Center were each nominated for the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Production-Musical. Directing credits include Living the History-125 Years of The Auditorium Theatre starring Patti LuPone and John Mahoney, Fifth of July and Talley’s Folly at the Oak Park Festival Theatre, The Petrified Forest at Theatre at the Center, Beauty and the Beast at Marriott Theatre, Over the River and Through the Woods at The Mercury Theater, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Pheasant Run Theatre, and Cirque du Symphony at Sears Center Arena. The recipient of two Joseph Jefferson Awards, he wrote and directed nine Joseph Jefferson Awards ceremonies (2009-2018). Weber’s regional acting credits include Annie Get Your Gun and Gypsy (both starring Patti LuPone) at Ravinia, Disney’s My Son Pinocchio at First Stage Milwaukee, Around the World in 80 Days at Cleveland Playhouse, The Winter’s Tale and Henry V at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, It Had To Be You (starring Cindy Williams and Eddie Mekka) at Little Theatre on the Square, Angel Street at First Folio Shakespeare, and The Gifts of the Magi at Indiana Repertory. Weber is proud to serve as a pledge host on WTTW, Channel 11, and is author of the play, WAR of the WELLeS.
LINDA MADONIA (Music Director) is thrilled to return to Porchlight Music Theater for Cabaret. Linda most recently music directed “New Faces Sing Broadway 1947″, “ICONS Gala 2021”, “A Chorus Line” and “Billy Elliott” at Porchlight where Linda also serves as the orchestra manager. Other theatres where Linda serves as Music Director and Conductor are Music Theater Works, Mercury Theater Chicago, and Drury Lane Oakbrook where she is getting ready to start “Holiday Inn”. Recently, Linda has conducted Chamber Opera Chicago’s International tour of Persuasion. Linda is also the vocal coach for the Masters Degree Music Theatre Voice program at Carthage College and owns American Eagle Productions, a touring theatre company that takes shows and workshops and theatre classes directly into schools. American Eagle has been doing shows for twenty-nine years and presents 150 shows a year to Chicago area schools.
BRENDA DIDIER (Associate Director/Choreographer) A freelance director/choreographer based in Chicago, credits include: Kenny Rogers Christmas Tour, Second City, Six Flags, Busch Gardens, T-Mobile’s national commercial Home for the Holidays, Leo Burnett’s Leo on Ice at the Chicago Theatre, Cirque Shanghai at Navy Pier’s Skyline Stage, Atlantic City, Las Vegas and off-Broadway, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Goodman, Paramount Theatre, Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, Mercury Theater Chicago, Kokandy Productions, Boho Theatre, industrials and live events. She is the Artistic Director and owner of the Lincolnshire Academy of Dance, now in its 25th season. Ms. Didier is a multiple Joseph Jefferson Award recipient (direction & choreography), After Dark Award and National Youth Theatre Award recipient and was honored with the 2018 Guy Adkins Award for the advancement of Musical Theatre in Chicago.