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Cabaret

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 an astonishing and eye-popping tale that has renewed resonance in today’s political climate. “Your table’s waiting” for this winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

 

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SINGLE TICKETS FOR CABARET RANGE FROM $25—$77 AND ARE NOW ON SALE.

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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/ChoreographerA 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.


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NEALA BARRON(Fraulein “Fritzie” Kost/US Fraulein Schneider)
Previously at Porchlight: Appeared in Merrily We Roll Along, A Funny Thing…

Neala Barron is thrilled to return to Porchlight, previously seen in Merrily We Roll Along and A Funny Thing.... Other favorite credits: 110 In the Shade (Jeff Nom.), Marie Christine (Boho Theatre); Botticelli in the Fire (First Floor Theater); Queen of the Mist (Firebrand Theatre); Ragtime, Titanic (Griffin Theatre Company); Adding Machine (The Hypocrites); Hello Again (Theo Ubique); Assassins, The Full Monty (Kokandy Productions) and more. TV credits include Chicago Med (NBC), Night Sky (Amazon).

 

 

FRANKIE LEO BENNETT(Standby Emcee and Max)
Previously at Porchlight: Appeared in In The Heights, New Faces Sing Broadway 1985, Porchlight Revisits 1776

Porchlight: In The Heights (Broadway World-Chicago Award), New Faces Sing Broadway 1985, Porchlight Revisits 1776. Chicago: Head Over Heels (Kokandy); Sweeney Todd, Altar Boyz (Theo Ubique); Poseidon!, Christmas Dearest (Hell…Handbag Prod.). Direction: RENT (Asst. Dir.), Porchlight Revisits The Apple Tree, Broadway In Your Backyard, Chicago Sings Stephen Sondheim (Co-Dir.), New Faces Sing Broadway 1971 (Porchlight). Regional: The Golden Girls – The Lost Episodes (Hell…Handbag Prod., Assoc. Dir.) Playwright/Composer: Resident Services: A Crossed-Up Animal Musical.

 

JORDAN BEYELER* (Swing)
Porchlight Music Theatre Debut

Jordan is a Chicago based dancer and dance teacher. Her previous performance credits include: West Side Story (South Bend Civic Theatre), The Polar Express (Universal Studios Chicago Cast), Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat (Music Theater Works), A Chorus Line (Metropolis PAC), Anything Goes (Metropolis PAC), La Traviata (Lyric Opera of Chicago) and Norwegian Cruise Line. When not in the studio, Jordan is a judge for IDA and Applause Talent Competitions. 

 

 


ANNA BROCKMAN
* (Lulu/Ensemble)
Previously at Porchlight: Sunset Boulevard, New Faces Sing Broadway 1947

Anna is excited to be returning to Porchlight Music Theatre where she was previously seen in Sunset Boulevard and New Faces Sing Broadway 1947. Other Chicago credits include: Cinderella and Wizard of Oz (Paramount Theatre), Mamma Mia and Pirates of Penzance (Music Theatre Works), and Baked! (Chicago Music Theatre Festival). Anna holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Millikin University and is represented by Paonessa Talent. All the love and thanks to her family, friends, and pup Grommet. IG: @annabrockman

 

MORGAN DIFONZO(Texas – Ensemble/US Fraulein Kost)
Porchlight Music Theatre Debut

Morgan is so excited to be making her Porchlight debut in Cabaret! Originally from Los Angeles, California, Morgan moved to Chicago to obtain her BFA from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.  Recent: Cabaret (Metropolis Performing Arts Centre). Absolutely stoked to rejoin the Kit Kat club! Big thanks to her parents, friends, teachers and her students for all the support and inspiration! Wilkommen and enjoy the show!  

 

 

GILBERT DOMALLY+ (Clifford Bradshaw)
Porchlight Music Theatre Debut

Gilbert Domally is a Chicago-based actor. Some of his credits include “Gator” Memphis, “C.C” Dreamgirls (Porchlight Music Theatre) “Bobby” Choir Boy (Steppenwolf Theater); “Harpo” The Color Purple (Drury Lane Theatre); “Marty Roy” The Total Bent (HavenTheatre); ; “Seaweed” Hairspray, “Peter” Jesus Christ Superstar, (Paramount Theatre); “Marty” Madagascar (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); “Gabe” Next to Normal (Boho Theatre); Dessa Rose, and The Wild Party (Bailiwick Theatre). Choir Boy (Yale Rep); ‘Harpo” The Color Purple (The Muny) Gilbert is grateful to God for every opportunity to do what he loves, and to his family and friends for their unending support!”

 

JULIA FLECKENSTEIN(​​Helga – Ensemble)
Porchlight Music Theatre Debut

Julia Fleckenstein is so excited to be performing with Porchlight! BFA in Musical Theater (Dance Emphasis) from the Chicago College of Performing Arts 2021. Originally from Dallas, TX! Some favorite Chicago performances include: A Chorus Line, Can-Can, Anything Goes. Regional: Newsies (Casa Mañana) Film: Cassie (Chicago St-ART), Promise of the Butterfly (Amazon Prime). IG @jflecki. Love & gratitude <3.

 

 

 

TIM FOSZCZ(Herman – Ensemble/US Clifford Bradshaw)
Previously at Porchlight: Appeared in New Faces Sing Broadway 1987

After last performing with Porchlight in 2020’s New Faces Sing Broadway 1987, Tim is really quite stoked to be making his mainstage Porchlight debut in Cabaret! Recent: Cliff, Cabaret (Metropolis PAC); Cinderella (Paramount Theatre); Beauty and the Beast (Drury Lane and Paramount); Wizard of Oz (Chicago Shakespeare). Regional credits: West Side Story, Pippin, Newsies, Into The Woods. Endless thanks to Kyle and the team at BMT and his family, as always. For and with you, Adele. @timothyfoz

 

 

HALEY GUSTAFSON*/^ (Frenchie – Ensemble/US Sally Bowles)
Previously at Porchlight: Appeared in New Faces Sing Broadway 1979

Haley is overjoyed to make her Porchlight Music Theatre Mainstage debut. Previous credits include New Faces Sing Broadway 1979 (PMT), Lizzie (Southern Plains Productions), ShakesFest, Wizard of Oz (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Legally Blonde (Metropolis PAC), Education: Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, LINK Program, Class of 2022. Rep: Stewart Talent. “For politics is not like the nursery; in politics obedience and support are the same. ”- Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil

 

 

JOSIAH HAUGEN(Ernst Ludwig)
Previously at Porchlight: Appeared in New Faces Sing Broadway 1971

Josiah Haugen is grateful to be working again with Porchlight alongside the company of Cabaret. Recent credits include: New Faces Sing Broadway 1971 (Porchlight Music Theatre); “Beadle Bamford”, Sweeney Todd (Kokandy Productions), “Dan u/s”, Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man (Matt Murphy Productions). Education: BFA Musical Theatre; CCPA. He would like to thank his amazing family (both chosen and blood), his partner Jack and all those who have come to support along the way!

 

 

NATALIE HENRY* (Rosie – Ensemble)
Porchlight Music Theatre Debut

Natalie Henry is delighted to have her Porchlight debut in Cabaret with this cast. She has recently graduated college in May of 2022 from Columbia College Chicago.  Credits: Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act at Metropolis Performing Arts Center and understudied the Urchins in Little Shop of Horrors at Citadel Theatre. Natalie is from Pella, Iowa where she and her twin sister were adopted into an amazing family who support them achieving their dreams in theatre.

 

 

MARK DAVID KAPLAN(Herr Schultz)
Previously at Porchlight: Appeared in Porchlight Revisits Minnie Boys and Host of New Faces Sing Broadway 1985

Recent: Clue (Mercury Theater Chicago); Fiddler on the Roof (Lyric Opera). Select Credits: Mr. Dicken’s Hat (Northlight), Kinky Boots (Paramount), Into the Woods, The Mystery of Love and Sex (Writers), Wonderful Town (Goodman). Jeff Award Winner: (Les Misérables, Ragtime, Forbidden Broadway [Int’l and Off-B’way]). Nat’l Tour: The Lion King (Zazu). TV: Utopia (Amazon Video), Chicago Fire (NBC), T-Mobile, Chicago Cubs. AEA since 1986, Mark currently sits on the board of Season of Concern.

 

DARREN PATIN(Victor – Ensemble)
Previously at Porchlight: Sophisticated Ladies

Darren Patin is so excited to be joining the cast of Cabaret! They were last seen at Porchlight in Sophisticated Ladies. Recent acting credits include Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Mercury Theatre) and The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice (Court Theatre). Recent Assistant Directing credits include Kinky Boots and Sweat (Paramount Theatre). In drag, they host every Monday and Tuesday night at Roscoe’s Tavern. They want to thank you for coming to the show, and they hope to see you around!



SHANE ROBERIE+ (Max – Ensemble/US Herr Schultz)
Previously at Porchlight : Appeared in Sunset Boulevard

Shane Roberie (he/him) Porchlight: Sunset Boulevard. Chicago: Head Over Heels (Kokandy Productions); Poseidon! (Hell in a Handbag); Evil Dead, Nightmare & Nightcaps (Black Button Eyes); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Citadel Theatre); Disaster! (Chicago Theatre Workshop); Into The Woods (Metropolis PAC)

 

 

MARY ROBIN ROTH(Fraulein Schneider)
Porchlight Music Theatre Debut

Mary Robin, “MR”, was recently awarded the Andes Award for Best Actress in a Drama as Ursula Widdington in the North American Premiere of Ladies in Lavender at Meadowbrook Theatre in Michigan where she also performed The Spitfire Grill, Arsenic and Old Lace, Nunsense and Nunsense 2. Chicago credits:  A Streetcar Named Desire (Lyric Opera w/Renee Fleming), Follies (Jeff and After Dark Award) and more. Nat’l. Tour: Evita. Toronto: Sunset Blvd. Broadway: The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Senator Joe. 

 

 

ERICA STEPHAN* (Sally Bowles)
Porchlight Music Theatre Debut

Porchlight debut! Chicago credits include Clue (Mercury Theater Chicago); Holiday Inn, Beauty and the Beast, South Pacific, Saturday Night Fever, Crazy for You, White Christmas (Drury Lane Theatre);  Emma, Madagascar, The Little Mermaid (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); Wonderful Town (Goodman Theatre); Nice Work If You Can Get It, White Christmas ( Theatre at the Center). Les Miserables and Tommy (Paramount Theatre). Education: The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. AEA Member. Rep: Stewart Talent Chicago. 

 

 

CAM TURNER+ (Swing/US Ernst & Bobbie/Dance Captain)
Previously at Porchlight: Appeared in Porchlight Revisits Woman of the Year

Cam is ecstatic to be back on stage with Porchlight in one of his favorite shows of all time. Performer/Choreographer/Director credits: Porchlight Music Theatre, Mercury Theater, American Theatre Company, Theo Ubique, Music Theatre Works and Pride Films & Plays (The Boy from Oz, Jeff nom.). Thanks to the Porchlight team for inviting him back on stage, friends and family for endless support and mom, who has kept pushing him to go after the dream.

 

 

JOSH WALKER(Emcee)
Porchlight Music Theatre Debut

Josh Walker is thrilled to be making his Porchlight debut! Acting credits include: Side Show (Broadway and Kennedy Center–Helen Hayes Award), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Radio City Music Hall), Cosi Fan Tutte (Metropolitan Opera), La Campana Sommersa (New York City Opera), Nick in Godspell (Ivoryton Playhouse), Beauty & The Beast (Theatre By The Sea), Toulouse: A New Musical (New York Theatre Barn). Love to Peter, Mom, family and friends! Thanks to Michael and Porchlight for bringing me aboard! www.joshwalkerofficialwebsite.com

 

SHAUN WHITE(Bobby – Ensemble)
Porchlight Music Theatre Debut

Porchlight debut! Shaun spent this past Halloween season touring with Ginger Minj in her Hocus Pocus drag show! Chicago: Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Mercury Theater). Other: La Cage Aux Folles, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Crazy For You, A Christmas Story, A Chorus Line. Education: CCPA; BFA in Musical Theatre: Dance. He would like to thank his family and friends for their constant love and support! Enjoy the show!  instagram: @shaun_white11, drag instagram: @missariahard

 

 

EVAN WILHELM(Hans – Ensemble)
Previously at Porchlight: Appeared in New Faces Sing Broadway 1971

Evan Wilhelm is a theatre artist as well as a pole dancer/instructor in the city of Chicago. He is thrilled to be making his Porchlight Mainstage debut in Cabaret! He graduated from the Chicago College of Performing Arts with a BFA in musical theatre. You can find him teaching at Fly Club Chicago for all levels of pole dancers – come twirl and take a class! Thanks as always to the girlies and Elix. DPTL.

 


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