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Sunday, July 31, 2011


( Pic by Val Adamson: Janna Ramos-Violante, Marion Loudon and Liesl Coppin with Belinda Henwood in front)

KickstArt will present its second Durban premier for 2011: a professional production Kander and Ebb’s famous musical, Cabaret.

This dark, classy, classic musical set in Berlin’s seedy Kit Kat Klub, 1931, revolves around cabaret performer Sally Bowles, a faded, jaded, good-time girl, (made famous by Liza Minelli in the 1972 movie) and her relationship with young American writer Cliff Bradshaw. Adding to the divinely decadent atmosphere is German musical theatre star Sascha Halbhuber making his South African debut as the sinister, sexy Master of Ceremonies, Emcee.

The production also stars Lisa Bobbert, Bryan Hiles, Charon Williams-Ros, Peter Court, Clare Mortimer, and Lyle Buxton. Janna Ramos-Violante, Liesl Coppin, Belinda Henwood, Marion Loudon and Jessica Sole form a bevy of Kit Kat girls described by director Steven Stead as being “so talented and hot that they could set the theatre alight, and may well do so!” They are supported by Darren King, Sean de Klerk and Marc Kay as a variety of dancers, sailors and thugs! And a gorilla.

KickstArt have once again assembled an outstanding production team to help realise this complex production: musical direction is by Evan Roberts, choreography by Janine Bennewith, set design by Greg King, costume design by Neil Stuart-Harris, lighting design by Tina le Roux and sound design by Megan Levy.

Cabaret runs from August 6 to 28 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, with performances Tuesday to Saturday at 19h30 (Sunday at 18h00) with extra shows on Saturday at 14h30. Tickets R130 Tuesday to Thursday and the Saturday matinee. R150 for evening performances Friday to Sunday with special low price previews on 6th and 7th August. Book at Computicket.