25, 2003 WIN
production of Cabaret
offers new spin on old musical favorite
a 20-year sabbatical from the stage at California State University,
Sacramento, the musical Cabaret returns during the 11th annual Festival
of the Arts.
The show will be performed at 8 p.m., March 13-14, 20-21, 27-28,
April 3-5 and 2 p.m., March 15, 22, 29, April 6 in the University
Theatre at CSUS. Directed by Ed Brazo and choreographed by Paul
Besaw, both CSUS professors of theatre and dance, the musical play
will feature students in familiar roles, with a modern twist. “It’s
racy, it’s decadent,” says Brazo. “It’s
a fresh look at what ‘Cabaret’ is about.”
The musical gives a stylized yet essentially accurate view of what
cabaret entertainment was like in 1930s Berlin, with satirical sketches,
torch songs, transvestitism and other adult themes. Back then, the
shows had an intellectual punch which, with a few drinks, helped
audiences push the harsh realities of life aside for a few hours.
“Life in Berlin was difficult in the 1930s,” says Brazo.
“We like to think we’re offering an updated view of
Brazo, who came to CSUS last August after spending the past two
decades teaching in Louisiana and performing in New York, is excited
about his directorial debut on the West Coast. “The cast is
very strong,” says Brazo. “We’re offering a good
combination of singing, dancing and some great acting.”
Tickets for Cabaret are $16 for general admission, $11 for students
and seniors. Tickets are available at the CSUS Ticket Office at
(916) 278-4323. For more information about the Festival of the Arts,
contact the CSUS School of the Arts at (916) 278-ARTS or see the
links from the Festival of the Arts news release at www.csus.edu/news.
Media assistance is available from CSUS public affairs at (916)