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February 25, 2003                                                            WIN FREE TICKETS

CSUS production of Cabaret
offers new spin on old musical favorite

Photo from CabaretAfter 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 the era.”

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) 278-6156.

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