Korda Artistic Productions is ready to kick off an exciting 2019 Season with Joe Masteroff, John Kander and Fred Ebb’s Tony Award-winning musical Cabaret, running February 14-17, 21-23, 28 and March 1-2, 2019 at The KordaZone Theatre in Windsor.
Korda will host an opening night special event on Valentine’s Day – February 14, 2019. Dress up in your favourite 20s attire and join the cast and crew for a pre-show at the Korda Kit Kat Club! Special guest Dan MacDonald will host the event which will feature 20s music, drag performances, chanteuses, hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary glass of prosecco! Doors open at 6pm with a cash bar for the first time. The opening night musical performance will commence at 8pm. Rouge your knees, roll your stockings down, help Korda celebrate its 2019 season and raise some dough for the theatre’s upcoming theatrical adventures. Tickets are $50 per person and can be reserved by calling or texting Tracey at 519 562 3394 or on Eventbrite.
Cabaret takes audiences deep into the seedy nightlife of the Kit Kat Klub on the eve of Hitler’s rise to power in Weimar Germany. Based on Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Stories, Cabaret follows the interlocking stories of a Cabaret singer, a writer from America, and the denizens of Berlin as they are caught up in the swirling maelstrom of a changing society. Led by the enigmatic and dazzling Emcee, Cabaret is an intoxicating theatrical experience, featuring well-known classics of the musical stage such as “Don’t Tell Mama,” “Maybe This Time,” and of course “Cabaret”.
Cabaret hits close to home for director Andres Hausmann. “I wanted to direct this show because my father escaped Germany at the time of the holocaust. And many of my family members stayed and died at the hands of the Nazis,” he explains. Andres, whose family landed in Montreal by way of Caracas, Venezuela, made a name for himself in Montreal’s professional theatre scene. He pioneered the professional theatre company, Imago, and then was named artistic director for The Saidye Bronfman Centre for the arts (Now the Segal Center). He has been called a “risk-taking director” whose “style is challenging, sometimes illuminating the text through a kind of theatrical chiaroscuro,” according to the Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia. After a move to Windsor in 2015 for family reasons, he is excited to make his musical theatre directing debut in conjunction with Korda.
Andres has a great vision for the piece and has assembled a fantastic cast, including some actors new to the Korda stage. Tracey Atin, Korda artistic director, anticipates that Cabaret will be a huge hit with audiences. “The characters are all dark, seedy, funny and delightful,” she says. “All very human.”
The intimate venue the KordaZone Theatre provides is a perfect fit for the Cabaret setting. “We are very excited!” Atin says.
Cabaret features Will Licari as the Emcee; Heather Hausmann as Sally Bowles; Martin Ouellette as writer Clifford Bradshaw; Tracey Atin as Fraulein Schneider; and Jeff Marontate as Herr Schultz. The cast also features Tova Perlmutter, Jeff Wilkinson, Christine Collins, Bailey Soulliere, Drake Prosser-Spence, George Kelso, Alex Hristoff, Floyd Nolan-Ducedre, Mike Kelly, Meghan Leigh Eyre, Kyra Scarlett and Maria Hausmann.
Ben Goldstein is the musical director and leads a beautiful live band, while the theatre welcomes John Luther to Korda as the production’s choreographer. The show is Stage managed by Marie Fulcher and Misty Habib.
Show dates and times include: February 14 (Opening Night Event), 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28 and March 1 and 2 at 8pm. February 17 at 2pm, February 21 is a “pay-what-you-can” performance, and February 22 has a dinner and show option available. Regular tickets are $25 each. For more visit www.kordazone.com.