The Lipstick Project, in collaboration with the Darien Arts Center Stage, presents an all-female version of Kander and Ebb’s Tony-winning Cabaret April 27–May 12 at the Darien Arts Center (2 Renshaw Road) in Darien, Connecticut.
Directed by Carin Zakes, with choreography by Caitlin Roberts and musical direction by Dwayne Condon, the cast is led by Julie Thaxter-Gourlay as the Emcee, Abigail Henderson as Cliff, Rachel Schulte as Sally Bowles, Betty McCready as Fraulein Schneider, Marilyn Olsen as Herr Schultz, Megan Kellogg as Fraulein Kost, and Shelley Lepetich as Ernst.
With music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and a book by Joe Masteroff, Cabaret follows the interlocking stories of a cabaret singer, an American writer, and the denizens of Berlin’s Kit Kat Club as they are caught up in the swirling maelstrom of a changing society during Hitler's rise to power. Songs include “Don’t Tell Mama,” “Maybe This Time,” and “Cabaret.”
The Lipstick Project, founded in Stamford, Connecticut, in 2014, promotes and creates artistic opportunities exclusively for women; the company strives to give women a safe and exciting space in which to perform and make art.
“Although Cabaret takes place almost a century ago, it holds a mirror up to our time: a populace looking for an escape from the rise of fascism,” said Lipstick Project spokesperson Julie Thaxter-Gourlay in an earlier statement. “In this dangerous time of tribalism and nationalism, women have a unique voice in telling this story.”
Nova Hall produces.
Tickets are available at darienarts.org.