- Composers John Kander and Fred Ebb have been one of the greatest
and longest-running songwriting teams in Broadway musical history.
The Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Southern
Mississippi will present one of their more celebrated hits, "Cabaret,"
Nov. 13-15, 18-19 and 21-23 in the Martha R. Tatum Theatre.
Set in Berlin
in the late 1920s, the musical follows the relationship between
an American writer, Clifford Bradshaw, and a British cabaret performer,
Sally Bowles. Their love affair in the heady, decadent world of
pre-war Berlin collides with the dark political and social forces
steadily taking over Germany with the rise of Nazism.
and Ebb's "And the World Goes Round," produced at Southern
Miss in 2002, "Cabaret" is full of unforgettable music
that speaks eloquently of human pain and pleasure. Theatre faculty
member Robin Aronson, who directed the 2002 musical production,
also directs "Cabaret."
sexy, daring piece, both moving and challenging to its audience
and full of difficult subject matter, is far different from more
conventional musicals like 'Okalahoma,'" Aronson said. "Yet
it still has the structural elements and memorable music that make
musicals so powerful. This musical suggests that it might be easier
to understand the tragedies of history in the midst of an extravagant
a graduate student in the School of Music at Southern Miss, will
serve as the musical director for the production. Janet Prieur,
professor of dance in the Department of Theatre and Dance, will
choreograph the show, assisted by performance and choreography major
Robert Rigsby. Scenery is being designed by senior design student
Jonathan Hammel; lighting designed by assistant professor of theatre
Brian Hapcic, who teaches lighting and sound design at Southern
Miss; costumes designed by graduate costume student Brady McKellar;
and sound designed by sophomore theatre major Brandon Belote.
Ebb began their partnership in 1963 after an introduction by legendary
music publisher Tommy Volando. Their first success was the pop hit
"A Coloring Book." Since that time, the duo has written
eleven Broadway shows, including "Flora," "The Red
Menace," "Cabaret," "Zorba," "The
Happy Time," "Chicago," "Woman of the Year,"
"Kiss of the Spider Woman," and "Steel Pier."
They also wrote the music for the films "New York, New York"
and "Funny Lady."
start at 7:30 p.m. each evening Nov. 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, and
22. The show closes with a 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 23. The Department
of Theatre and Dance advises that the production contains adult
content and may not be suitable for all audiences.
show tickets are $10 general admission; $8 for Southern Miss faculty
and staff and senior citizens; and $6 for students. Call the Southern
Miss Ticket Office at (601) 266-5418 or 800-844-8425 for tickets.
Order online at www.usm.edu/tickets.