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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Dick Van Dyke Co-Produces ‘Cabaret’ for Malibu Stage Co.

BY SUZANNE GULDIMANN

Longtime Malibu resident Dick Van Dyke is producing his first play for the Malibu Stage Company.
 The 86-year-old actor will coproduce a revival of the musical “Cabaret,” scheduled to open Nov. 2 and run for five weeks, with Richard Johnson.
Cabaret, a 1966 Broadway musical, with book by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, is based on John Van Druten’s 1951 Broadway play “I Am a Camera,” which was adapted from the 1939 novella “Goodbye to Berlin” by Christopher Isherwood. 
Set in Berlin, during Hitler’s rise to power, “Cabaret” brings to life the Kit Kat Klub, a decedent burlesque theater, and the characters who revolve around it.
The original 1966 production became a hit on Broadway, inspiring a 1972 film version that was only loosely based on the original, and a number of Broadway and West End revivals, including a London production that opened last month at the Savoy Theatre.
The Malibu Stage Company production of “Cabaret” is directed by Jeffery Passero. and stars Brent Moon, Lilli Passero, Denver Milord, Linda Kerns,  Allan Wasserman, Michael Hawley, Elizabeth Hayden, Joanna Burt, Michael Cusimano, Kevin Dennis, Britney Galido, Charissa Hogeland, John Lomazzi, Ian McQuown, Kristina Miller, Melanie Rose Mockobey, Meredith Overcash.
 “Life is a cabaret and you folks are going to see the greatest intimate theatre production of this musical of all time,” a press release states. “Brent Moon as the MC, Lilly Passero as Sally Bowles, with Dick Van Dyke and Richard Johnson producing and the great Jeff Passero with the director’s reigns, this promises to be the best ever.”
“Expect greatness and you will not be disappointed,” the press release states.
“It’s 1930’s Berlin and the sexy Kit Kat Klub has it’s share of trouble, what with the Nazi’s, and the Jews, and the many troubled dancers and singers,” the announcement continues.
“This passionate Kander and Ebb piece has received it’s just deserts in this major intimate production. What a date night, what a great night!”
The production is outgoing MSC artistic director Richard Johnson’s last project at the theater.
Van Dyke and his brother Jerry performed at the Malibu Stage Playhouse in a limited run engagement of Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys,” last year.
Earlier this year,Van Dyke performed in a one-night concert with his band the Vantastixs, at Pepperdine University to benefit the Malibu company, of which he is a founding member.
Van Dyke is this year’s recipient of the Screen Actors Guild’s Life Achievement Award. He is scheduled to receive the award during the group’s annual televised ceremony in January.
Performances of “Cabaret” are scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 5 p.m., at the Malibu Stage Company Playhouse, 29243 PCH, through Dec. 9.
FI and tickets: 310-589-1998.

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