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Its Wilkommen to Cabaret at Solano College Theatre

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Berlin’s Kit Kat Klub, that 1930s-era underground den of sleaze, sexual ambiguity and emergent Nazism, returns this month and next at Solano College Theatre in Fairfield.

The lyricist Fred Ebb, who, with composer John Kander, created the saucy night spot in their 1967 Tony-winning musical “Cabaret,” a version of which opens March 23 in the company’s intimate Studio G space, 4000 Suisun Valley Road. Because of its subject matter, it is recommended for mature audiences.

The SCT staging, which runs Thursdays to Sundays to April 8, is directed by Christine Mani, with choreography by Liz Andrews and musical direction by Mark Middleton. It was last mounted at SCT in 2004, a favorably reviewed production directed by George Maguire.

The original Broadway musical — which earned seven Tony Awards, and, as a 1972 film won six Oscars — was a stimulating, intelligent mix of live music, theater and dance, stirred darkly around a theme of a politically misguided society gone horribly wrong.

Adapted by Joe Masteroff from a John van Druten play and Christopher Isherwood’s “Berlin Stories,” it tells the tale of a young Englishwoman’s confused affair with an American writer, set during seedy Weimar-era Berlin and the rise of Hitler’s murderous Third Reich.

Characters include the slithery, ringmaster-like Emcee, who sings the show-opening “Wilkommen”; the ensemble of bar girls, typically clad in the cheaper line of Victoria’s Secret lingerie; rooming-house matron Fraulein Schneider, who sings a tune called “So What?” Herr Schultz, the tender-hearted Jewish fruit vendor; Sally Bowles, the young Englishwoman, whose key musical numbers are “Don’t Tell Mama,” a rousing song about being naughty in a foreign country, and “Maybe This Time,” a tune about the search for Mr. Right (even though love interest and budding writer Cliff Bradshaw is gay), and the Act 2 showstopper “Cabaret”; and Ernest Ludwig, a young Brown Shirt, a member of the original paramilitary wing of Hitler’s Nazi Party.

Bradshaw’s key numbers are “If You Could See Her” and “I Don’t Care Much,” considered two of the musical’s best songs. As a gay Jew, he sees people in a totally different way than the Nazis, naturally. Bradshaw describes Berlin and the Kit Kat Klub, saying, “It’s tawdry and terrible and everybody is having a good time.” Lastly, the character Fraulein Kost is a young German woman who never saw a sailor and, sadly, a young Nazi, she didn’t like.

Mani has set up the theater space in a partially cabaret style, with some “interactive” tables near the front of the stage, as cast members come to the tables during the musical. If interested in buying tickets for those tables, four to a table, it is advisable to purchase them in advance.

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SCT’s “Cabaret” opens March 23 and continues to April 8 in the company’s Studio G space, at the Fairfield campus, 4000 Suisun Valley Road. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. For tickets, $10-$20, call 864-7100 or visit

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