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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Behind the Scenes of "Cabaret"

"Cabaret" director and professor Jeremy Mann talks about the Ray Bolger Musical Theater Program, the UCLA Theater Department and working with Tony-nominee Jane Lanier who choreographed the UCLA production

The annual Ray Bolger Musical Theater Production is always a sold-out highlight of the end-of-the-year season at the School. In this exclusive interview, director and TFT faculty member Jeremy Mann describes the excitement of working with a cast of gifted student performers on the classic Broadway musical “Cabaret.”

“Cabaret” presents the onstage and backstage action at Berlin’s raunchy and satirical Kit Kat Klub in 1931 as a metaphor for the decline of German society during the Nazis’ rise to power. Iconic characters include the club’s sneering, prancing Master of Ceremonies and the 19-year-old performer Sally Bowles. This production is based on the 1998 London and Broadway revival co-directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall, which added to the 1966 book by Joe Masteroff and the songs of Kander and Ebb, material created for Bob Fosse’s Oscar-winning 1972 film adaptation.

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Book by Joe Masteroff

Based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood

Music by John Kander – Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Directed by Jeremy Mann

Choreography by Jane Lanier

Featuring: Jordan Aragon, Hunter Bird, Katie Boeck, Camden Gonzales, Robby Dyess, Jonathan Roderick Eidson, Elizabeth Gonzalez, Mikey Hawley, Rachel Hirshee, Charissa Abigail Hogeland, Tatiana Mac Holthaus, Nora Hunter, Joanna Alexis Jones, Ian Mcquown, Angelica Richie, Brad Satterwhite, Clare Snodgrass, Clay Stefanki, Nicholas Tubbs

Assistant Director: Lane Williamson

Scenic Design by Nick Santiago

Costume Design by Raquel Barreto
Lighting Design by John Garofalo and Donald Jackson

Sound Design by Ross Goldman

Stage Manager: Elizabeth Boulger
Assistant Sound Designer: Roni Lancaster
Assistant Stage Manager: Liana Dillaway
Assistant Stage Manager: Andrea Gutierrez