Cabaret a smash hit at the Backdoor Playhouse

This fall, the Backdoor Playhouse presents the musical “Cabaret.”
From the beginning of the show, the audience is instructed to leave their troubles outside and be transported to the “Kit Kat Klub” in early 1930s Berlin for a dazzling show full of music, dance, scantily clad ladies and a fascinating story of a couple in love during the rise of the Nazi party.
Clifford Bradshaw (Joshua Spivey) is an aspiring American writer who travels to Germany and becomes entangled in the constant party that is Berlin. He meets English Kit Kat performer Sally Bowles (Nicole Huey) who transforms his world. The increasing pressure from the Nazis creates conflict, and the musical chronicles how the characters begin to deal with the threatening new party.
“Cabaret” is the first show directed by Adam Combs, and it is a hit! Just about every seat in the Playhouse has been filled since opening night, with a line already forming before the doors open. The scene is set immediately upon entering the theatre, with a sign for the “Kit Kat Klub” where the usual Backdoor Playhouse logo rests. A multitude of ladies and gentlemen are dressed up to disperse programs and sell concessions.
The show opens with the appearance of the Master of Ceremonies (Anthony Herd), who wastes no time bringing out the ladies for a grand “Willkommen!” to the audience. Scenes focused on the plot alternate with big musical numbers from the club, which keeps things interesting all throughout the production. The talent featured is consistent across the board, from the acting to the dancing to the singing. The technical aspects, namely the set, lights and costume design, are to be commended for their effectiveness in setting the mood for the audience.
Watching the show, it is evident how hard the cast and crew have worked to provide the best in entertainment to the Cookeville community. Even if you don’t enjoy musicals, I guarantee you will find something to appreciate about the production.
Keep in mind there are only three more opportunities to see it. The show will run tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m., and there will be a matinee tomorrow at 2 pm.
The show contains mature situations that may not be appropriate for all audiences, but I did not find any of the show particularly offensive.
“Cabaret” is free to Tech students, so there is no excuse to miss out on this fabulous production!
More information can be found on the Backdoor Playhouse Facebook page.