If there was a musical written for the talents of Randy Harrison as he leaves his ingenue period and heads towards full maturity, it is the musical masterpiece Cabaret. It came as no surprise when he was cast as the sexually fluid emcee. His recent appearances with The Skivvies show he is ready to bring it all to the stage.
It is all happening as part of the Roundabout Theatre Company’s 50th Anniversary Season. And on January 28, 2016 in Providence, RI, the national tour of Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall’s Tony Award®-winning production of Cabaret opened to rhapsodic reviews.
The tour will continue across the country. This means that many of Harrison’s fans are finally having a chance to see him live, on stage, for the first time.
“Harrison’s smiling, naughty and slyly sinister Emcee not only draws us into this world, but – embodying the dangers simmering on this brink of Nazi takeover – often literally hovers above it on the second level. Even when his songs are performed with comedy or sexual abandon, there is a malevolent undertone that carries into the show’s entire mood.” – Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll, Cape Cod Times
“Any production of this show rises or falls on the performance of its Emcee, and Harrison is a mesmerizing triple threat, his acting fierce, his movement sinuous, his singing stunning as he hovers almost non-stop over the proceedings. One is totally blown away by the visual ending (not to be revealed here) which is unexpectedly yet logically both overwhelmingly theatrical and shattering.” – Jack Craib, South Shore Critic
Randy Harrison, best known for his portrayal of Justin in the Showtime drama Queer as Folk, as well as a dozen appearances at the Berkshire Theatre Festival in shows like Equus, Waiting for Godot and The Who’s Tommy, will step into the role of the Emcee while Andrea Goss, a veteran of Roundabout’s Cabaret on Broadway will return to the role of Sally Bowles. Joining them will be Shannon Cochran (August: Osage County) as Fraulein Schneider, Alison Ewing (Cabaret/Broadway) as Fraulein Kost, Mark Nelson (Picasso at the Lapin Agile) as Herr Schultz, Ned Noyes (You Can’t Take It With You) as Ernst Ludwig, and Lee Aaron Rosen (The Normal Heart) as Clifford Bradshaw.
The cast will also include Kelsey Beckert, Sarah Bishop, Margaret Dudasik, Hillary Ekwall, Lori Eure, Aisling Halpin, Leeds Hill, Andrew Hubacher, Joey Khoury, Tommy McDowell, Evan D. Siegel, Dani Spieler, and Steven Wenslawski.
The Kander and Ebb musical, based on the stories of Christopher Isherwood and John Van Druten’s drama I Am a Camera, ran April 24, 2014-March 29, 2015 at Studio 54. The revival production, which first opened in 1998, returned to Roundabout’s Broadway home in April 2014 with its Tony-winning Emcee Alan Cumming and Oscar nominee Michelle Williams as Sally Bowles.
The creative team for the North American tour includes original direction by Sam Mendes, original codirection and choreography by Rob Marshall, tour direction recreated by BT McNicholl, tour choreography recreated by Cynthia Onrubia, set design by Robert Brill, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Peggy Eisenhauer and Mike Baldassari, sound design by Keith Caggiano based on the original Broadway design by Brian Ronan, with hair and wig design by Paul Huntley. Music direction is by Robert Cookman.
Cabaret originally premiered on Broadway in 1966 and won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, in addition to the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, the Outer Critics’ Circle Award, the Variety Poll of New York Critics, and London’s Evening Standard Award. The original Broadway production played 1,166 performances.
For tickets to Cabaret at the Providence Performing Arts Center, visit http://www.ppacri.org/events/detail/cabaret.
Here’s the national touring schedule: