It was 2005 when actor Randy Harrison first appeared in the Berkshires, in Equus staged by the Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG). He returned each summer to great acclaim as BTG directors Eric Hill and Anders Cato cast him in such classics as Mrs. Warren’s Profession (2007), Beckett’s Endgame (2011) and Waiting for Godot (2008) <read the interview>, and finally the title role in the musical Tommy(review). Then something happened, and we only saw him when Harrison’s own theatre company QWAN returned for a one night stand, and the summer he appeared with The Skivvies (2015) at the Williamstown Theatre Festival cabaret.
The actor stayed busy, of course, both on stage and making films. In January of 2016, Harrison took on the role of the emcee in the national touring company of Cabaret and a year later he is still wowing them in that role as the production rolls into Boston. Cabaret will open on January 31 at the Boston Opera House and close on February 12, 2017.
The much acclaimed Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall Broadway revival of the Tony Award-winning John Kander and Fred Ebb show has a book by Joe Masteroff. Cabaret is set in the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where Harrison as the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd—and to leave their troubles outside. The musical features some of the most memorable songs in theater history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.”
“I think what this show does is remind people how important it is to be politically engaged, fight for justice and not sit back and let discrimination and hate happen in front of you and around you because it gets bigger, and it gets worse if nobody does anything about it.” – Randy Harrison
Besides Harrison, the cast of Cabaret features Andrea Goss as Sally Bowles, Shannon Cochran as Fraulein Schneider, Alison Ewing as Fraulein Kost, Mark Nelson as Herr Schultz, Ned Noyes as Ernst Ludwig and Lee Aaron Rosen as Clifford Bradshaw.