Cygnet Theatre

| July 5, 2022 | 0 Comments

“Cabaret,”theeight-time Tony Award-winning musical runs from Wednesday, July 13 through Sunday, August 21 at Cygnet Theater, located at 4040 Twiggs Street in San Diego Old Town Historic State Park, and features music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and book by Joe Masteroff and is directed by Cygnet’s Artistic Director, Sean Murray. 

“Cabaret” depicts the interlocking stories of a cabaret singer, an American writer and the denizens of Berlin, all caught up in the swirling maelstrom of a changing society. In the seamy, sleazy Kit Kat Klub, on the eve of Hitler’s rise to power, almost anything – including love – is possible. This dark, daring and provocative musical was winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Composer and Lyricist. Based on “The Berlin Stories” by Christopher Isherwood.

The show features Karson St. John returning to her role as emcee, for which she won a San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award in 2011 (Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical). Coming full circle for St. John who took a hiatus from acting shortly after playing the Emcee in 2011, reprising this role marks her return to the stage after nearly a decade.

Murray, who also received a San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award in 2011 for “Cabaret” (Outstanding Direction of a Musical), said “‘Cabaret’ is the innovative 1966 inspiration for all concept musicals. Through several revivals it has adapted and morphed over the years and remained a visceral warning as to the subtleties and dangers of rising extremism. Famous for its brilliant score, it is both entertaining and thought-provoking, qualities Cygnet values in the plays we choose for our audience. I have returned to this show again and again over the years and each time it reveals new insights and perspectives. I truly love this musical.”

The talented cast features Wil Bethmann as Cliff, Marc Caro as Victor, Megan Carmitchel as Sally Bowles, Trevor Cruse as Bobby, Luke H. Jacobs as Max, Jasmine January as Fräulein Kost, Linda Libby as Fräulein Schnieder, Gerry Tonella as Ernst Ludwig, Eddie Yaroch as Herr Schultz. The Kit Kat girls are Allen Lucky Weaver, Alyssa Anne Auston, Alyssa Junious, Carolyn Lupin, and Tamara Rodriguez.

The design team includes musical direction by Patrick Marion, choreography by Katie Banville, lighting design by Amanda Zieve, sound design by Evan Eason, costume design by Zoë Trautmann, wig and makeup design by Peter Herman and properties design by Rachel Hengst. The set is based on original designs by Sean Fanning and brought to life by Associate Scenic Designer Mathys Herbert. The stage manager is Matthew Bantock.

Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased in person at the box office by calling 619-337-1525 or by visiting

All patrons must adhere to Cygnet Theatre’s Health and Safety protocol. Well-fitting masks are required indoors. Polices are subject to change.

Karson St. John returns to the role as emcee of “Cabaret.”

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