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Paul Capsis as Emcee. Photo: John Mcrae

One of the world’s most beloved and tantalising musicals is set to capture audiences all over again as David Hawkins’ new Australian production of Cabaret launches the Hayes Theatre’s 2017 season.

The iconic Paul Capsis (Resident Alien) takes the reigns as the Emcee, in the role of a lifetime. He is joined by a star-studded cast including Kate Fitzpatrick (Fräulein Schneider), Debora Krizak (Fräulein Kost) and Chelsea Gibb as Sally Bowles.

Speaking after her castling, Gibb said: “If someone were to offer me a pick of any role, out of all the roles in musical theatre, Sally Bowles has always been my answer. It’s literally my biggest career dream coming true, that I’m getting to play her!”

Set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are beginning to rise to power, the Kander and Ebb musical takes place in the seedy nightlife of the Kit Kat Club. Young American writer Cliff Bradshaw’s (Jason Kos) relationship with English cabaret performer Sally Bowles takes centre stage.

In addition to its memorable songs and legendary characters, Cabaret carries an overwhelming message that if we do not learn from the darkest parts of history we are doomed to repeat it. A timely message, considering that after the political and cultural blows of 2016, many hope the silver lining will be amazing art and music created in its wake.

What better time than the present to come to the cabaret? Don’t miss the musical everyone will be talking about. (AM)

Jan 9–Mar 5, varied performance times. Hayes Theatre Co, 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point. From $55. Tickets & info:

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