Cabaret | casting of 18 September 2019

Musical comedy in 2 acts

Written by Joe Masteroff based on the play "Ich bin eine Kamera" by John van Druten and short novels by Christopher Isherwood
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Music by John Kander
In Chris Walker's reduced orchestral version
Original Broadway Production directed by Harold Prince
Rights| Felix Bloch Erben GmbH & Co KG, Berlin

In the mid-1960s, an almost unknown lyricist and composer contacted Bob Fosse to set up a Broadway musical. The famous choreographer was not interested in the project, which fell to Harold Prince. The musical Cabaret was launched on Broadway in 1966.

Cabaret is adapted from a play "Ich bin eine Kamera" by John von Drutten, which is itself taken from Christopher Isherwood's book "Berlin stories". It is based on the first part of this book, which tells the story of the relationship between Isherwood (Cliff in the musical) and Sally Bowles, a young singer from a somewhat underground cabaret in the Berlin of the Twenties (1919 - 1929). They live with Fräulein Schneider, a landlady who has owned a house too big for her since she was widowed.

Other guests rent a room in her house, the grocer Schultz, Fräulein Kost and Ernst Ludwig, a long-time friend of Fräulein Schneider and a regular guest. As a parallel to life in the house, the cabaret in which Sally works sets the rhythm of the story and shows how the great freedom of that time will soon be replaced by the Third Reich.

Casting of 18 September 2019 to see in pictures

Art Direction | Marcin Habela
Musical Direction | Christophe Fossemalle
French adaptation, direction, scenography and choreography | Daniel Esteve

Orchestre the Hautes écoles de musique de Genève et de Lausanne
Singers from the Hautes écoles de musique de Genève et de Lausanne, the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana, the Opernstudio of the Hochschule der Künste Bern and the Accademia Teatro Dimitri

With the collaboration of the Centre de musique électroacoustique de la Haute école de musique de Genève

A production of the Haute école de musique de Genève in collaboration with the Haute école de musique de Lausanne, the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana, the Opernstudio de la Hochschule der Künste Bern, the Accademia Teatro Dimitri and the Théâtre du Galpon.

With the support of the HES-SO Haute école spécialisée de Suisse occidentale, the City of Geneva, the Canton of Geneva, the Yvonne Sigg Foundation and the Loterie Romande.

THE EMCEE | Pollinge Manual
SALLY BOWLES | Sally 1: Julia Deit-Ferrand, Sally 2: Roxanne Choux
CLIFFORD BRADSHAW | Baptiste Jondeau
FRAULEIN SCHNEIDER | Soumaya Hallak
HERR SCHULTZ | Bastien Combe
FRAULEIN KOST | Claudine Charnay
ERNST LUDWIG | Serge Freytag
KIT-KAT GIRLS | Maxence Billiemaz, Katell Dupin, Elise Gueroult, Ekaterina Ostroumova, Callia Roulland, Zoé Vauconsant
MAMA | Laura Stella
PRISONERS | Pierre Arpin, Ettore Chiummo, Liga Liedskalnina, Valérie Pellegrini, Nuno Santos
GUARDS AND MARINE | Giovanni Baraglia, Clemente Hernandez