“Cabaret” opened to a full house Saturday night as Light Opera Works brought the 1966 Broadway musical to the Cahn Auditorium stage in Evanston.

The production stars Light Opera’s artistic director Rudy Hogenmiller as the emcee at the Kit Kat Klub, a Berlin night club around 1930 where patrons party the night away trying to ignore the signs of impending doom as the Nazis rise to power.

Top: Rudy Hogenmiller as the Emcee and the Kit Kat Klub dancers. Above: Jenny Lamb plays the British cabaret singer Sally Bowles who falls in love with aspiring American novelist Cliff Bradshw, played by David Schlumpf. (Photos by Jasmin Shah.)

The lush production, directed by Stacey Flaster, features a 25-piece orchestra conducted by Roger Bingaman.

Jim Heatherly, as Herr Schultz, tells a story at his engagement party in his fruit shop.

Cabaret runs through Aug. 25, with evening performances at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and matinees at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays. Tickets can be ordered online.

Did you see the show? Add your review in the comments.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Saw it!

    Attended the Sunday matinee. A great performance, especially by Rudy Hogenmiller as the emcee. He is the artistic director of the company and I this is his first time on stage with the company. Absolutely great! As artistic director, his shows have won rave reviews. Now that he has turned in such a spectacular performance on stage, it may be hard to keep him behind the scenes.    Definitely a PG or R rated show but well worth it.

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