Tony Award-winning Cabaret comes to The Mendel Center

Tuesday, 1 May 2018 - 7:00pm

Event:               Cabaret

When:               Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 7 pm

Where:             The Mendel Center Mainstage at Lake Michigan College

                        2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Mendel Center Box Office, (269) 927-8700, option 1, or

Tickets:             $45 - $85


Tony Award-winning Cabaret comes to The Mendel Center

BENTON HARBOR, MI – Based on Roundabout Theatre Company’s Tony Award®-winning production, Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall’s (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Cabaret comes to the The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College on Tuesday, May 1, at 7 pm.


This all-new production launched December 2017 in Worcester, Massachusetts, with tour direction by BT McNicholl (Spamalot), tour choreography by Jennifer Werner, and original costume design by William Ivey Long (Chicago, Cinderella). A company of twenty-one quadruple threat performers (actors, singers, dancers, and musicians) features Erik Schneider as the Emcee and Bailey McCall Thomas as Sally Bowles.


The audience will be welcomed to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles, and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd – and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous times?


The production features some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen,” and “Maybe This Time.” Leave your troubles outside – life is beautiful atCabaret -  John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Joe Masteroff’s Tony Award-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way. For more information, please visit


This production is intended for mature audiences.


Tickets for Cabaret are on sale at, through The Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-8700, option 1, and in person weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm at the box office located in The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor. Show ticket discounts are available for seniors, students and children, active military members, and veterans.


Groups of 10 or more receive show ticket discounts when orders are placed through The Mendel Center Box Office or online. Contact the box office about reserving private pre- and post-show party areas and transform your show experience into a school field trip, birthday party, or other celebration.


This performance of Cabaret is sponsored by The Boulevard Inn & Bistro and 22 WSBT. This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.


About The Mendel Center Mainstage: The 1,559-seat Mendel Center Mainstage Theatre offers state-of-the-art acoustics and comfortable seating in elegant surroundings. Other amenities include a new assistive listening system, free parking, handicap accessibility, and an array of special services including valet parking, catering and bar service for private pre- and post-show events, booster seats for children, non-spill cups for beverages inside the theatre, and premium seats in the Stage Side section.


The Mendel Center is 30 minutes from Niles and 40 minutes from the Kalamazoo and South Bend areas. It is located on the Lake Michigan College campus at 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan. The Mendel Center is one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). The GPS mapping address is 1100 Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.


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Cabaret Reviews


“Five stars! WILLKOMMEN HOME. A Broadway jewel returns in all its glittering glory.”

-Time Out New York


“Truly unmissable! Even if you saw it last time, you are strongly advised – no, URGED – to return.”

-USA Today



ERIK SCHNEIDER(Emcee). Graduate of the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point. This is Erik’s first professional tour. Much thanks to Karen Dunn, Quentin Bruno, and Melissa Southmayd. #cabarerik


BAILEY MCCALL THOMAS(Sally Bowles). Touring debut! Regional: Million Dollar Quartet (Dyanne), The Robber Bridegroom (Rosamund). CAP 21 grad. Thanks to HCA. Love to Austin and fam. Exodus 14:14.  @baileymccallthomas


AUDREY FEDERICI(Fräulein Schneider). Theater Highlights: Merry Go Round Playhouse’s Mary Poppins: Miss Andrew and Bird Woman, Joanne in Company (Irvington NY). Off Broadway: Mama (Mama and her Boys), Countess Marlena (Lili Marlene), Sylvia Smothers in Fabulous! Please visit:


FRED FRABOTTA(Herr Schultz) is a seasoned musical theater performer and graduate of the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He is elated to be a part of the APEX national tour.


RICHARD LAFLUER(Ernst Ludwig). National Tour: The Producers as Leo Bloom. Regional: Emmett in Legally Blond (7Angels Theatre), Oscar in Sweet Charity at Broward Stage Door, Valentine in Two Gentlemen of Verona at Shakespeare on the Shoreline. Love to my family, Christian Fletcher and my Anne Marie.


ADRIANA MILBRATH(Fräulein Kost/Fritzie). Favorite regional credits include Footloose, 1776, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Evil Dead: The Musical, and Spamalot. BFA Musical Theatre Point Park University.  @adrianagiselle


CARL PARISO(Clifford Bradshaw). Some of his past credits include King Arthur in Camelot, Eamon in Once, Prince Eric in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Matt in The Fantasticks and Bobby Strong in Urinetown. He thanks his friends and family for their support!


JOEL D. BAUMAN(Trumpet/Trombone/Swing). National tour debut! Joel is a New York City-based actor/musician. Regional credits include: Oliver, Peter Pan, Buddy Holly, Grease, and more! Thanks to Mom and Dad for their constant support!


KYRA CHRISTOPHER(Frenchie/Gorilla) is thrilled to be performing in her favorite show around the country!  Huge thanks to APEX, the creative team, CTG, MT17 and mom and dad! BFA: CCM. #tothemax


DIEGO DIAZ(Bobby/Ensemble) is trying to catch ‘em all. National Tours: Titanic, Wizard of Oz. NY: Foolerie (NYMF), Alley of Masks, Sing A Merry Madrigal.


ELIZABETH FLANAGAN(Helga/Sally Bowles understudy). National Tour: A Christmas Story. Regional: On the Town (Barrington Stage). Favorite roles: Frenchy (Grease), Maggie (A Chorus Line), Gloria (Damn Yankees). Thanks Mom and Dad!


ANYA GIBIAN(Texas/Violin/Viola). National Tour: Once; Off-Broadway: The Pirate La Dee Da, The Velveteen Rabbit (Atlantic Theater Company). BS from Cornell University.


ISAAC HAAS(Banjo/Cello/Swing) is an actor, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and graduate of CAP21 Conservatory; Touring: Once (Andrej); Off-Broadway: Peace Love and Cupcakes


CHRISTOPHER HALEY(Victor/Cliff understudy). This is Christopher’s professional debut. He would like to thank his parents for their unconditional love and support. Thanks and Gig ‘em.


EMILY IDE(Swing/Saxophones/Clarinet/Fräulein Schneider understudy) is thrilled to be a part of Cabaret. NYU Tisch/CAP21 grad. Love to all of my family and friends, especially Mom and Dad. @anideofmarch


MATTHEW JANISSE(Max/Saxophones/Mr. Schultz and Mr. Ludwig understudy) is excited to be touring again! Previous credits: Mamma Mia, The Farewell Tour, The Last Five Years, Into the Woods, Shrek the Musical and Carousel. Love to mom, dad, Andrew and Carolyn!


STACI JO JOHNSTON(Lulu). Louisiana Purchase, Fade Out Fade In (Musicals Tonight!), Day by Day- A One Woman Show, Thoroughly Modern Millie, I Never Saw Another Butterfly (R.J. Reynolds Playhouse).


KARI NELSON(Rosie). National tour debut! Proud graduate of CAP 21 Conservatory. Love and thanks to my parents, APEX, and many inspiring teachers who made this dream come true.


MATTHEW OVERBERG(Violin/Viola/Clarinet/Saxophones/Ensemble Swing) is thrilled to be making his United States debut. Recent credits include The King and I (Australia) and Royal Caribbean International. BFA- Dance Performance. Sending love to my family friends, and husband Ryan Overberg! @dearmatt


CONOR SCHULZ(Rudy/Hans/Clarinet/Emcee understudy). Select credits: In the Heights (Hangar Theatre), Ben, Virginia, and Me (NYMF), Grease, Spring Awakening.  Love to all! Education: Syracuse/James Madison


ANNE MARIE SNYDER(Swing/Dance Captain/Clarinet/Kost understudy) is thrilled to be touring again! National Tours: The Producers, The Wizard of Oz. Regional: White Christmas (The Fulton); The Producers and Hairspray (Flat Rock). Much love to my family, friends, Gregg Baker, and my Richard. Thanks, mom, for making me learn to play clarinet.  @annemarizzle



JOE MASTEROFF(Book). Born in 1919 in Philadelphia, he had only one dream from infancy: to write for the theatre. After the essential lonely childhood and four-year stint in the Air Force, he came to New York to face his future: book writer or book seller? Luckily, luck intervened. Before long he had three shows on Broadway bearing his name: The Warm Peninsula starring Julie Harris, and two musicals She Loves Me and Cabaret, for which he was the book writer. Thanks to indulgent parents, the New Dramatists, Hal Prince and many others, he is now retired and living in subdued luxury.


JOHN KANDER(Music) & FRED EBB (Lyrics). The Kander & Ebb collaboration of four decades created many Broadway standards and contemporary classics. Their first collaboration, “My Coloring Book,” became a hit song for Barbra Streisand, earning John and Fred a Grammy nomination. Kander & Ebb’s first Broadway show in 1965, Flora the Red Menace, produced by Hal Prince, directed by George Abbott and introducing a rising new star: Liza Minnelli. Followed by Cabaret (Tony Award music and lyrics), The Happy Time, Zorba, 70, Girls, 70, Chicago, The Act, Woman of the Year (Tony Award music and lyrics), The Rink, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award music and lyrics) and Steel Pier. Along with movies and television writing original material for the Academy Awards, “Liza with a Z” and HBO’s Liza Minnelli’s “Steppin’ Out” (both Emmy winners), “Baryshnikov on Broadway,” “Goldie and Liza Together,” Funny Lady, Lucky Lady, New York, New York, Steppin’ Out, and Chicago the movie. In 1985, the song “New York, New York” became the official anthem of New York City. At the time of Mr. Ebb’s death in 2004, Kander & Ebb had several projects in different stages of completion including the Tony-nominated Curtains in 2007, 12-time Tony-nominated The Scottsboro Boys in 2010, All About Us (an adaptation of The Skin of our Teeth) and The Visit premiering at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago followed by the Signature Theatre in Fairfax, VA and nominated for five Tony’s including best score in 2015, all starring Chita Rivera. Mr. Kander is currently collaborating with author/playwright Greg Pierce on The Landing andKid Victorywhich debuted at the Signature Theatre and The Vineyard Theatre.


SAM MENDES(Original Director) founded and ran the Donmar Warehouse in London for ten years. He has directed many productions at the Donmar, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway. He founded the transatlantic theatre company The Bridge Project for whom he directed five productions that toured the world. In addition, he has directed several movies including the Academy Award winning American Beauty and the James Bond movies Skyfall and Spectre. He has won many awards for his work on stage and screen, including the Tony, the Olivier, the Directors Guild Award, the Shakespeare Prize, the BAFTA, the Golden Globe and the Academy Award. He was awarded the CBE in 2000 and the Directors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.


ROB MARSHALL(Original Co-Director & Choreographer). Broadway: Cabaret, Little Me, Kiss of the Spider Woman, She Loves Me, Damn Yankees, Victor/Victoria, A Funny Thing...Forum, and Company. For his stage work, Marshall has earned six Tony nominations, the Outer Critics Award, the Jason Robards Award, and the George Abbott Award. Film:  Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha, Nine, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Into the Woods. Marshall’s films have been nominated for 26 Academy Awards and have won nine, including Best Picture. For his film work, he has received the DGA Award, an Oscar nomination, National Board of Review Award, New York Film Critics Award, three Golden Globe nominations, a BAFTA nomination and an American Choreography Award. TV: “Tony Bennett: An American Classic,” “Annie,” “Cinderella,” “Mrs. Santa Claus.” For his TV work, Marshall has received four Emmy Awards, the DGA Award and the American Choreography Award.


BT McNICHOLL(Director) won the Australian “Tony” (the Helpmann) for Best Direction (along with Messrs. Mendes and Marshall) for Cabaret, which he also staged in record-setting runs in Paris and Madrid. McNicholl was the protégé of the legendary Mike Nichols, and has been associated with directors Stephen Daldry, James Lapine, David Hare and Jerry Zaks on twelve Broadway shows. He directed Spamalot at the Hollywood Bowl, the European premiere of The Producers for Mel Brooks and the regional premiere of Billy Elliot (Moss Hart Award). A BMI-Award winning lyricist, his credits include the critically-acclaimed musical The It Girl.  He serves as the Producing Artistic Director of La Mirada Theatre in the L.A. area.


MARINE JULIEN(Assistant Director). After a training in Paris with director Frederic Baptiste, Marine Julien assisted BT McNicholl for Cabaret in Northport, Long Island and in Paris at the Marigny Theater. She also worked on the following shows: Cabaret Jaune Citron (Stéphane Ly Cuong-Christine Kandel), Edges (Pasek & Paul), The Last Five Years (Jason Robert Brown). Marine was involved in the French production of Beauty and the Beast directed by Glenn Casale. She became Resident Director of the show Timeo in Paris with the director Alex Goude and assisted on the casting of Bodyguard, the Musical and Dirty Dancing with Rabah Aliouane. She is thrilled to be part of the Cabaret team again and thanks her parents and sisters for their support. Live and let live.


JENNIFER WERNER(Choreographer) is the Associate Director of the Tony Award winning The Book of Mormon Broadway, US National Tour, West End, Australia. Also, The Most Happy Fella, Follies (City Center/Encores!), and Robin and the 7 Hoods (Old Globe).  Director: Spamalot and The Little Mermaid (NC Theatre).  Director/Choreographer:  Spamalot, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change—Sharon Playhouse. Jennifer’s diverse body of work as a choreographer includes The Black Suits (CTG/LA), NFL national commercials; ABC’s Upfronts, As Long as We Both Shall Laugh (Roundabout); Drama League Awards, My Fair Lady (Ogunquit); Phantom (NC Theatre); A Wonderful Life (Engeman), and numerous regional/international productions of Cabaret.  New work Off-Broadway: Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova), The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks (Lucille Lortel), ReWrite (Urban Stages), and Things to Ruin (Second Stage). Upcoming projects include Associate Directing Dreamgirls, Broadway.



PRATHER TOURING(Producer). Past national tours include Footloose, The Wedding Singer, BLAST, Fiddler on the Roof, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Memphis, Million Dollar Quartet, and most recently the Tony Award-winning musical,Pippin. William T. Prather is the Executive Producer of Prather Touring and is a second-generation theatre producer following in the footsteps of his parents, Tom and Debbie Prather who produced live theatre for over 50 years. He is a graduate of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and returned to the family business in 1993 after spending a couple of years in the corporate world. As Executive Producer of Prather Productions, he produces more than 32 shows each year in their regional theatres in Pennsylvania and Florida.


APEX TOURING(Producer). Highlighting their second national tour season with the tours of Wizard of Oz and Cabaret. APEX has been created to serve the ever-expanding need for high quality, Broadway caliber touring productions across America. Relying on the steady producing skills of its affiliates, APEX looks forward to many years of producing Broadway’s brightest new shows.



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