July 6-21

Athenaeum Theatre

For me, “Cabaret” is the most anticipated Indy theater production of the summer. Why? Well, besides the great set of songs, memorable characters and compelling story in the ground-breaking show, director/producer Bob Harbin has cast Claire Wilcher in the lead. A dynamic local singer and actress with a powerful voice, Wilcher isn’t in the mold of Liza Minnelli, Jane Horrocks, Natasha Richardson or any of the other actresses who have put their indelible stamp on the central role of Sally Bowles. As such, I’m hoping for a brand new look at a great show. Ben Tebbe of “Avenue Q” and Paul D. Nicely of “Godspell” are also on hand to round out the leads. Note: In an unusual performance schedule, there is only one show on opening weekend. Details here.

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