Oregon Cabaret Theater announces 2022 season – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News

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Arthur Hanket and Katrina Ferguson in the North Coast Repertory Theater production of “Moon Over Buffalo” in Solana Beach, California. Photo by Aaron Rumley via KenLudwig.com

The Oregon Cabaret Theater has announced its 37th season, including an expansion to a sixth show in 2022, “White Christmas,” which will be performed at the Thomas Theater at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

The Cabaret‘s first show of the 2022 season, “Moon Over Buffalo”, is an on-stage prank of comic book mastermind Ken Ludwig, author of the theatrical hits “Lend Me a Tenor”, “Leading Ladies” and “Baskerville”. In the show, declining stars of the 1950s George and Charlotte Hay perform “Private Lives” and “Cyrano De Bergerac” performing in Buffalo, New York, with five actors. On the verge of a disastrous breakup caused by George’s flirtation with a young ingenuous, they learn that they might just have one last chance to become a star: Frank Capra comes to town to see their matinee, and if he likes it. he sees, he could throw them in his remake of “The Scarlet Pimpernel”. Sadly, for George and Charlotte, anything that could go wrong goes wrong, encouraged by the visit of their daughter’s ignorant fiancé and the uncertainty as to which play they are actually performing. “Moon Over Buffalo” opens February 10 and runs until April 10, 2022.

The Cabaret Spring Show will be the 2008 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, “In the Heights”. Before “Hamilton,” Broadway prodigy Lin-Manuel Miranda created this musical set in a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the local bodega’s coffee is light and sweet, windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s set in a community on the brink of change, and its main characters grapple with what they’ll take with them and what they’ll leave behind. “In the Heights” will be played from April 21 to June 19.

Playing from June 30 to September 4, the Cabaret offers a musical that it had initially promised to the public in 2020 – “The Full Monty”. While spying on their wives on a “girls’ night out,” a group of unemployed Buffalo steelworkers see how women enjoy watching strippers. Jealous, out of work, and feeling emasculated, the men find a daring, stripped-down way to make a quick buck – a strip show of their own. Based on the hit film of the same name, “The Full Monty,” was nominated for 10 Tony Award nominees when it arrived on Broadway in 2002.

The fourth show of the season will be the world premiere adaptation, “Sherlock Holmes and the Final Adventure”. Sherlock Holmes’ skills are put to the test when he takes on his intellectual equal, the criminal mastermind, Professor Moriarty. After repeated attempts against his life, Holmes is joined by his recently married friend Dr Watson and the two attempt to thwart the professor’s plans on a continent-wide theatrical adventure that takes audiences to the safety of the Holmes’ apartment at 221B Baker Street in the heights of Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland. “Sherlock Holmes and the Final Adventure” will run from September 15 to November 6.

The holiday show that will be performed in the Cabaret will be “A Christmas Carol”, which will run from November 17th to December 31st. Charles Dickens’ famous holiday ghost story is a haunting tale of that fateful Christmas Eve where grumpy miser Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by his former business partner, Jacob Marley. Scrooge is told to expect three spirits to haunt him – the Christmas spirits past, present, and future – destined to put Ebenezer on the unlikely path of redemption.

In addition to the five shows slated for production at the Cabaret, the company is producing a sixth show, “White Christmas,” which will be presented at the Thomas Theater at OSF from December 1 to January 1, 2023. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song and dance number after WWII. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters on their way to their Christmas show at a lodge in Vermont, which happens to be owned by former army commander Bob and Phil, who is in desperate need of help with his struggling lodge. . Irving Berlin’s score features well-known standards including “Blue Skies”, “I Love A Piano”, “How Deep Is the Ocean” and the perennial favorite, “White Christmas”.

“The Cabaret and the OSF are excited to make Ashland a destination during the holiday season,” said OCT General Manager Rick Robinson. “Our small town, seasonally lit up is magical this time of year, and now with three professional shows happening at the same time here during the holidays, people can come to town and have their fill of laughs with it. “It’s Christmas, Carol ‘at OSF, the delicious music of’ White Christmas ‘produced by the Cabaret at the Thomas Theater of OSF, and the classic redemption story of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Cabaret – all of it. in a weekend. It’s our combined hope that more theater means more tourists – and more people in Ashland’s shops and restaurants.

“Our theme for our 2022 season is to dream big,” says artistic director Valérie Rachelle. “The realities of post-COVID reconstruction suggest that we are sticking with smaller stories and smaller distributions, but that’s not really who we are. We want to do amazing things next year, things you wouldn’t think possible.

The ticket booth located at the corner of First and Hargadine streets in Ashland is currently closed to walk-in traffic due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, tickets and more information on current shows and 2022 programming are available online at oregoncabaret.com or by calling 541-488-2902.


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