Cabaret times two

Life will be a cabaret when the Maryland Arts Festival gets under way at Towson University this weekend with two shows - the 1966 musical Cabaret and an evening of cabaret singing called Broadway Bound.


Set in a decadent Berlin nightclub between World Wars, the Tony Award-winning Cabaret (score by John Kander and Fred Ebb, book by Joe Masteroff) begins performances tomorrow and stars Michael Stebbins as the emcee, Catherine Brookman as Sally Bowles and John Parry as her love interest, Clifford Bradshaw. Stage direction is by Gary Hiel, music direction by Mike DeVito and choreography by Paula Lynn.

On Saturday, director Hiel becomes one of six performers in Broadway Bound, which he also compiled and co-wrote with David Richardson and director Philip Collister. The show uses songs by such composers as George Gershwin, Jerry Herman, Cole Porter and Stephen Sondheim to tell a story about young performers trying to make it in New York.


"Cabaret" will be presented in Stephens Hall, 7900 York Road, at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and July 22, and 2 p.m. July 18, through July 24. Tickets are $23-$25. "Broadway Bound" will be presented in the Auburn House Pavilion, Auburn Drive off Osler Drive, at 7:30 p.m. July 10, 11 and 16-18. Tickets are $17. For more information on both shows, call 410-704-2787.

- J. Wynn Rousuck

'Tempest' at Evergreen

The meadow at Evergreen House will be transformed into an island as the al fresco setting for the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival's production of The Tempest, beginning tomorrow. Under the direction of Laura Hackman, Lewis Shaw stars as the magician Prospero, with Tara Garwood as his daughter, Miranda, and Binnie Ritchie Holum as the spirit Ariel.

Evergreen's grounds open for picnicking two hours before show time; theatergoers are encouraged to bring a blanket, cushion or folding chair.

Show times at Evergreen, 4545 N. Charles St., are 7 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays through July 25 and 10:30 a.m. July 22. Tickets are $20. Call 410-366-8596.