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NJYT Announces Opening Day and Ticket Sales for 'Cabaret'


 Did you miss your chance to see “Cabaret” on Broadway? Or just need to see it one more time? From July 17 to 26, the Westminster Arts Center in Bloomfield will host NJYT's production of the classic Kander and Ebb musical about cabaret performers in pre-war Berlin. 

With a cast that mixes Broadway veterans and some of the area's most talented newcomers, "Cabaret" is expected to be a highlight of the summer theater season in the New Jersey and tri-state area.

Tickets are on sale now and available at or by calling 800-838-3006.  Tickets are $36 for adults and $32 for senior citizens. Wheelchair-access tickets are $29. Student tickets are $15 in advance and $23 at the door.

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Performances of "Cabaret" at the Westminster Arts Center will be held at 8:00PM p.m. on Friday, July 17, and Saturday July 18, and  at 8:00 on Thursday through Saturday, July 23, 24 and 25. Sunday matinees will be held on July 19 and 26, both at 3:00PM..

The Westminster Arts Center is located at Bloomfield College, 449 Franklin Street, in  Bloomfield, N.J., an area that offers great pre-show dining opportunities. There is a nearby parking lot on Austin Place and ample street parking on Fremont Street.

The show stars Danielle Valencia as cabaret singer Sally Bowles. Valencia recently starred in “The Spitfire Grill” at the Barn Theatre in Montville. Michael Zimmerman, an NJYT alum from “Kiss Me, Kate” and “Rent,” stars in “Cabaret” as the Emcee, the role made famous most recently by Broadway star Alan Cumming.

The role of Fraulein Schneider is played by Broadway veteran Cynthia Meryl, who was an original cast member in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of the musical “Nine.”  Meryl, who is also is directing the show, is the founder of New Jersey Youth Theater (NJYT), a nonprofit theatre company with a long history of producing top-quality summer musicals and straight plays.

Another key role, that of the Jewish fruit vendor Herr Schultz, is played by Peter Skolnik, an NJ actor and director in his own right, and President of the New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers  for the Arts.

Entering its 24th year, NJYT has always focused on providing professional theatre arts education for young actors, musicians and technicians. The decision to cast more experienced actors in some of the roles in “Cabaret” is an extension of that mission.

“When NJYT presented 'West Side Story' in 2003, we needed to bring in some professional musicians to play the Leonard Bernstein score.  To our delight, they ended up mentoring the young musicians in the pit. That’s what we’re doing with ‘Cabaret.' The cast is learning from us, about rehearsal protocol, character development, being off book and knowing your material.  Most importantly, they’re seeing how Peter and I are immediately ‘in the moment.’ I’m watching the young actors’ level of professionalism grow,” said Cynthia Meryl.  

“It’s enormously satisfying to see how talented these kids are and to see how interested they are in learning their craft and becoming truly professional,” said Skolnik.

“Cabaret” is made possible in part by the generous support of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; the Lillian Pitkin Schenck Fund; the Edelman Foundation; and the Westfield Foundation.

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