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Berlin, 1929. In the midst of a post-World War I economic depression, the rise of the Nazi Party sees its beginnings in this city, the epicenter of avant-garde culture. Into this world enters Clifford Bradshaw, a struggling American writer looking for inspiration for his next novel. 
On his first night in Berlin, Cliff wanders into the seedy Kit Kat Klub, overseen by a Master of Ceremonies who assures the audience that “in here, life is beautiful” and that all troubles will soon be forgotten. Cliff also meets Sally Bowles, a moderately talented performer and utterly lost soul. As time passes, the tumultuous lives of Berlin’s artists and expatriates changes from thrilling to chilling as Hitler grows in power.
Delivered with a distinctly Brechtian dose of provocation, Cabaret is a fierce, compelling musical that pushes the boundaries of the form. It is a cautionary tale for our age with an award-winning Kander and Ebb score featuring songs that have become classics of American musical theater.
The Cincinnati Music Theatre production of Cabaret opens Friday, Nov. 8, at the Jarson-Kaplan Theater in the Aronoff Center in downtown Cincinnati. Tickets are available in person at the Aronoff box office (650 Walnut Street), by phone at 513-621-ARTS (2787) or online right here.


CMT proudly announces the cast for its 2019 fall main stage production of Cabaret. The cast includes:

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CMT announces 2019-20 season

Cincinnati Music Theatre announces its 2019-20 season, including two full-scale musical productions in the Jarson-Kaplan Theater and three Studio Series productions in the intimate Fifth Third Bank Theater.

Producing a historic five-show season, CMT is excited to offer Cincinnati high quality musicals at an affordable price. From a classic movie musical to Tony-Award winning shows, to an original work created by one of our own, CMT continues to thrill audiences with popular musical theater and fabulous local talent, as well as delight them with new works.

The mainstage season features the Kander and Ebb classic Cabaret  November 8 to 16, 2019,  in the Jarson-Kaplan Theater. Skip Fenker directs. Singin’ in the Rain – based on the MGM film of the same name by Comden and Green – runs May 8 to 16 in the Jarson-Kaplan, directed by Dennis Murphy.

The Studio Series season features three shows, including Side By Side By Sondheim directed by Adam Drake (Sept. 6, 7, 13 and 14, 2019), Singables & Swingables: An Evening of Jazz, created and directed by CMT board member Marypat Carletti (Feb 14, 15, 21 and 22, 2020) and I Do! I Do! A Musical About Marriage (June 5, 6, 11 and 12, 2020) directed by Tom Peters. All Studio Series shows run in the Fifth Third Bank Theater at the Aronoff.

Season tickets go on sale Monday, April 15 and single tickets go on sale Saturday, June 3, at, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office.

One of Cincinnati’s oldest and most successful community theaters, CMT is proud of its long history of presenting popular, large scale, award-winning musicals to enthusiastic audiences from across the Greater Cincinnati area. Like us on Facebook at, and follow us on Instagram @cincinnatimusictheatre.

We are most proud to have performed in the JARSON KAPLAN THEATRE since the opening of the Aronoff in 1995.

We look forward to seeing you here!