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"Cabaret" in 2024

Five smiling people wearing headphones sit at a table in a radio talk studio: A woman front left has dark hair in a ponytail and is wearing a brown shirt; a man front center has short dark hair and is wearing a green button-down shirt; a woman back left has dark hair in a ponytail and is wearing a pink shirt; a person back right has dark hair and is wearing a yellow top and is making two piece signs with their hands; a man at right has short dark hair and is wearing a blue button-down shirt
David Griffin
(foreground) Brynn Tyszka, Thomas Fleischman, (background) Mandi Lynn Griffith, and Stevie Burggraaf on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Tuesday, May 7, 2024

It’s one thing to stage a production like “Brigadoon” in 2024; it’s another to stage “Cabaret.”

Over the years, think pieces and reviews have analyzed "Cabaret's" political and cultural themes. From political disorder and uncertainty to social freedoms and artistic movements, our guests discuss the parallels between life during the setting of “Cabaret” in the Weimar Republic and today. We also preview a local production of the musical.

In studio:

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.