By Lisa Petrillo

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The multi-Tony award-winning musical Cabaret is now playing in South Florida.

The musical premiered in 1966 in Broadway and it still stands as one of musical theater’s greatest triumphs.

At first glance, Cabaret is a celebration of the sexy, raunchy and happy party life of Berlin centered around the Kit Kat Club in 1929.

The musical – now on stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center – begins with the emcee telling you to leave your troubles outside but as the show goes on, the darkest part of history comes from the shadows, where bigotry reigns as the Nazis soon start to take over Berlin.

This production by the Roundabout Theatre Company was re-worked  by Directors Sam Mendes  and Rob Marshall.

Randy Harrison plays the emcee. Andrea Goss  plays performer Sally Bowles. Both credit the incredible music for making this story so timeless.

“It’s an incredible feeling. They are so well-known but they are so well-known because they are so brilliant. They stick in their heads and they bring out emotions,” said Goss.

“It’s always relevant. It’s about the most historical time period that  asks a timeless question – how does a civilized society allow a genocide to happen,” said Harrison.

Randy’s role as the host is all-encompassing. Alan Cummings won the Tony for this role on Broadway. This history and enormity of the part is not lost on Harrison who knocks it out of the ballpark in this production.

“It’s really amazing. It’s an honor to come and play this role that so many actors before have played. It’s a gift to any actor,” said Harrison.

As for the pint-sized Goss, this over-sized role fits her just perfectly.

“I think this role is the most incredible role to play,” said Goss.

The musical will leave you stunned and actually  breathless by the last scene. It’s a roller coaster ride of emotions that reminds you again we must never forget.

Cabaret will be on through April 17th.

Lisa Petrillo

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