Oregon Cabaret Theatre announces 2018 season

The Oregon Cabaret Theatre opens its 33rd season with 'Million Dollar Quartet," the Tony Award-winning musical set on Dec. 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brings Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever.

"Million Dollar Quartet" brings that legendary December night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and hit songs such as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Walk the Line,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Hound Dog” and “Great Balls of Fire.” It runs from Feb. 8 to April 15.

The Cabaret’s spring show, "Once," is a beautiful tribute to love that nearly swept the Tony Awards in 2012, winning Best Musical and seven other awards. A truly original theatrical experience featuring a full ensemble of 12 that all play their own instruments onstage, "Once" tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. It features the hit songs “Falling Slowly,” “If You Want Me” and “When Your Mind’s Made Up.” The Cabaret is one of the first intimate theaters to be given the rights to do this new musical, says Artistic Director Valerie Rachelle. "Once" plays from April 26 to July 1.

Opening mid-summer, OCT presents "Avenue Q." Winner of the Tony "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book in 2004, this unique show is filled with gut-busting adult humor and a delightfully catchy score — not to mention puppets. A recent college grad named Princeton moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that, although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Performances are set from July 12 to Sept. 9.

OCT’s fall show, "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," comes from the mind of funnyman Steve Martin. This long running Off-Broadway absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his Theory of Relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism. In Martin’s first comedy for the stage, the popular actor and screenwriter plays fast and loose with fact, fame, and fortune as these two geniuses muse on the century's achievements and prospects as well as other fanciful topics with infectious dizziness. It runs from Sept. 20 to Nov. 11.

The Cabaret will finish its season with the holiday comedy "Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)." Instead of performing Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, a small company of actors decides to perform every Christmas story ever told — including truncated versions of Christmas stories such as "Frosty the Snowman," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," and "A Gift of the Magi." This madcap holiday tour-de-force also includes stories about strange Christmas traditions from around the world, topical pop culture references, and, of course, every carol ever sung. It runs from Nov, 20 to Dec. 31.

“Our 33rd season takes us on a journey from an epic evening of music on one fateful Nashville night in 1954, to Dublin, Ireland, and to Avenue Q," says Rachelle "Love, laughter, live music and even puppets will grace the Cabaret stage in 2018. We want our audience smiling ear to ear after every show, inspired by what they experience in our theater.”

For more information on ticket pricing, theater subscriptions and 2018 special events, including Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and New Year's Eve specials, see www.oregoncabaret.com. The box office is located at First and Hargadine streets in Ashland. Call 541 488-2902 for ticket inquires, or order online at the theater's website. OCT also offers fine dining featuring a full menu of starters, dinners, brunches, beer, wine, beverages and desserts. Reservations are required for dinner or brunch. Food and beverages are not included in the ticket price. No reservations are necessary for starters, desserts, or beverages.

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