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From Broadway to Bellingham

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Thanks to the miracle of flight, it’s possible to leave the Pacific Northwest in the morning and be across the country and on the streets of New York City by the end of the day. In fact, you could be watching a Broadway show by nightfall.

Another option is to reduce your carbon footprint and save many hundreds of dollars by procuring tickets to two big-name shows making their way to the Mount Baker Theatre in the near future. As part of the MBT’s current season, they’re bringing Broadway to your doorstep, and you won’t even have to cross into a different time zone to see (and hear) what all the fuss is about.

First on the roster is a Thurs., March 29 showing of A Chorus Line—also known as the sixth-longest-running Broadway show of all time. To make things even more meta, the action itself is set in one of the many professional theaters located in the famous performing arts district in midtown Manhattan. There, 17 Broadway hopefuls are auditioning for spots on a chorus line.

Via songs such as “I Can Do That,” “At the Ballet,” “What I Did for Love,” “Dance: Ten; Looks: Three,” and many more, ticket-holders get behind-the-scenes peeks at what drives these wannabe stars to succeed—not to mention what scares them, what turns them on, the details of their childhoods, and how they’ll handle it and move forward with their lives if they don’t make the cut.

Like the audience in A Chorus Line, those seated in the Mount Baker Theatre on Sun., April 8 for a one-night-only showing of Cabaret will also be part of the story when the lights come up and they discover they’re inside the infamous Kit Kat Klub.

Set in Berlin in 1931 as Adolf Hitler and the Nazis are gaining power, the musical revolves around the seedy nightclub’s English emcee—a lovely cabaret performer named Sally Bowles—and her troubled relationship with a young American writer named Cliff Bradshaw.

While the venue is meant to be a place for the citizens of the city to leave their troubles behind, the decadent celebrations happening on the regular at the Kit Kat Club can’t keep reality away forever. But even with the threat of World War II on the horizon, songs such as “Cabaret,” “Maybe This Time” and “Willkommen” point to carefree ignorance of the big-time threat just around the corner.

Plot twists abound, and if you haven’t brushed up on the particulars of the Broadway hit in a while, don’t bother searching the internet for hints. Instead, leave your troubles behind and settle in for some superb song-and-dance storytelling—no jet travel required.

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