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 The Globe-Gazette
Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
February 27, 2016

Mason City native takes the stage in "Cabaret'
by Courtney Fiorini

DES MOINES — A Mason City native will take the stage at the Des Moines Civic Center in the national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical “Cabaret.” This will be Alison Ewing’s second time in the show.

“I play the oldest dancer in the show, Fräulein Kost,” she said.

Ewing was also in the 1998 Broadway, first national and Paris productions.

“I did ‘Cabaret’ years ago when I was in NYC in the same production,” Ewing said. “At that time I played Lulu, one of the youngest dancers in the play, so I’ve come full circle.”

She has always wanted to play Kost.

“It’s a fun character to play,” she said.

The play takes place in pre-World War II Germany, and is set in the infamous Kit Kat Klub.

“It’s really exciting to come back to Iowa and be able to have friends and family come to the show,” she said.

Ewing said she has high school friends who are making the drive from Mason City to Des Moines.

“Nothing like Iowa people to come and support the arts,” Ewing said. “I hope we don’t have a late snow.”

Ewing has performed in other productions such as Tanya in “Mamma Mia!” on Broadway and in Las Vegas and the on national tour, and Tess in the “Flashdance” national tour, among others.

As part of its 50th anniversary season, the Roundabout Theatre Co.’s national tour of “Cabaret” will perform at the Des Moines Civic Center from March 1 through March 6.

“Cabaret” features original Broadway direction by Sam Mendes and original co-direction and choreography by Rob Marshall.

For the national tour, Randy Harrison will play the Emcee and Andrea Goss will be Sally Bowles.

Roundabout Theatre’s production of “Cabaret” first opened on Broadway on March 19, 1998, starring Alan Cumming and Natasha Richardson. The production won four Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.

“Cabaret” continued on Broadway for six years — 2,378 performances — before finishing its run Jan. 4, 2004. The show returned to Broadway and Studio 54 in March 2014 through March 2015.

Photograph courtesy of Globe Gazette
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2016

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