Cabaret at the Merc Summer Series: A Trio of Broadway-Style Productions
Before the Old Town Temecula Community Theater began renovations earlier this year, the Barn Stage Company’s popular series, Cabaret at the Merc, brought Broadway-caliber musical entertainment to the 48-seat Mercantile Theater. Though the monthly show gives audiences a taste of musical numbers from popular genres and Broadway’s best, Cabaret at the Merc’s annual Summer Series stages full-scale productions of some of musical theater’s hottest shows. With a brand new venue, the 2015 Summer Series promises to be bigger and better than ever.
“We are so excited to have our very own space at the beautiful Truax Building, right in the heart of Old Town Temecula,” Co-Producer Jordan Beck said. “At roughly 4,000 square feet, we are able to accommodate more audience members than we had at The Merc, while still retaining the intimacy that made our shows so special last year. We can’t wait for our audiences to experience these fantastic productions in our new home.”
This year’s Summer Series kicks off on July 23rd with Jason Robert Brown’s The Last 5 Years.
“This is an emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years,” Beck said. “The show’s unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically. The two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.”
On August 20th, the Tony Award-Winning Urinetown: The Musical, comes to the Truax Building.
“In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets,” Beck said. “The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he’s had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom.”
For the finally installment of their musical trilogy, beginning September 17th, the Barn Stage Company brings back the hands-down favorite from last year’s Summer Series – Spring Awakening.
“With book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik, this show explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable,” Beck said. “We are thrilled to welcome back this blockbuster cast one more time. If you missed out on tickets last summer, now is your chance to see it.”
For Cabaret at the Merc’s Summer Series at the Truax Building, as well as their monthly themed shows at The Merc (returning in September), Beck and his partner, J. Scott Lapp invite only the finest performers with Broadway credentials to be part of their casts. It’s that level of talent that leads to the highest quality of musical theater entertainment in big cities like New York, let alone in our own backyard.
“Cabaret at The Merc has quickly become known for our highly professional productions and the incredible talent that performs on our stage and this summer is no exception,” Beck said. “We continue to raise the bar for ourselves with each of our productions and in our new space at the Truax Building, we are thrilled with the possibilities of having our very own space brings.”