A Golden-Age Star Is Reborn


Sacramento Theatre Company’s Cabaret Series is back for another year, with three unique shows coming to the stage November through April. The shows, at the theater company’s downtown stage, are cabaret style—that is, an intimate setting with a small audience enjoying drinks at candlelit tables while a cast of six sings and dances its way through two acts. The first show in this year’s series is “A Star Is Born,” a tribute to Judy Garland, with performances spanning Nov. 12–15. 

Garland, the American actress, singer and vaudevillian best known for her performances in classic movies like “The Wizard of Oz” and “Meet Me in St. Louis,” will be brought back to life on stage. Samuel Clein, the “musical guru” and music director of the show, wants viewers to come away from the cabaret not only with Garland’s songs stuck on repeat in their heads, but “with a little more compassion for everyone in our human family who may be facing their own inner turmoil.” 

“A Star Is Born” will celebrate Garland’s life through music and give the audience a closer look into the mind of a struggling young woman, hindered by her own insecurities. “Her life was difficult, but you can see her spirit shine through in her music. I think I can speak for most performers in saying that we are truly happiest when we are onstage, sharing our art with others,” Clein says in describing his passion for the show. “At the end of the day, I think it is important to recognize the beauty in all people, and to love one another as we love ourselves.” 

For tickets, visit sactheatre.org.