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Oregon Cabaret Theatre announces its 2014 lineup of musicals

Oregon Cabaret Theatre, a professional stage company known for its entertaining musicals presented in a nightclub setting with dinner, desserts, beverages and brunch matinees, has announced it 29th season.

"Double Trouble" opens Feb. 7 and runs through March 30. Written and originally performed by Bob and Jim Walton, it's a story of two singing, dancing and songwriting brothers. The characters play 10 different larger-than-life roles in this send-up of 1940s Hollywood.

The Marvelous Wonderettes return in "Caps & Gowns," opening April 11 and running through May 25. Missy, Cindy Lou, Betty Jean and Suzi are back in the new, third show of their series with a new cavalcade of rockin' pop songs from the '50s and '60s.

The music of Fats Waller is showcased in a swinging, high-energy revue, "Ain't Misbehavin'," opening June 6 and running through Aug. 31. The joint will be jumping as the cast and band capture the soul of 1930s Harlem.

"Backwards in High Heels" is a biographical musical tribute to dancer Ginger Rogers, who was once quoted that she did everything Fred Astaire did — but backwards. This show takes a close look at Rogers' life and career while bursting with classic songs and stunning dance numbers, including lots of tap. The show opens Sept. 12 and runs through Nov. 9.

Oregon Cabaret Theatre's 2014 holiday production will be a new version of one of the most popular holiday stories of all time. "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" opens Nov. 21 and runs through Dec. 31. The cabaret's stage will become a 1940s radio station's studio as audiences see the classic movie re-enacted as a live radio broadcast, complete with sound effects and piano accompaniment.

The Cabaret's menu offers a delectable array of appetizers, entrees, brunch items, beers, wines, soft drinks and desserts. Reservations are required for dinner or brunch, and food is not included in the ticket price. Dinner reservations are not necessary for appetizers, desserts and beverages.

Money-saving season subscriptions are available and are a bigger bargain than ever. An Anytime Subscription costs $145 and includes all five shows. A Weeknight Subscription costs $132 for all five shows and the Matinee Subscription costs $125 for all five shows. Flex-passes cost $90 and include any three shows.

Tickets, season subscriptions, flex-passes and gift certificates can be purchased at the Cabaret's box office at First and Hargadine streets, by calling 541-488-2902 or online at www.oregoncabaret.com.

Ticket prices range from $33 to $39, $19 for previews and $20 or $21 for bistro seating.

The theater also offers a 20 percent discount for groups of 10 or more, as well as discounted group dining packages.

The Marvelous Wonderettes put a spin on a '60s pop song in Oregon Cabaret Theatre's 2012 production of 'Winter Wonderettes.' - Photo courtesy of Tom Lavine