WEST SIDE STORY at Flat Rock Playhouse

July 17, 2020

Marilyn will be starring in West Side Story as Maria this upcoming summer.

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day Manhattan as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence, and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching musical dramas of our time. The score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim are widely regarded as among the best ever written.

JULY 17 - AUG. 15

Wednesdays and Thursdays 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Fridays 8:00 PM

Saturdays and Sundays 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Sundays 2:00 PM


Flat Rock Playhouse Leiman Mainstage

2661 Greenville Hwy Flat Rock, NC 28731

CABARET - Reviews

August 10, 2018

"Marilyn Caserta, who plays the part of Sally, delivers a stunning performance. Her stage presence is nothing less than world class. She is a truly vivacious talent, and could reprise the role on Broadway."

- Coral Gables the Magazine

"Caserta makes a fascinating Sally, a role she played for Area Stage in its student production six years ago. Visually, she looks like a kewpie doll with shining needy eyes and effusive energy. Emotionally, Caserta bravely tracks Sally’s arc from carefree cluelessness to deterioration into tortured denial. Her initial numbers are performed with undiluted joy of someone who savors the status of being the headliner at a popular club, totally ignorant that her talent is limited and the venue is tawdry. Caserta’s clarion voice belts 'Don’t Tell Mama,' and her 'Mein Herr' scorches the auditorium walls...Working with Rodaz and Duerr, she delivers the title number precisely as it should be: an agonized cry of someone desperately trying to block out the truth, not some jubilant celebration as so many pop renditions have criminally twisted it into. During the course of the song, Caserta morphs from writhing in the vise of encroaching truths to a fierce affirmation of what she knows is a doomed choice."

- Bill Hirschman, Florida Theatre On Stage

"Caserta, who started as an Area Stage Conservatory student and is now an Equity actor based in New York, is the performer who shines brightest in this 'Cabaret.' She belts with the best of ‘em on 'Mein Herr,' 'Maybe This Time' and the title song. She dances up a storm (the fine choreography is by Rebecca Ashton, who also plays one of the Kit Kat Girls), and she conveys Sally’s appeal, her nearly unsinkable optimism and her considerable flaws."


- Christine Dolen, The Miami Herald



"While the singing is strong, we must single out Marilyn Caserta, who plays unpredictable cabaret performer Sally Bowles. Her rendition of the title song is superb. She understands what this song is about...As she sings the show-stopping song, Caserta looks teary-eyed. Nevertheless, she forces a smile while beckoning us to 'come to the cabaret.' As the song progresses, her self-confidence grows. Clear defiance creeps into Caserta’s voice as she proclaims, 'I Love a Cabaret.'"

- Aaron Krause, MiamiArtZine


November 15, 2018

Marilyn recently returned to Radio City Music Hall for a third season, as Mrs. Claus in the 2019 Christmas Spectacular.

The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes is an annual musical holiday stage show presented at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The 90-minute show features more than 140 performers and an original musical score, and combines singing, dancing, and humor with traditional scenes. The star performers are the women's precision dance troupe the Rockettes. Since the first version was presented in 1933, the show has become a New York Christmas tradition.

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