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Ch. 20- CABARET

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CABARET

COMPOSER: John Kander

LYRICIST: Fred Ebb

BOOK: Joe Masteroff

SOURCE: Christopher Isherwood’s The Berlin Stories (1945)

DIRECTOR: Hal Prince

CHOREOGRAPHER: Ron Field

PRINCIPLE CAST: Bert Convy (Cliff), Joel Grey (Emcee), Jill Hayworth (Sally). Lotte Lenya (Schneider)

OPENING DATE: Nov 20, 1966

CLOSING DATE: Sep 06, 1969

PERFORMANCES: 1,165

SYNOPSIS: American Clifford Bradshaw takes up residence in pre-war Berlin. While there he becomes enamored with cabaret singer Sally Bowles, and her divine decadence. As the Nazi’s rise to power, Cliff wonders if he must flee Germany or take a stand against the Third Reich.

Harold Prince’s staging of Cabaret took audiences by surprise as it tossed aside all manner of theatrical conventions, reflecting the audience back at itself through a large mirror and challenging them with diegetic and nondiegetic song and dance routines. Taboo subject matter including queerness, sex, antisemitism, abortion, and the Holocaust came to the forefront of a Broadway musical for the first time. Bruce Kimmel explores the impact of the various elements that made Cabaret a seismic event. From the authentic performances of Lotte Lenya and Jill Haworth to the Weimar infused score of John Kander and Fred Ebb, as well as the star-making turn of Joel Grey, each element of this groundbreaking musical is explored to underline its collective power.

Bruce Kimmel is a legendary Grammy-nominated producer of theatre music on CD, having produced over 180 albums, including Broadway and off-Broadway cast albums, singers, and concept recordings. He is also an award-winning songwriter and the author of twenty-one books. He wrote, directed, and starred in the cult movie hit, The First Nudie Musical, and co-created the story for the hit film, The Faculty, directed by Robert Rodriguez. As an actor, Mr. Kimmel guest-starred on most of the long-running television shows of the 1970s.

SOURCES

Cabaret: The Illustrated Book and Lyrics by Joe Masteroff, published by Newmarket Press (1999)

Cabaret, Original Broadway Cast Recording. Columbia Masterworks (1966)

Cabaret, starring Joel Grey and Liza Minnelli, directed by Bob Fosse. Allied Artists Pictures (1972)

The Making Of Cabaret by Keith Garebian, published by Oxford University Press (2011)

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