Cabaret the Musical
Willkommen and Bienvenue to the decadent world of 1930s Berlin. Meet the girls of the seedy Kit Kat Club. Laugh and cry at the antics of Sally Bowles, the struggling singer and would-be gold digger who is constantly on the lookout for Mr Right. And most important of all, sit back and enjoy a score packed full of catchy tunes such as the title song and “Money”. Since its premiere in 1966, this bitter-sweet story of doomed romance and risqué goings-on set against the background of the rise of Fascism has become a firm favourite with fans and critics alike. So why not pick up some Cabaret Tickets at StubHub and come hear the music play?
From page to stage
Cabaret was based on John Van Druten's play I Am a Camera, which in turn was a stage adaption of Christopher Isherwood's novel Goodbye to Berlin. Originally published in 1939, this semi-autobiographical work describes a shy young Englishman's introduction to the fleshpots of Germany's capital and his friendship with the flighty but good-hearted Sally Bowles. The musical was written by John Kander and Frank Ebb, who also created the equally popular Chicago. While faithful to the comedy, pathos and political undertones of the novel, the stage version also introduces several striking innovations, such as the character of the Master of Ceremonies, or Emcee, who is at the centre of the Kit Cat Club's glittering stage show. Upon its premiere, the show went on to win seven Tony Awards and a Grammy for the cast album.
Any list of actors closely associated with the musical has to start with Joel Grey. He created the role of the Emcee in the original 1966 production and reprised in it several revivals, as well as performing it on-screen in Bob Fosse's classic 1972 movie version. Another actor to take on this key part very successfully is Alan Cumming (best known to audiences around the world for his role in the TV courtroom drama The Good Wife) in a production helmed by future Bond director Sam Mendes. Meanwhile, Judi Dench, Liza Minnelli, Sienna Miller, Emma Stone and Michelle Williams have all brought their talents to the role of the disaster-prone yet endearing Sally.
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