You probably have a friend who, whenever you start singing a song, asks “Who sings that song?” You tell them the singer’s name and they quickly respond, “Then why don’t you let them sing it.” Your friend thinks it’s cute, but if you’re like us, you think it’s obnoxious.
Unfortunately, you’ll need to heed your friend’s snarky advice when you attend a production of Cabaret. With classic songs like "Willkommen," "Cabaret” and “Maybe This Time” you’ll be dying to sing along.
That’s fine if you’re listening to the soundtrack in the car, or at home, but not so hot when you’re sitting in a theatre with a bunch of Cabaret ticket holders. They probably want to hear the professionals on stage sing those classic tunes.
By the way, those classic tunes were written by legendary team of John Kander and Fred Ebb.
What Is Cabaret About?
Cabaret is set in 1931 in Berlin, Germany. More specifically, a nightclub called the Kit Kat Club. The rise of the Nazi party plays a major role in both Cabaret’s plot and themes.
The musical tells the story of the relationship between 19-year-old Cabaret singer, Sally Bowles, and young American writer, Cliff Bradshaw. There’s a subplot of another doom relationship between a German boarding house owner and a Jewish fruit vendor.
Is The Current Cabaret The Same As The Original Cabaret?
The answer to that question is yes and no. The original Cabaret debuted on Broadway in 1966 and on the West End two years later. Between the two countries there have been seven Cabaret revivals.
All the revivals have been a little different, but the show really changed during Sam Mendes 1993 London production. Among other things, Mendes sexualized the Emcee, used a recording of "Tomorrow Belongs To Me" by a boy instead of having it sung live by a male choir, and added references to Nazi concentration camps in the finale.
Subsequent productions of Cabaret, including touring productions, fall somewhere between the original Broadway show and Mendes’ version. The score has also changed over the years in large part to two songs written especially for the 1972 film.
Who’s Starred In Cabaret?
It’s easier to list the prominent actors and actresses that haven’t starred in Cabaret. The original production starred Joel Grey, Jill Haworth, Bert Convy, Lotte Lenya, Jack Gilford, and Edward Winter.
Other notables that have appeared in Cabaret include Judi Dench, Alan Cumming, Teri Hatcher, Molly Ringwald, Brooke Shields, Neil Patrick Harris, John Stamos, Hal Linden, Mariette Hartley, Michelle Williams, and Emma Stone.
Is Cabaret A Family Friendly Show?
No. The show is quite risqué. It’s not as adult as The Book of Mormon but it’s up there.