Cabaret (1998 Version)


The scene is the Kit Kat Klub, a night club in Berlin, as the 1920′s are drawing to a close. The Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience to the show and assures them that, whatever their troubles, they will forget them at the Cabaret. The entire orchestra is onstage, and the actors play along with it when they are not part of the dialogue. Cliff, a young American writer, meets Ernst, a German who surprises Cliff by putting his briefcase among Cliff’s luggage at the German border. Musical numbers include Willkommen, Cabaret, Mein Herr, Maybe This Time, The Money Song and Two Ladies. When we revisit the Klub at the end, much is changed, and show ends with a stark foreshadowing of things to come: The Emcee strips off his overcoat to reveal a concentration camp prisoner’s uniform marked with a yellow Star of David and a pink triangle, and the backdrop raises to reveal an electric fence.

*Music samples courtesy of Masterworks Broadway, Alley Music Co. and Trio Music Co.

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  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Rehearsal Materials
  • Brief History
  • Upcoming
  • Book by Joe Masteroff
    Based on the play by John Van Druten and Stories by Christopher Isherwood
    Music by John Kander
    Lyrics by Fred Ebb

  • Full Orchestration

    1 Reed I (Clarinet, Alto Saxophone & optional Clarinet in A)
    1 Reed II (Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone)

    1 Trumpet
    1 Trombone

    1 Synthesizer (primarily Accordion)
    1 Guitar/Banjo (primarily Banjo)
    1 Bass
    1 Drums

    Piano (Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material [2 volumes])

    Optional Orchestra Parts

    (played by actors, if possible, for certain numbers only)

    1 Violin
    1 Viola
    1 Cello

    1 Alto Saxophone
    1 Tenor Saxophone & Clarinet
    1 Clarinet
    1 Flute

    1 Trumpet II
    1 Tuba

    1 Accordion
    1 Harp

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score (Two Volume Set)
    1       Prompt Book
    32     Chorus-Vocal Parts
    17     Prompt Books

  • This revival of CABARET opened on Broadway at the Kit Kat Klub, March 19, 1998. It soon moved to Studio 54 and played for a total of 2,377 performances starring Alan Cumming as the Master of Ceremonies and Natasha Richardson as Sally Bowles.

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