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 Jay Records, Alley Music Co. and Trio Music Co.
- Rehearsal Materials
- Brief History
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
1 Reed I (Clarinet, Alto Saxophone & optional Clarinet in A)
1 Reed II (Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone)
1 Synthesizer (primarily Accordion)
1 Guitar/Banjo (primarily Banjo)
Piano (Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material [2 volumes])
Optional Orchestra Parts
(played by actors, if possible, for certain numbers only)
1 Alto Saxophone
1 Tenor Saxophone & Clarinet
1 Trumpet II
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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Organization City, State First Performance Last Performance Ephrata Performing Arts Center EPHRATA, PA 10/16/2014 11/01/2014 Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre DES MOINES, IA 10/24/2014 11/02/2014 Gibbs High School ST. PETERSBURG, FL 10/28/2014 10/31/2014 Curtain Call Players BRAMPTON, ON 11/06/2014 11/15/2014 Florida State University TALLAHASSEE, FL 11/07/2014 11/16/2014 Brown University PROVIDENCE, RI 11/07/2014 11/10/2014 Nashoba Players WALTHAM, MA 11/14/2014 11/22/2014 Converse College SPARTANBURG, SC 11/19/2014 11/23/2014 Georgetown Globe Productions GEORGETOWN, ON 11/21/2014 11/29/2014 California State University/Fresno FRESNO, CA 12/05/2014 12/13/2014 Los Angeles Pierce College WOODLAND HILLS, CA 12/05/2014 12/14/2014 Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre WINNIPEG, MB 01/05/2015 01/31/2015 Peoria Players Theatre PEORIA, IL 02/06/2015 02/15/2015 The Laboratory Theater of Florida FORT MYERS, FL 02/06/2015 02/28/2015 Keyano College FORT MCMURRAY, AB 02/12/2015 02/21/2015 University of North Carolina/Greensboro GREENSBORO, NC 02/13/2015 02/22/2015 Fort Wayne Civic Theatre FORT WAYNE, IN 02/14/2015 03/01/2015 Hyde Park High School JOHANNESBURG 03/11/2015 03/14/2015 Creighton University OMAHA, NE 04/10/2015 04/19/2015 Mayfield Inn and Dinner Theatre EDMONTON, AB 04/14/2015 06/07/2015 University of Kentucky LEXINGTON, KY 04/16/2015 04/26/2015 Southside Theatre Guild Inc. FAIRBURN, GA 07/23/2015 08/09/2015 Pittsford Musicals, Inc. PITTSFORD, NY 10/17/2015 10/24/2015 The Welk Group ESCONDIDO, CA 11/20/2015 01/31/2016 Grand Opera House DUBUQUE, IA 11/27/2015 12/06/2015