Cabaret (Revised 1987)


The scene is 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. His songs provide wry commentary throughout the show. On the train to Berlin we find Cliff, a young American writer, and Ernst, a German who surprises Cliff by putting his briefcase among Cliff’s luggage at the German border. History is in the process of being made. Musical numbers include It Couldn’t Please Me More, Willkommen, Cabaret, Don’t Go, The Money Song and Two Ladies. We find Cliff on the train again, now leaving Berlin alone. He writes about Sally and the people of Berlin leading up to the Third Reich. It has been a tumultuous and heartbreaking era.

*Music samples courtesy of Jay Records, Alley Music Co. and Trio Music Co.

  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Rehearsal Materials
  • Cast List
  • 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 and Flexible Combo (Flexbo)

    Full Orchestration

    1 Reed I: Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Eb Clarinet (or Bb Clarinet), Soprano Saxophone & Alto Saxophone
    1 Reed II: Flute (or Clarinet), Piccolo (or Clarinet), Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone & Alto Saxophone
    1 Reed III: Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone & Tenor Saxophone
    1 Reed IV: Bassoon (or Bass Clarinet), Clarinet & Baritone Saxophone
    1 Reed V: Oboe & English Horn

    1 Horn
    1 Trumpet I & II (1st doubling Flugelhorn)
    1 Trombone I (Tenor, doubling Baritone or Euphonium)
    1 Trombone II (Bass)

    1 Percussion:

    Bass Drum, Snare Drum, 2 Tom-toms, Floor Tom, High Bongo, Hi-Hat, Suspended Cymbals (Small, Chinese, Top, Crash, Ride), Cowbell, 2 Wood Blocks, 2 Temple Blocks, Timpani (2 drums), Bells, Xylophone, Triangle, Ratchet, Bird Whistle & Siren Whistle

    1 Guitar/Banjo
    1 Synthesizer: Registrations for Accordion, Celeste, String Pad, Harp, Pipe Organ, Pedal Steel Guitar (with various pitch wheel settings) & optional Cash Register SFX
    1 Piano

    3 Violin I & II (3 stands)
    1 Viola (1 stand)
    1 Cello (1 stand)
    1 Bass

    1 Stage Band Tenor Saxophone [cued in Reed III part]
    1 Stage Band Trombone [cued in Trombone I part]
    1 Stage Band Piano (doubling Accordion) [cued in Piano and Synthesizer parts, respectively]
    1 Stage Band Percussion [cued in Percussion part]: Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Tom-tom, Hi-Hat, Suspended Cymbal, Cowbell & Wood Block

    Flexible Combo (Flexbo) Instrumentation

    The Flexbo is the best way to have the advantage of orchestral writing while using a smaller ensemble. The foundation of a Broadway orchestration is the rhythm section: Piano, Bass and Drums. The remainder of the orchestra — woodwinds, brass and strings — are the “melodic” parts added to provide richness, depth and tonal color. The number of players required for these added parts may be as few as nine and more often twenty to twenty-five. The four Flexbo parts, A, B, C and D, contain the essential musical lines heard from the “melodic” instruments in the full orchestration. While the best results will be achieved using all four Flexbo parts, they have been cued so that even fewer of them can be used.

    1 Flexbo A: Trumpet, doubling Flugelhorn
    1 Flexbo B: Alto Saxophone, Clarinet & optional Flute
    1 Flexbo C: Tenor Saxophone & Clarinet
    1 Flexbo D: Trombone with optional Bass trigger

    1 Percussion:

    Bass Drum, Snare Drum, 2 To-toms, Floor Tom, High Bongo, Hi-Hat, Suspended Cymbals (Small, Chinese, Top, Crash, Ride), Cowbell, 2 Wood Blocks, 2 Temple Blocks, Timpani (2 drums), Bells, Xylophone, Triangle, Ratchet, Bird Whistle & Siren Whistle

    1 Guitar/Banjo
    1 Synthesizer: Registrations for Accordion, Celeste, String Pad, Harp, Pipe Organ, Pedal Steel Guitar (with various pitch wheel settings) & optional Cash Register SFX
    1 Piano (playing from the Piano-Conductor’s Score)
    1 Bass

    The Flexbo arrangement has been designed to sound complete when played by Piano only, or with the addition of one to eight players. The Piano is essential and must use the Piano-Conductor’s Score.

    Parts A, B, C and D must be added in alphabetical order. (Part B may not be used without Part A, etc.)

    The rhythm section players may be added to the Piano in any sequence, although Bass and one Percussion (on trap set) are more valuable than the three remaining parts: the Guitar, the Synthesizer and the second Percussion (on mallet instruments).

    All Stage Band music is included in the following parts:

    Stage Band Tenor Saxophone [cued in Flexbo B]
    Stage Band Trombone [cued in Flexbo A]
    Stage Band Piano (doubling Accordion): Piano-Conductor’s Score [Accordion also cued in Synthesizer part]
    Stage Band Percussion [cued in Percussion part]

  • 1      Piano Conductor’s Score
    1      Prompt Book – For the director
    10    Prompt Books – For the cast
    33    Chorus-Vocal Parts

  • Principals

    (3 female; 3 male)

    Master of Ceremonies (Emcee) — the host at the Kit Kat Klub
    Clifford Bradshaw — an American novelist
    Fräulein Schneider — a landlady who rents rooms in her large flat
    Herr Schultz — one of Frl. Schneider’s roomers and the propritor of a fruit shop
    Fräulein Kost — another of Frl. Schneider’s roomers. Earns a living by offering favors to sailors
    Sally Bowles — a British cabaret winger at the Kit Kat Klub


    Ernst Ludwig — a friendly and limkeable German
    Telephone Girl — also Lady #1 in “Two Ladies” and Klub Girl #1 in “Telephone Dance”
    Customs Officer — also Maitre D’ at the Kit Kat Klub
    Two Ladies — #1 also Telephone Girl; #2 also Klub Girl #4
    Maitre D‘ — also Customs Officer
    Max — Sally’s jealous Klub acquaintance. Non-speaking ensemble dancer
    Kissing Couple — He: also Second Sailor. She: also Lady #2 in “Two Ladies”
    3 German Sailors — ensemble dancers. Second and Third Sailors are non-speaking
    5 Kit Kat Klub Girls — ensemble singers. Girl #4 is also Lady #2 in “Two Ladies”
    5 Klub Waiters — ensemble singers
    Bobby — ensemble dancer
    Victor — ensemble dancer
    Assistant Customs Officer — non-speaking
    Taxi Man — non-speaking
    Gorilla — non-speaking
    2 Nazi Guards — non-speaking
    Girl Orchestra (Stage Band) — tenor saxophone, trombone, drums and piano/accordion

    Company SATB singers and dancers, Klub Patrons and Fruit Shop Guests.

    The original Broadway production had a cast of 27 performers, including chorus. Some doubling was employed in the minor parts, as outlined above.

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