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Experience A New Generation Of Cabaret

You may not have seen Cabaret in ages, especially if the last recollection you have of the Tony and Oscar winner is of Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey wiggling around to “Money (Makes the World go Round).”  Granted, most movie adaptations of musicals are drastically different from the source material.  Still, it may surprise you to know that today’s Cabaret show is also a far cry from the Cabaret musical you remember of the 1960s and 1970s. 

The show playing now is based on a 1998 Broadway revival, which was based on the original show by the late Bob Fosse, John Kander and Fred Ebb.  (Which was based on Joe Masteroff’s book, which was based on John Van Druten’s “I Am a Camera” and Christopher Isherwood’s “The Berlin Stories”…that is one multi-adapted story!)

Sam Mendes directed the Broadway revival, shortly before receiving his directing Oscar for American Beauty.  Mendes’ production was co-directed by Rob Marshall, a musical veteran who also directed the film version of Fosse’s Chicago.  Mendes and Marshall’s interpretation of the story was a bit different from the original Fosse production. 

The Emcee character drastically changed in the revival, and became an overtly sexual creature (as opposed to Grey’s asexual and surreal interpretation) as imagined by Alan Cummings.  The dramatic “Tomorrow Belongs To Me” number was also changed, along with the concluding scene involving the Emcee.  We won’t give away the changes explicitly, but suffice it to say, this is a newer and grittier Cabaret than you remember.

The current version is directed by Joel Ferrell and is based on the revival version.  Your favorite songs are still part of the show, including “Mein Herr”, “Maybe This Time” and “Two Ladies.”  The new vision of Cabaret does contain partial nudity and adult themes, so it is recommended for mature audiences.  Reviews for the show have been positive, particularly for newcomer Joel Ferrell’s choreography, and has garnered praise from such high profile publications as the Dallas Morning News. 

Get your Cabaret tickets for this legendary American musical when it stops by your hometown. It’s never been friendlier in the “Kit Kat Club!”


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