Monday, March 16, 2009

Broadway Monday

Set in Berlin at the beginning of the Third Reich, on the eve of World War II, Cabaret contrasts the forced exuberance of a seedy nightclub performance with the sobering encroachment of the Nazi regime. The story follows the brief romance of an English cabaret performer and an American writer. Through the songs of the Cabaret's lecherous emcee, the audience witnesses the political changes taking place.
Broadway royalty Kander and Ebb created Cabaret which was derived from John Van Druten's play, I Am A Camera and debuted Nov 20, 1966, ran 1166 performances. Superb choreography was helmed by the fantastic Bob Fosse. Tony Awards showered the production with Best Musical, Actress, Actor, Composer, Costume, Choreography, and Direction. whew!
Not to be outdone, a successful second revival starring Alan Cumming as the emcee debuted Mar 19, 1998, played 2377 performances, and fetched Tonys for Best Revival, Actor Actress, and Featured Actor.
Cabaret also famously made it to the silver screen, directed by Fosse, further confirming it's success. The 1972 film version starred Broadway's original emcee Joel Grey and Liza Minelli as performer Sallie Bowles.The film deservedly won 8 Oscars for it's efforts.

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