In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920's draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee's bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin's natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken with English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally's boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish. Musical numbers include "Willkommen," "Cabaret," "Don't Tell Mama" and "Two Ladies."
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NOTE: Two Broadway versions of this show (1966 and 1987) are
available for licensing. Though both follow the same story and share
most songs, there are some differences in the script and score:
- Only this Original 1966 version includes “Why Should I Wake Up?” and “Meeskite.”
- Only the Revised 1987 version includes “Don’t Go,” “The Money Song” and “I Don’t Care Much.”
two versions differ in their treatment of the character of Cliff: In
this Original 1966 version, there is no suggestion that he may be gay or
bisexual. In the Revised 1987 version, his bisexuality is more strongly implied.
versions include “Willkommen,” “So What,” “Don’t Tell Mama,” “Perfectly
Marvelous,” “Two Ladies,” “It Couldn’t Please Me More (The Pineapple
Song),” “Tomorrow Belongs to Me,” “Married,” “If You Could See Her,”
“The Telephone Song,” “Sitting Pretty” and “Cabaret.”