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CABARET

Book by Joe Masteroff. Music by John Kander.  Lyrics by Fred Ebb.

Directed by Janet Strzelec

April 2-4, 2020 / 7:30 p.m.

In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920s 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 by English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fra╠łulein 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.” Cabaret was adapted for film in 1972, pushing it into the mainstream. Directed by Bob Fosse, the film starred Broadway legends Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey, as well as Michael York and Helmut Griem.

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