Music by John Kander and Lyrics by Fred Eb
Directed by Dr. Robert Vrtis
Choreographed by Jane Hawley
Center for the Arts: Jewel Theatre
November 15-23, 2013
Cabaret is a contemporary musical based on the 1951 play "I Am a Camera" by John Van Druten adapted from the 1939 novel, "Goodbye to Berlin" by Christopher Isherwood. Cabaret premiered on Broadway in 1966 with revivals in 1987, 1998, and 2014.
Set in 1930 as the Nazis are rising to power, an aspiring American writer named Cliff Bradshaw travels to Berlin in search of inspiration and happens upon nineteen-year-old English performer, Sally Bowles at a cabaret called the Kit Kat Klub. Sally ends up moving in with Cliff in a boarding house run by German Fräulein Schneider and her suitor, Herr Schultz, a Jewish fruit-shop owner. The Kit Kat Klub serves as a metaphor for the threatened state of late Weimar Germany and eventual disarray as the Nazis grow stronger.