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22nd-27th September 2003

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Show handbillBook by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play I Am A Camera by John van Druten and The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Broadway production directed by Harold Prince

"Welcome" to the Cabaret sings the Emcee of the Kit Kat Club through painted lips, as the people of Berlin 1929 join him.

This is the infamous story of Sally Bowles, as most people will remember played in the film version by Liza Minelli. Adapted from themes explored in the book 'I am a Camera' the story follows the decadance of 30s Berlin during the nervous times at the start of the rise of the Nazi party. A time when choises had to be made as to whether to carry on in glorious oblivious indulgence, or wake up to the changes happening in the world.

Musical numbers include Meeskite and Why Should I Wake Up?, The Money Song, Wilkommen, Perfectly Marvelous, Sitting Pretty, Tomorrow Belongs to Me, Cabaret, Don't Tell Mama, It Couldn't Please Me More and Two Ladies.

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Song List

Act One

Willkommen
So What?
Don't Tell Mama
Telephone Song
Perfectly Marvelous
Two Ladies
It Couldn't Please Me More
Tomorrow Belongs To Me

Act Two

Entr'acte
Why Should I Wake Up?
The Money Song
Married
Meeskite
If You Could See Her
What Would You Do?
Cabaret
Finale


Synopsis

The scene is a sleazy nightclub in Berlin as the 20s are drawing to a close. Cliff Bradshaw, a young American writer, and Ernst Ludwig, a German, strike up a friendship on a train. Ernst gives Cliff an address in Berlin where he will find a room. Cliff takes this advice and Fraulein Schneider, a vivacious sixty-year old, lets him have a room very cheaply.

Cliff, at the Kit Kat Club, meets and English girl, Sally Bowles, who is working there as a singer and hostess. Next day, as Cliff is giving Ernst an English lesson, Sally arrives with all her luggage and moves in.

Ernst comes to ask Cliff to collect something for him from Paris; he will pay well for the service. Cliff knows that this will involve smuggling currency, but agrees to go. Ernst's fee will be useful now that Cliff and Sally are to be married. Fraulein Schneider and her admirer, a Jewish greengrocer named Herr Schultz, also decide to become engaged and a celebration party is held in Her Schultz shop. In the middle of the festivities Ernst arrives wearing a Nazi armband. Cliff realises that his Paris errand was on behalf of the Nazi party and refuses Ernst's payment, but Sally accepts it.

At Cliff's flat Sally gets ready to go back to work at the Kit Kat Klub. Cliff determines that they will leave for America but that evening he calls at the Klub and finds Sally there. He is furious, and when Ernst approaches him to perform another errand Cliff knocks him down. Sally sings her big number "Come to the Cabaret". Next morning Cliff is alone, packing to go home. Schultz comes into say he is moving to another part of Berlin. Sally arrives looking ill and without her fur coat; she has sold it to a doctor who has performed an abortion to get rid of her baby. She tells Cliff she is not going to America with him. Leaving Berlin on the train, Cliff recalls the events of his life there. The Master of Ceremonies reminds the audience that he promised that they would forget their troubles.


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