Presented by Cincinnati Music Theatre
Book by JOSEPF MASTEROFF, based on the play by JOHN VAN DRUTEN and stories by CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD, music by JOHN KANDER, lyrics by FRED EBB
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, 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. These contrasting relationships are played out against the backdrop of the Nazis’ rise to power. The award-winning score includes such classics as ‘Willkommen’, ‘Don’t Tell Mama’, ‘Maybe This Time’, and the title song.