Cabaret

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 by English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally’s boardinghouse, 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.”

Cast/Characters

Master of Ceremonies (Emcee)
Sally Bowles
Clifford Bradshaw
Ernst Ludwig
Customs Official
(doubles as Herman, non-speaking; and Max, speaking)
Fräulein Schneider
Fräulein Kost
(doubles as Fritz, non-speaking)
Rudy (a sailor, non-speaking; doubles as Hans, also non-speaking)
Herr Schultz
Max
(doubles as Herman, non-speaking, and Customs Official, speaking)
Gorilla (non-speaking, doubles as French, also non-speaking)
Boy Soprano (pre-recorded, non-speaking)

The Kit Kat Girls:
Rosie (non-speaking)
Lulu (non-speaking)
Frenchie (non-speaking, doubles as Gorilla, also non-speaking)
Texas
Fritzie (non-speaking, doubles as Fräulein Kost, who speaks)
Helga

The Kit Kat Boys:
Bobby
Victor
Hans (non-speaking, doubles as Rudy, a sailor, also non-speaking)
Herman (non-speaking, doubles as Customs Official and Max, both speaking)

The 1998 Broadway production had a cast of 16 performers, plus pre-recorded Boy Soprano voice. Some doubling was employed in the minor parts, as outlined above.

Production Staff

Director: Robert Marra

Music Director: Thomas Pibal