Cabaret

Welcome to the Cabaret sings the Emcee of the Kit Kat Club through painted lips, as the people of Berlin 1929 join him. Three Broadway versions of this show (1967, 1987, 1998) follow the same story and share most songs. Musical numbers exclusively in the Original 1967 version include Meeskite and Why Should I Wake Up? Numbers only in the Revised 1987 version include I Don’t Care Much, Don’t Go and The Money Song. All three versions include Willkommen, Perfectly Marvelous, Tomorrow Belongs to Me, Cabaret, Don’t Tell Mama, It Couldn’t Please Me More and Two Ladies.
Heading for Berlin in a railway compartment is Clifford Bradshaw, a young impoverished American writer who has been roaming Europe in an increasingly frantic search for the inspiration for novel number two. He is joined by Ernst Ludwig, an attractive young Berliner who appears to be in the smuggling business. When Cliff inadvertently helps him, Ernst gratefully gives him the name of a likely rooming-house in Berlin.
It is Fraulein Schneider’s house. She rents Cliff a room for half its usual price. She shrugs her shoulders. She’s lived through so much-nothing is that important-So What?
Cliff takes out his typewriter. But it’s New Year’s Eve. Ernst has mentioned a cabaret called the Kit Kat Klub. At the moment it seems much more inviting than the typewriter.
The Kit Kat Klub is a cross-section of Berlin night-life: thronged with fat, middle-class Germans-prostitutes-homosexuals-the flotsam and jetsam of a doomed city.
As Cliff enters the Emcee introduces Sally Bowles, a young English girl. As Sally sings Don’t Tell Mama, it becomes apparent that her voice is not the main reason for her employment. Max, the club owner, keeps looking at her in a proprietary fashion. But Sally is looking at Cliff.
Sally arranges to meet Cliff. He invites her home, but she refuses-explaining that “Max is most terribly jealous.”
The next day Sally suddenly appears in Cliff’s room with her baggage. Max has thrown her out. Can she stay with Cliff? Cliff finally agrees-Perfectly Marvelous.
The Emcee and two frauleins indicate that everybody in Berlin lives with somebody-Two Ladies.
Fraulein Schneider is being courted by Herr Schultz, a widower who lives in her house. He is Jewish and the owner of a fruit shop, from which he brings her a costly pineapple-It Couldn’t Please Me More.
Months pass. Cliff is getting nowhere with his novel-but enjoying life with Sally-Why Should I Wake Up? But Sally is pregnant. Cliff is upset-then happy. Ernst arrives to offer him a job smuggling a briefcase into Germany. Needing the money, Cliff accepts.
Everyone in Berlin earns money in strange, illegal ways-the Emcee announces in The Money Song.
Fraulein Kost, a prostitute, discovers that her landlady, Fraulein Schneider, is having an affair with Herr Schultz. Herr Schultz announces they are to be married in three weeks-Married. Sally arranges an engagement party at the fruit shop.
Cliff arrives at the party with the smuggled suitcase. He hesitantly gives it to Ernst, who wears a swastika arm-band. Herr Schultz, rather drunk, sings a Yiddish-type song, Meeskite. Ernst decides to leave, but Fraulein Kost lures him back by singing a Nazi song Tomorrow Belongs to Me. When all the guests join in exultantly, the party suddenly turns sour.
The Emcee and Kit Kat Girls do a Rockette routine which turns into a goose-step.
Fraulein Schneider breaks her engagement to Herr Schultz. She is afraid the Nazis will come to power-What Would You Do?
The Emcee echoes her predicament. He’s in love with a female gorilla-If You Could See Her.
Cliff decides to take Sally home to America. Berlin is not going to be any place to raise a family. But Sally refuses. She loves Berlin and her life there-Cabaret.
They have a savage argument. Sally disappears-returning the next day. She’s had an abortion. Heartbroken, Cliff prepares to leave alone-secretly hoping she will join him in Paris. But Sally informs him she’s always hated Paris. Cliff sadly closes the door behind him.
In the train Cliff begins to write about Sally and the people of Berlin as, in his memory, they surround the compartment-singing, dancing, living on the toboggan that led to the Third Reich.

Cast/Characters

Master of Ceremonies – Joe Dellger

Cliff Bradshaw – Marc Stiehr

Ernst Ludwig – Allen Stessman

Fraulein Schneider – Karin Schreiber

Fraulein Kost – Vicki Holzwart

Herr Schultz – Ken Bailey

Sally Bowles – Marjory Grube

Custom Officer – Dennis Combs

Felix – Mike Scahill

Kit Kat Girls – Peggy Beaumont, Jan Kilton, Sharon Leider, Deb Schlehlein, Judy Uselding, Patrice Wahlen,

Sailors – Steve Anderson, Jim Bickerstaff, Mark Fleck,

Taxi Man – Mike Kuehn

Kit Kat Kittens – Laura Hocevar- drums, Cindy Miller-piano, Diane Prietzel- trombone, June Raeder- saxaphone

Two Ladies – Jean Deltgen,Marilyn Zimmermann

Max – Pete Bachmann

Bartender – Bob Stroh

A Good Friend – Steve Anderson

Entertainers, Patrons, Guests – Bob Arenz, Keith Bowden, Bob Gieseke, Mary Koene, Heidi Lutter, Marion Panke, Verena Rohde,Dottie Rolli, Carla Ross, Carlene Scott, Terri Stoelb, Cathy Vorel

Production Staff

Director/ Designer: James Loeffler

Musical Director: Robert Donald

Vocal Music Director: Barbara Pragalz

Dances & Cabaret Numbers by: BobBerger

Stage Manager: Lin Hendee

Assistant to Director: Pal Scahill

Rehearsal Pianist: Barbara Pragalz, Michelle Buteyn

Costume Design: Pat VonRautenkranz

Light Design: Don Zastrow

Sound Design: Carter VonRautenkranz

Properties: Karin Schreiber

Co-Chairman: Betty Segor

Make-Up Design: Arliss Schramm

Co-Chairman: Gloria Resnick

Cover Art: Roger Lahm

Production Photographer: Paul Henning, Infinite Eye Studio

Orchestra

Flute: Diane Borchardt

Clarinet: Vicki Huber, Jayne Palm, Barb Dion, Sue Blindauer,

Alto Sax: Vicki Huber, Sherri Olson

Tenor Sax: Heidi Lukich

Baritone Sax: Jane Borchardt

Bassoon: Alice Lutze

Trumpets: Mike Moegenburg,Wayne Wildman

French Horn: Kathy McCabe

Violin: Dave LaViolette, Chris Constance, Tim Dekker, Dan Ognavic,

Viola: Heidi Schultz

Cello: Diane Berge

String Bass: Steve Dekker

Percussion: Steve Connell

Piano: Barbara Pragalz