Award Winning Musical, Cabaret, which is based upon John Van Druten's play called "I Am a Camera" and on Joe Masteroff's book; mainly revolves around the lead role of the play which is of a Cabaret performer Sally Bowles who is 19 years of age and her relationship with Cliff Bradshaw, who is a young American writer. The musical is set in Berlin during the time when Nazi's under the leadership of Adolf Hitler were rising to power, which was from 1929 to 1930. However the musical depicts mostly the nightlife at the Kit Kat Klub.
The original Broadway production of the Cabaret opened on November 20, 1966 at Broadhurst Theatre after its 21 previews. Back then Lead role of Sally was played by Jill Haworth; however, later the role was given to Anita Gillette. After completing its 1165 performances on Broadway productions after two years, the musical opened at West End Productions on February 28, 1968 at the Palace Theatre. At the Palace Theatre the lead role of Sally was played by Judi Dench.
Musical's immense popularity led to the release of a movie titled "Cabaret" which was loosely based on the plot of the musical. The movie was released in 1972 and was directed by Bob Fosse. The cast members included Liza Minnelli who played the lead role of Sally while rest of the cast members included Michael York and Joel Grey. One aspect in which the movie was different from the musical was that it didn't contain as much musical numbers as the musical did. In fact the movie utilized only few of the musical tracks that were used in the musical and included the new ones, in the place of those, which were eliminated from the movie. Anyhow, the movie was a major hit and was nominated for 10 Oscars. Out of these 10 the movie was able to triumph 8 of them. Apart from the Academy Awards movie also won 7 BAFTA awards.
The musical after its West End Production had its revival in London in 1986 at the Strand Theatre in which Kelly Hunter played the lead role. A year later Musical's first Broadway Revival opened on October 22, 1987 at the Imperial Theatre starring Alyson Reed as Sally and Gregg Edelman as the Cliff. Other cast members also included Regina Resnik and Werner Klemperer.
The musical had its second revival in London in 1993 when it was opened at the Donmar Warehouse, which was directed by Sam Mendes. Later in 1998 Donmar Warehouse production was transferred back to Broadway, where musical had it second Revival at Broadway as it opened on March 19, 1998 at the Kit Kat Klub (Formerly known as the Henry Miller's Theatre). The musical was co directed by the director from Donmar Warehouse Productions, Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall. The musical was honored as the Third Longest Running Revival in Broadway Musical History as it completed its 2377 performances. Later in 1998, the musical was transferred from Kit Kat Klub to Studio 54. Initially the cast of the musical included Natasha Richardson as Sally, John Benjamin as Cliff, Alan Cumming as Emcee, Ron Rifkin as Herr Schultz, and Mary Louise Wilson as Fraulein Schneider. Alan Cumming also won Theatre World Award in 1998. The cast of the musical kept on changing during its performances.
Cabaret had its third revival in London in 2006 as the Musical opened at the Lyric Theatre. The cast of the musical included Anna Maxwell who played the lead role of Sally, while role of Emcee was portrayed by James Dreyfus, Harriet Thorpe played the role of Fraulein Kost and Sheila Hancock was Fraulein Schneider. During its run the cast was changed a number of times. According to the schedule the production closed by the end of June 2008.
The Musical Kicks in as the 1930's Cabaret named Kit Kat Klub is portrayed, which is situtated in Berlin, Germany. As the musical sets in the Neon Sign saying Cabaret lightens up and the Emcee of the Klub, welcomes all the audiences, along with his cabaret girls and waiters. After the welcome the musical takes the audiences to the scene of a downtown Train Station where a young American writer named Clifford Bradshaw arrives to Berlin from America with aspirations of finding a sound inspiration for his upcoming novel. While on the train he meets a local resident, Ernst Ludwig, who offers him a job and also reccomends him an accomodation.
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