The Cabaret is playing at Niagara'-on-the-Lake's famous Shaw Festival.
Welcome to the Kit Kat Klub, the hottest nightclub in Berlin. American Cliff Bradshaw has just arrived in town. When he meets nightclub singer Sally bowles, his life is turned upside down- just as the world is about to turn upside down, with Hitler on the rise in Weimer Germany. Another couple – Fraulein Schnieder, Cliff’s landlady, and Herr Schultz, a Jewish grocer-must face the music, while the Emcee invites Cliff and Sally to forget the world around them. Hailed as a rare musical that both challenges and entertains, it premiered on Broadway in 1966 and ran for over 1100 performances, winning numerous Tony Awards including Best Musical.
This justly celebrated musical is a perfect fit for The Shaw, combining as it does a book with real emotional and political heft and a brilliant score. Led by Peter Hinton, whose Lady Windmere’s Fanwas universally hailed last season, we are sure to be in for a fascinating new spin on this provocative tale. –JM
Cabaret is recommended for ages 15+