Cabaret is a Broadway musical production uniquely inspired from a book written by Christopher Isherwood, the show is accompanied with lyrics by Fred Ebb and music by John Kander. Back in the year 1966, the Broadway musical took a hit on stage by their very inspiring productions in New York City and London.
The ‘Cabaret’ is coming from a John Van Druten’s 1951 play I Am a Camera, which was taken out from a short novel written by Christopher Isherwood entitled Goodbye to Berlin (1939). The novel Goodbye to Berlin revolves its story about the nightlife in the seedy Kit Kat Club and a 19-year old English Cabaret performer named Sally Bowles and her affair with the young American writer named Cliff Bradshaw. A subordinate plot of the story tells about a doomed romance in between the boarding house owner Fraulein Schneider and her older suitor Herr Schultz, who happens to be a Jewish fruit vendor.
The onstage musical version of the novel was a dramatic play followed by different songs describing the Berlin ambiance from several points of views. On the latter part, after they had distributed the songs in between scenes, the composers realized that the story could possibly be told in a form of a more traditional book musical, the composers then changed some of the songs and replaced it with more related tunes to the plot.
The musical numbers of the play have two acts, Act I and Act II, featuring various songs, including the Wilkommen, So What?, Telephone Song, Don’t Tell Mama, Mein Herr, Telephone Dance, Married, What Would You Do?, I Don’t Care Much, If You Could See Her and more.
The musical production ‘Cabaret’ feature characters originally taken out of the book, this includes The Emcee, Sally Bowles, Clifford ‘Cliff’ Bradshaw, Fraulein Schneider, Herr Schultz, Ernst Ludwig, Rosie, Lulu, Frenchie, Texas, Fritzie, Helga, Bobby, Victor, Herman, Hans, Nazi Youth, Sailors number 1 and number 2, Nazi Guard and Max.