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Cabaret‘Cabaret’ at The Shaw Theatre:music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb

Performed by City Academy’s Tuesday Company
19th July, 2014
Oh Fatherland, Fatherland, show us the sign.
Your children have waited to see!
The morning will come when the world is mine!
Tomorrow belongs to ME!’

I have a habit of beginning my reviews of musicals with the caveat that I don’t generally go out of my way to watch them, but ‘Cabaret’ is an exception, and of course, doing the parental duty of seeing my daughter and her City Academy musical theatre group perform. ‘Cabaret’ is the granddaddy of modern musicals for very good reason. In addition to being topical and intricate, it’s also does decadence with originality and spontaneity with disturbing elements. This is certainly a musical for those who do not like musicals.

The script for ‘Cabaret’ was inspired by Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Stories based on his own personal memories and John Van Druten’s play, I Am a Camera. Berlin in 1931 was a liberal, some would say a decadent city; the First World War had been over for some time and the dark years of Nazi rule had yet to begin. The horror of the piece partly lies in the gulf between the characters’ comprehension of how the political shift will affect them and the reality which slowly encroaches. Throughout the musical, there’s not a single verbal reference to Hitler, and yet the presence of the growing Nazi movement all around these decadent misfits is ever present. Continue reading Cabaret