- $18 for one ticket to Cabaret (up to $36 value)
- When: February 6–March 6
- Where: Cameo Theatre
- Seating: best available
- Door time: one hour before showtime
It’s Berlin of the 1930s. The Nazi party is gaining momentum, but no one inside the seedy Kit Kat Klub cares too much. Everyone there seems to believe that politics don’t affect them and the only pursuit in life is entertainment. Cliff Bradshaw, a young American writer, arrives on this scene to find a charismatic emcee commanding his fleet of dancers and singers. One singer, the young Sally Bowles, catches his eye, and the two strike up a romance that extends from the club to the boarding house where they reside. Meanwhile, the political climate darkens, pulling in everyone from the boarding-house owner and her Jewish suitor to Cliff, who wants to flee with the now-pregnant Sally. Amid the upheaval, the Kit Kat Klub keeps pumping out song-and-dance numbers, because, as Sally reflects, “Life is a cabaret.”
Inspired by Christopher Isherwood’s short novel Goodbye to Berlin, Cabaret swept up eight Tony awards after bursting onto Broadway in 1966. Since then, it has heated up stage, screen, and stereo with songs such as “It Couldn’t Please Me More,” “Tomorrow Belongs To Me,” and “Telephone Song.” The musical also helped fast-track the careers of Alan Cumming, Natasha Richardson, and Ron Rifkin, who all won Tonys for the 1998 Broadway Revival.
An Egyptian art-deco style anchors the Cameo Theatre, luring wandering eyes with polychrome accents, gilt columns, and a sphinx that permits entry only after guests solve a riddle. A surviving artifact of the 1940s, the theater first opened as a home for vaudeville acts and movies but has since filled its stage with a diverse roster of legendary performers from B.B. King to Metallica, and it now regularly hosts theatrical productions.
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