Cabaret (1998 version)

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Time and Location

  • Thu, Dec 2 at 7:30 pm PST
  • Fri, Dec 3 at 7:30 pm PST
  • Sat, Dec 4 at 2:00 pm PST
  • Sat, Dec 4 at 7:30 pm PST
  • Sun, Dec 5 at 2:00 pm PST

By Joe Masteroff, John Kander, and Frank Ebb

Directed by Jim Lortz

Music directed by Dr. Ryan Dudenbostel

Setting: The Kit Kat Klub, a seedy nightclub in Berlin. New Year's Eve, 1929.

In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920's draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee's bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin's natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken with English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally's boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish. Musical numbers include "Willkommen," "Cabaret," "Don't Tell Mama" and "Two Ladies."

Content Warning

  • Alcohol
  • Strong Language
  • Mild Adult Themes
  • Smoking

A stunning musical... this marionette's-eye view of a time and place in our lives that was brassy, wanton, carefree and doomed to crumble is brilliantly conceived.

Walter Kerr
The New York Times

A masterpiece of musical theater penned as a cautionary tale and not at all leavened by the embrace of paradox.

Chris Jones
The Chicago Tribune

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