Cabaret (1998 version)

Image: a pair of eyes - one feminine, one masculine - float in a blood red sky over an old city tower. "Welcome to Berlin" displays vertically down the tower. "Cabaret" displays vertically down the side of the image in whimsical marquee lettering.

Unmasked Performers

This event will include unmasked performers. Learn how we protect audiences and performers.

WWU students skip the box office!

Show your WWU student ID at the door for free balcony seating (first come, first served). Student-priced tickets available at the box office for main floor seats.

Email Ashley VanCurler if you need to reserve an accessible space.

Parking and Transportation

Ride the bus

Western's Performing Arts Center enjoys regular convenient bus service throughout the day. Though service is less convenient at night and weekends, we encourage you to consider it when possible.

Biking and Walking

Sometimes, by the time you sit in traffic, find a parking spot, and walk from the lot to the Performing Arts Center, you haven't saved much time, if any. Consider using your legs and feet if possible.

Complimentary Parking in Lot 9G for Cabaret

For this production we have reserved lot 9G for your convenience and enjoyment. View a colorful and detailed map with text directions to find your way!

Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play "I am a Camera" by John Van Druten and "Berlin Stories" by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander

Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Directed by Jim Lortz

Musical direction by 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."

CABARET is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC.

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

Photos from the production!

Thanks to Rachel Bayne

Young club performer emotionally sings in front of glowing cat eyes and a sign for the "Kit Kat Club".
Emcee poses with sensual club performers dressed in glittering apparel.
Actor in silk dress drags their partner back by their suspenders.
Performer snatches the wig from a dancers head while the cast looks on in shock.
Emcee holding a case dances with two scantily clad performers in front of green glowing eyes.

Disability Accommodations

For disability accommodations, please contact the department presenting the event. Disability access information is available online at Parking Services, and further resources can be found by contacting Western's Disability Access Center.