Cabaret, the iconic Kander and Ebb masterpiece, has undergone many changes since its 1967 premiere: a revival in 1987, an Oscar-winning film in 1972, and the wildly successful 1998 Roundabout Theatre production. Cabaret is the story of Sally Bowles and Cliff Bradshaw, two lost souls afloat at the end of Germany's Weimar era. It is 1930 and Berlin is a hotbed of economic depression, prostitution, drug abuse, and cabarets that featured dancers and singers, nudity, and lasciviousness, danger, drugs, and sex.
The 1930s also marked the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. Cabaret is as much about this blight on humanity as it is about the smaller stories of Sally and Cliff. With its remarkable book and brilliant music, Cabaret is a powerful work that resonates even more strongly than it first did 56 years ago. As Cliff writes, "It was the end of the world."