CABARET tells the story of a young American writer, Clifford Bradshaw, living in Berlin at the dawn of the Nazi era. He becomes infatuated with the giddy, gaudy decadence of the place, epitomized by a sexy, vaguely dangerous nightclub called the Kit Kat Club; in particular he finds himself involved with its chanteuse, sad, flighty Sally Bowles. While Cliff and Sally drift, dreamlike, in this happy but desperate milieu, life outside turns ugly. The story follows Cliff, Sally and their landlady Fraulein Schneider, a stern but warm woman who found love in her old age. Their lives are all affected as the Nazis take over Berlin. CABARET is based on the short novel, "Goodbye to Berlin" by Christopher Isherwood, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb (CHICAGO). The 1966 Broadway production became a hit and spawned a 1972 film as well as numerous subsequent productions.