Willkommen to “Cabaret” in Williamstown, Nov. 14-23 [Berkshire on Stage]

November 12th, 2013, 1:00 pm by Sara

Kit Kat Klub

The Williams College Theatre Department will stage Fred Ebb and John Kander’s icon Cabaret, directed by David Eppel with Musical Director Eric Kang ’09 and Choreographer Brittany Baker-Brousseau ’11.

Set in the outrageous and sexy Kit Kat Klub, the musical is based on the writings of Christopher Isherwood about his life in Berlin in that bubble of time between 1920 and 1933, Cabaret is an amalgamation of several of his stories. They celebrate the moment in history when Berlin, its population ignorant or willfully blind of the coming Nazi conflagration, became the most exciting, most creative, most sexually fabulous and depraved city in all the world. Indeed, as many Berliners decided that they believed the very air, the “luft” in Berlin, carried in it a heady mixture of delightful drugs designed to maximize pleasure and bring out the best and the worst in all who breathed it.

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Classic “Cabaret” at Cohoes Music Hall Well Worth Seeing

April 12th, 2011, 2:01 pm by Sara
Cabaret @ Cohoes Music Hall (photo by John Esford)

Cabaret @ Cohoes Music Hall (photo by John Esford)

When John Kander and Fred Ebb wrote “Cabaret,” they of course hoped it would be a success on Broadway. Its success exceeded all expectations, especially with the release of the film starring Liza Minelli and Joel Grey. The songs are classic. Who doesn’t know at least some of the words to “Willkommen” which starts and ends the show.

Playing from April 7-17, 2011 on the stage of the Cohoes, New York Music Hall, directed by Jim Charles, there is only one more weekend to catch this classic, and with a fresh, young cast, we highly recommend it as one of our top picks. Performances are this Thursday to Saturday at 8:00 and on the weekend, there are two matinees, Saturday and Sunday at 3:00. Tickets are $25-35 and available by calling the box office at 518.237.5858 or visiting www.cohoesmusichall.com

The Story

An aspiring writer named Cliff Bradshaw has traveled to Berlin in search of inspiration when happens upon Sally Bowles at a cabaret called the Kit Kat Klub…

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LIVE: “Cabaret” @ Cohoes Music Hall

April 12th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Sara

The Emcee (Christopher Chiles) surrounded by the fearsome and flexible Kit Kat girls. (photo by Marilyn Rose)

The Emcee (Christopher Chiles) surrounded by the fearsome and flexible Kit Kat girls. (photo by Marilyn Rose)

Christopher Isherwood first intended to turn his experiences as a young man in Berlin in 1929-1933 into a novel entitled “The Lost”: He explained that that title had three different meanings for him: “It meant ‘those who have lost their own way’ – that mass of Germans who were being herded blindly into the future by their Nazi shepherds. It meant ‘the doomed’ – those who…were already marked down as Hitler’s victims. And, in a lighter, ironic sense it meant ‘those whom respectable society regards as moral outcasts’ – Sally Bowles, the lost girl…”

The other night, as I was listening to a book on CD, I suddenly heard the voice of Sally Bowles speaking to me. This is less remarkable than it might seem since I was listening to Christopher Isherwood’s 1973 autobiography “Christopher and His Kind,” which covers the decade from 1929-1939, the early years of which Isherwood spent in Berlin where his experiences and the people he met became the basis and inspiration for his “Berlin Stories”* which in turn eventually became “Cabaret.”

And it is probably also not surprising that in 1973, immediately after the whirlwind years in which highly successful stage (1966) and film (1972) versions of “Cabaret” appeared, Isherwood could so easily write in Sally’s voice, even though he did not write the libretto or screenplay. I think what surprised me was what a clear, strong voice it was. Every writer encounters characters who just demand to be heard and seem to spring, like Athena, full formed from their creator’s skull. From the moment she appeared in Isherwood’s 1939 collection of short stories, “Goodbye to Berlin,” Sally Bowles has taken center stage and demanded the world’s attention.

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