Cabaret! Behind the Movie

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Bob Fosse’s legendary 1972 movie launched Cabaret, the Musical, into international fame.  It won 8 Academy Awards, including a knockout Best Actress performance by Liza Minnelli.  But the musical is surprisingly different show… Continue reading

The Rise of the Nazi Party

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Out of Germany’s mix of economic depression, social division, political sluggishness, and racial ideology, rose the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (“The Nazi Party”). And at the helm of that burgeoning party was… Continue reading

Cabaret Girls: Camilla Spira

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Camilla Spira was born to actors Lotte and Fritz Spira in Hamberg in 1906. Following in her parents’ theatrical footsteps, she began training as an actress at 13, and her first film debut… Continue reading

Cabaret Girls: Trude Hesterberg

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Trude Hesterberg was a German singer and actress born in 1892. At a young age, she was introduced to singing by her aunt, who performed opera. Trude quickly fell in love with the… Continue reading

Cabaret Girls: Jean Ross, the Real Sally Bowles

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  Liza Minelli’s portrayal of Sally Bowles paints the picture of a successful, glamorous showgirl, but that could not be further from the truth. The real Sally Bowles was born in Egypt in… Continue reading

Cabaret Girls: Anita Berber

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Anita Berber was born in Dresden, Germany, in 1899. She began dancing at the age of 10, and by 16 she was noticed by Rita Sacchetto, an Avant-Garde choreographer. From here, she began… Continue reading

The Winding Road to Cabaret the Musical

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The 1966 musical “Cabaret” was based on the 1951 play “I Am a Camera” (also made into a 1955 film), adapted from Christopher Isherwood’s 1939 novel “Goodbye To Berlin”.  This novel was itself… Continue reading

“A peculiar and all-pervading smell of hopeless decay”

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    The various “spielhauses” of Cabaret were not typically glitzy, or even very clean.  The were run on a shoe-string, and typically looked and smelled like the underground scene one associates with… Continue reading

Cabaret!

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Berlin’s Cabaret scene shot out of Germany’s bewildering array of competing voices.  At turns funny, angry, sexy and grotesque, Berlin’s late night club scene flourished as an antidote–and prod–to the difficulties of daily… Continue reading

The Weimar Republic – A Story of National Anxiety

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It’s hard to imagine a more ominous collision of forces brewing than those during the interwar period of 1919-1933 Germany. Crippled by WWI and their crushing terms of surrender, Germany’s people languished under… Continue reading