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Prince of Broadway

Keith Garebian

in The Making of Cabaret

Second edition

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199732494
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894482 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732494.003.0002
Prince of Broadway

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This chapter details Harold Prince's main motive for undertaking the show: the degenerative sociopolitical climate of Berlin in the thirties and the moral questions this provoked even in a contemporary audience. The chapter traces the gradual evolution of the Joe Masteroff libretto, showing radical differences in the three versions (second, rehearsal, final) that are found in the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. The differences extend to the music, characterization, dramatic incidents, and expressionistic devices, with an ever-increasing focus on private lives shaken by events in the public world. Taking up the final version, the chapter analyzes the musical's structure, and it ends with Harold Prince's struggle to find the central metaphor for the show.

Keywords: political climate; Berlin; thirties; Joe Masteroff; librettos; musical structure; Harold Prince; central metaphor

Chapter.  5767 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Popular Music

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