The Future: A Conclusion

Keith Garebian

in The Making of Cabaret

Second edition

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199732494
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894482 | DOI:
The Future: A Conclusion

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The conclusion speculates on the possibilities for future reinterpretations of Cabaret following Harold Prince's groundbreaking first production that represented a new musical form because it began with concept and libretto rather than score and because of its provocative subjects (Nazism, promiscuity, abortion). Prince's version dramatized its central metaphor and invoked German icons to justify Cabaret's distance from the traditional American musical. From the first, Cabaret turned the traditional morality of the musical on its head, and given the advances in sexual and political mores, it was possible for Bob Fosse, Sam Mendes, Amanda Dehnert, and their successors to extend the boundaries of sexuality and fascism in this show. The conclusion notes how the show has changed with each reinterpretation and predicts that future versions in other languages will further extend this musical's greatness.

Keywords: Hal Prince; Bob Fosse; Sam Mendes; Rufus Norris; Amanda Dehnert; Cabaret in other languages

Chapter.  1541 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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