Teatro alla Scala
John Kander / Fred Ebb / Joe Masteroff
Based on the book by Joe Masteroff on the play »Ich bin eine Kamera« by John Van Druten and tales of Christopher Isherwood
Vocal texts by Fred Ebb, Music by John Kander
German by Robert Gilbert
Berlin at the end of the 1920s: a brightly illuminated red-light district, pleasure-seeking revellers, shady bars and, of course, jazz. The locals live and make merry as though there is no tomorrow. Yet the big city lights also shine on poverty, inflation and growing anti-Semitism. In the Kit Kat Club no one wants to hear about doom and gloom. Every evening Sally Bowles, dreaming of a glittering career, sings her maxim that »Life is a Cabaret«: Reality is nothing but a stage and everything on it a game. Into this murky atmosphere arrives the writer Cliff Bradshaw, who very quickly shares not only a bed but also his lodgings with Sally. They dream of a future together; as does their landlady, Fräulein Schneider, celebrating her engagement to Herr Schultz. Yet it turns out that he is Jewish – not the best prerequisite for wedded bliss. Cliff and Sally’s relationship is also put to the test when the flamboyant nightclub singer becomes pregnant … Residing in Berlin on the eve of the Third Reich, the British writer Christopher Isherwood met the characters he later immortalized in his novel »Goodbye to Berlin«, the inspiration for the international hit musical »Cabaret«. Let yourself be seduced by this dance on the edge of the precipice: »Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome!«.