Musical Theatre Podcast Episode 11 – A Brief History of the Musical Cabaret

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In episode 11 of the Take Me to the World Musical Theatre Podcast, I talk a little bit about the history and my experience with the musical Cabaret. This is part one of a multiple-episode analysis on the musical Cabaret. For this analysis, I am looking at the 1998 Broadway Revival, although I’ll have resource links to other versions of Cabaret on this page as well. This episode does not contain major spoilers for this musical, although there will be spoilers for this musical in the next two episodes.

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Resources – Music

This has links (mostly on Spotify, unless otherwise stated) to the cast recordings/soundtracks that I mentioned in this podcast, as well as to some musical playlists.

It’s Broadway, Bitch – Spotify Playlist. This has over 2000 songs from different musicals I’ve either seen or have listened to obsessively. Most of the playlist is from stage musicals, but I have a few movie musicals and musical TV shows on here as well. Albums are in random order. Some songs contain strong language and subject matter, so listener discretion is advised.

Sounds of Broadway. This is an online radio station with over 4600 songs from 560 different musicals. It’s a great way to listen to musicals you know and discover some musicals you may have never heard of before. The station also has a great weekly podcast about musicals as well.

Cabaret (1998 New Broadway Cast)

Cabaret (1966 Original Broadway Cast)

Cabaret (1972 Movie Soundtrack)

Resources – Videos

These are links on Just Watch (unless otherwise noted) for the following movie versions of the musicals I talked about in this episode.

Cabaret (1972 Movie Adaptation)

Cabaret (1993 London Revival). This is a version on YouTube but was professionally recorded. If you are unable to see a production of Cabaret live on stage this version is closer to the 1998 revival than the 1972 movie adaption. Unfortunately, this is the only place I’ve been able to find this version.

Resources – Websites and Apps

Concord Theatricals. This is the company with the licensing rights to put on the musical Cabaret. You can rent a free copy of the libretto for Cabaret for a 2 week period. They have several versions including the Original 1966 Broadway, the 1987 Revival, and the 1998 Revival.

Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood. This is a link on GoodReads to read the novel Goodbye to Berlin, which eventually led to the musical Cabaret.

I Am A Camera by John Van Druten. Another link on GoodReads to read the play I Am A Camera, which was later adapted into the musical Cabaret.

Reddit Musicals and Reddit Musical Theatre. Both of these subreddits are great places to go if you want to talk about musicals, get tips (if you’re a performer), and to get recommendations on shows to check out.

Broadway Musical Home. This is an amazing website for any musical theatre lover. They have an alphabetical list of over 300 musicals, and you can look up musicals by different categories like “based on a book” and “based on real life.” For anyone or any theatre company looking to put on a musical, you can check out the Rights page, where you can find where to get the rights to put on a variety of musicals.

Playbill has a listing for shows (musicals and plays) in New York, London and National Tours.

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Check out some more Musical Theatre Podcast Episodes on Take Me to the World

Have you seen the musical Cabaret? 

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