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The Making of Cabaret$
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Keith Garebian

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199732494

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732494.001.0001

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The Future: A Conclusion

The Future: A Conclusion

(p.193) Chapter 10 The Future: A Conclusion
The Making of Cabaret

Keith Garebian

Oxford University Press

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

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