The Tony-winning musical, “Cabaret,” is here and it’s transforming Nashville into 1931 Berlin. The captivating show stunned the TPAC audience for opening night on Tuesday.
This particular production is based on Roundabout Theatre Company’s production, Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall’s show and it is breathtaking. It starts long before the audience is even still — with actors and musicians taking the stage. Smoke begins to the fill the stage and the aroma of “Cabaret” fills the area. The emcee (Erik Schneider) then takes the stage and welcomes everyone to the Kit Kat Club, where “Life is Beautiful.” We soon learn that’s not always the case.
“Cabaret” is set in Germany as the Nazis are coming to power but it shows us a different side of the city. In the cabaret, there are seemingly no troubles despite the political upheaval around them. It is at the Kit Kat Klub where Cliff Bradshaw (Carl Pariso), an aspiring American novelist, begins a relationship with the star of the cabaret club, Sally Bowles (Bailey McCall Thomas).
While in Berlin, Bradshaw resides at a German boarding house owned by Fräulein Schneider. After being given some fruitful gifts, Schneider decides to marry her suitor, Jewish Herr Schultz. It is at their engagement party where we really begin to see the Nazi influence. That feeling of change carries on through the intermission and when the show returns, nothing is the same in the Cabaret. Bowles is in a downward spiral and even the Emcee’s optimistic demeanor is different. The emotions continue until the tragic ending.
“Cabaret” is based on the book by Joe Masteroff, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. The music is what takes us on the complete journey from fun party life in Berlin to the very dark ending in “Finale.”
Take the very emotional ride with “Cabaret,” running through March 4 at TPAC. The show contains mature content so consider that when thinking of bringing children to the show. Get a preview of the show below and grab tickets now through TPAC’s website.