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Cabaret : the illustrated book and lyrics
Kander, John.
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Publication Information:
New York : Newmarket Press, [1999]

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128 pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 24 cm
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ML50.K15 C32 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
ML50.K15 C32 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The four 1998 Tony Awards given to the Roundabout Theatre's production of Cabaret add to the eight Tonys the musical won in 1966 and the eight Oscars the film version garnered in 1972. Surely one of the most acclaimed and beloved plays of all time, this modern classic is honored for the first time in a lavishly illustrated book. Here is the complete musical book by Joe Masteroff and all the words of the songs written by John Kander and Fred Ebb. It is illustrated with more than 100 photographs and drawings (including 74 in full color) of the original cast of the Roundabout 's smash Broadway production by Joan Marcus, never-before- published backstage photographs by Rivka Katvan, and archival photos of past productions. The accompanying text explores the evolution of the play in all its incarnations, from the 1930 stories of Christopher Isherwood to two films and three stage adaptations. Here are all the fantastic artists who have brought this play to life: Julie Harris (the original Sally Bowles), Joel Grey, Liza Minnelli, Natasha Richardson, Alan Cumming, Ron Rifkin, and directors Hal Prince, Bob Fosse, Sam Mendes, and Rob Marshall. Also featured are original drawings by costume designer William Ivey Long and set designer Robert Brill. For theatre lovers and film fans, for those who've seen the play and those who haven't, this book is an exclusive insider's glimpse into a stage and film phenomenon, one of the most astonishing artistic achievements of our time.

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Booklist Review

One of the hottest tickets on Broadway last season was the breathtaking revival of the musical Cabaret, which featured incomparable--and Tony-awarded--performances by Alan Cumming as the master of ceremonies and Natasha Richardson as Sally Bowles. Cabaret is rooted in Christopher Isherwood's wonderful book The Berlin Stories, in which the late British writer immaculately captured Weimar Germany of the 1930s. After several stage and movie permutations, voila!--the current revival that set the New York theater community on its ear. The complete musical book and all the lyrics have been put together in this arresting volume, along with production and backstage photographs and archival material. What we have preserved, then, is a moment in Broadway history that will resonate for years to come. --Brad Hooper