One of the classics of the Broadway theatre, Cabaret explores the German nightlife in 1930s Nazi Germany. The focus is on three separate couples and a troupe of nightclub performers, led by one devastating and compelling emcee. The music is enchanting and uninhibited, and the score features several classics including "Don't Tell Mama," "Tomorrow Belongs to Me," "Money" and the titular "Cabaret." Cabaret first opened in 1966 in New York to radiant reviews and ran for 1, 165 performances. The film version, released in 1972, only served to bolster an already awed audience's reaction by altering the musical to suit lead Liza Minelli's strengths. Like most understudy cast recordings, this one is interesting in that it offers different performers takes on classic roles. Those interested in purchasing a Cabaret recording, though, would be well-advised to go for the ones they are familiar with -- the film soundtrack, the original London soundtrack, or one of the Broadway cast recordings.
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