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Cabaret [London Cast]

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One of the classics of the Broadway theater, 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." The play 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 Minnelli's strengths. The original London cast, which opened in 1968 and ran for 336 performances, starred actress Judi Dench. Her Sally Bowles is exquisite, both touching and stubborn. Her performance, like predecessor Jill Haworth's (of the original New York cast) and successor Natasha Richardson (of the 1998 revival cast), was a far different approach to the role than Minnelli's, who portrayed Sally in the film version. This is a very strong version of the musical.