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October 2016 Blog Posts (46)

Cabaret: Does it Live Up to the Hype?

Cabaret, written by John Kander and Frank Ebb, was first produced on Broadway in 1966 and later made into a film in 1972. Cabaret has a long string of revivals that have been produced both on Broadway and in London including the critically acclaimed 1998 revival directed by Sam Mendes which starred Alan Cumming. Roundabout Theatre Company has now managed to bring a revival of its 1998 production on the road, where it has made a stop at our very own Orpheum Theatre.

Cabaret is set in…


Added by Noah Coon on October 25, 2016 at 11:53pm — 1 Comment

More Than Just Dancing

On Sunday afternoon I had the pleasure of seeing Cabaret at the Orpheum Theater. The play is about a young american writer named Clifford Bradshaw (Benjamin Eakeley) and the journey he faces while staying in Berlin, Germany post World War II. Once he arrives in Germany, Bradshaw somehow finds his way into the Kit Kat Club. There he meets a singer, Sally Bowles (Andrea Goss). They find themselves in an unexpected romance that goes through many ups and…


Added by Megan Weber on October 25, 2016 at 10:40pm — 1 Comment

We Have [Very Few] Troubles Here

One word to describe the musical Cabaret: Shocking. Set in 1930s (a.k.a early Nazi) Berlin, this revolutionary musical is part of Roundabout Theatre Production’s 50th anniversary tour- and for good reason. Cabaret serves as a dual romance/political commentary centering around two couples, Sally and Cliff (a burlesque dancer and a wandering writer, respectively,) and Fräulein Schneider and Herr Schultz (a boarding house manager and a Jewish fruit shop owner, respectively) whose historically… Continue

Added by R. Grace Carey on October 23, 2016 at 3:10am — 1 Comment

The Glowing Cabaret

The night of October 18th was filled with light. The downtown skyline was aglow, a plethora windows illuminated, the streets filled with red and white lights, the bulbs adorning the the Orpheum Theatre entrance working feverently. The flashing red palm next to the stoplight urged pedestrians to hurry along, sweeping them towards the show of the night, the debut of Cabaret. I followed the mass of pedestrians and sensed their excitement in addition to my own. The lights shone on. Inside the… Continue

Added by Euphrosyne Daoutidou on October 22, 2016 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Cabaret- Anisha Sharma

Cabaret: Anisha Sharma

Cabaret, a show without a dull moment, was a delight to watch. The show opened on Tuesday, October 18, and played in downtown Minneapolis at the Orpheum theatre. This play took place in Berlin in 1929 at the Kit Kat Club. This story was about a young writer Clifford Bradshaw, who was played by Benjamin Eakeley, coming to a new place to get inspired and write a new novel. The night he arrives, he is told to go the Kit Kat Club where he spends the night, and also… Continue

Added by Anisha Sharma on October 22, 2016 at 12:12pm — 1 Comment

The Political Cabaret

Cabaret at the Orpheum theater in downtown Minneapolis opened this past Tuesday to a lively audience. The show was introduced by scantily clad actresses taking the stage to warm up and stretch. This opening invited in the sense of being at a cabaret joint. The year was 1929 the place was the Kit Kat Klub in Berlin. The lights come on and the Emcee (Randy Harrison) steps out. 

Clifford Bradshaw (Benjamin Eakeley) is a young writer looking for inspiration in a new city far away…


Added by Claire Mathews-Lingen on October 21, 2016 at 2:06pm — 1 Comment

Where is the Life in this Cabaret?

Emma Meents


Where is the Life in this Cabaret?

Ever since I was little I have been listening to the music from John Kander and Fred Ebb’s masterpiece Cabaret. Everyone remembers how they were first introduced to the magic of the Broadway musical. Mine was Cabaret. Songs like “Cabaret,” “Willkomen” and “Maybe This Time” were familiar before I understood their meaning. So you can imagine my high expectations for the return of Cabaret to the Orpheum Theatre for a… Continue

Added by Emma Meents on October 21, 2016 at 11:31am — 1 Comment

Talia Wendlandt Cabaret Everything and then Nothing Roundabout Theatre’s Cabaret was breathtaking, except when it wasn’t. The detailed staging of the show and the clear attention to where each charac…

Talia Wendlandt


Everything and then Nothing

Roundabout Theatre’s Cabaret was breathtaking, except when it wasn’t. The detailed staging of the show and the clear attention to where each character was, whether written into the scene or not, were undeniably both intelligent and justified. And yet during musical scenes involving chorus members, lyrics and…


Added by Talia Wendlandt on October 21, 2016 at 1:31am — 2 Comments

Where Are Your Troubles Now?

            Wilkommen to the cabaret! Here, life is beautiful! Opening last Tuesday at the Orpheum, Director BT McNicholl’s Cabaret marks the 50th anniversary of Roundabout Theatre Company. Cabaret is the perfect distraction from any troubles in your life between the provocative dancing and the enticing scenes.

            Narrated by the Emcee (Randy Harrison) and the boys and girls of the Kit Kat Club, Cabaret tells the story of American writer…


Added by Lea Moore on October 21, 2016 at 12:33am — 2 Comments

A Perfectly Marvelous Cabaret

Roundabout Theatre Company's national tour of Cabaret is, to say the least “perfectly marvelous”. Stellar leads paired with brilliant lighting design and an already amazing script and musical score make for a good show. Randy Harrison opens the whole production as the Emcee of the Kit Kat Club, where the people of 1930’s Berlin go to forget their troubles for a while. Clifford Bradshaw, is an American traveler who finds himself at the club. There, he…


Added by Jada ShaNel Gardner on October 21, 2016 at 12:32am — 2 Comments

Do Tell Mama

Rachael Bernstein





Make sure to tell your mama to go see Cabaret! Cabaret is playing at the Orpheum Theatre through Sunday October Twenty Third. The show opens on New Year’s Eve of 1929 on a train. Aboard that train are an American novelist Clifford Bradshaw (Benjamin Eakeley) and a German man Ernest Ludwig (Patrick Vaill). Ernest tells Clifford about a boarding house and a night club, the Kit Kat club. In those two locations…


Added by Rachael Bernstein on October 21, 2016 at 12:31am — 2 Comments

Cabaret, Cabaret, Cabaret!

Cabaret at the Orpheum is beautiful; the performances are beautiful, the set is beautiful, even the orchestra is beautiful! Unless you've seen the movie or the spectacular show, you would not understand this reference to the Emcee's signature line. If you are one of those people in the dark, you have another thing on your to-do list! Although at first glance the show may seem to be little more than a raunchy crowd-pleaser, but it isn't a four-time Tony Award winner for nothing. Based off of the… Continue

Added by Catherine Lily Wojda on October 21, 2016 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

Willkommen to the Always Beautiful Cabaret

Willkommen to Roundabout Theatre Company’s Cabaret and it’s raunchy, dazzling corner of East Berlin shortly before World War II.

Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret creates a world centered around The Kit Kat Klub and an American writer, Cliff Bradshaw (played by Benjamin Eakeley, who enters and completely changes his life. Encouraged to visit this hot spot by a man he met on the train, Ernst Ludwig (Patrick Vaill), he meets Sally Bowles (Andrea Goss) and is swept up into the happenings and the… Continue

Added by Lina Orta on October 21, 2016 at 12:04am — 2 Comments

Cabaret Couldn't Please Me More

The musical Cabaret draws inspiration from Christopher Isherwood’s novel Goodbye to Berlin, as well as John Van Druten’s play, I Am A Camera, which was also based off of the novel, and was written by Joe Masteroff (book), John Kander (music), and Fred Ebb (lyrics). The show revolves around a shady nightclub called The Kit Kat Klub in Berlin, Germany, at the time of the rise of the Nazi party and tells the story of Clifford Bradshaw (Benjamin Eakeley), an American…


Added by Claire Karges on October 21, 2016 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

Cabaret- It Could Have Pleased Me More

The magic of theatre is an experience unlike no other. It gives you the power to be transported into another time and place, allowing you to completely let go and become somebody else for two hours. Despite its powerful message, the touring production of Cabaret, directed by BT McNicholl, failed to provide this experience, and the unengaged audience did not help.

I went in with…


Added by Grace Whiting on October 20, 2016 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

What Would You Do for Money?

          Cabaret, at the Orpheum October 18-23, is based on the Christopher Isherwood book “The Berlin Stories” and the John Van Druten film “I Am A Camera.” Set between the World Wars in Berlin, Germany, the show focuses on the relationship between nightclub performer, Sally Bowles, and American journalist, Clifford Bradshaw. The story is presented by the Emcee, who is also the announcer at The…


Added by Anika Besst on October 20, 2016 at 11:04pm — 2 Comments

Willkommen To A Night To Remember

Cabaret, the Broadway classic is now back and as beautiful as ever on the Orpheum Theater stage through October 23. The story of Cabaret is set in 1929 Berlin, Germany when the shadow of the Nazi party starts to become apparent. Cabaret follows an American writer, Clifford Bradshaw (Benjamin Eakeley), and his complicated and intimate romance with cabaret dancer Sally Bowles (Andrea Goss). The show is narrated by…


Added by Calvin mattson on October 20, 2016 at 10:59pm — 2 Comments

Marvelous - but Don't Tell Mama!

Since its 1966 debut on Broadway, Cabaret has captured the world’s attention with its raunchy nature and its reflection of the rise of Nazi Germany. Based on the work of Christopher Isherwood, I believe that its extreme contrasts in playfulness and solemness is what the world finds so appealing. This version, directed by BT McNicholl, takes these features to extreme limits. 

Randy Harrison is an exceptional Master of Ceremonies. His performance is energetic…


Added by Nina Afremov on October 20, 2016 at 10:47pm — 2 Comments

Cabaret is 'Perfectly Marvelous'

Eleanor Wilhelmi



If you manage to procure a ticket to the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Cabaret, consider yourself lucky. The Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis hosts the show through October 23rd, making it a divinely provocative opener for Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Bank of America Broadway on Hennepin Season. Cabaret follows Clifford…


Added by Eleanor Wilhelmi on October 20, 2016 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

Cabaret: Joyously Heartbreaking

“Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome,” crooned the Emcee, played by Randy Harrison, as the curtains rose on Cabaret’s opening night at the Orpheum Theatre. Cabaret, which takes in place in Berlin, Germany from 1929 to 1930, has returned to the Orpheum for a six day run opening on October 18th and closing on the 23rd. Performed by The Roundabout Theatre Company for their 50th Anniversary Season, Cabaret…


Added by Ella Padden on October 20, 2016 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

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