Cabaret at Salzburger Landestheater
Photo: SLT/Anna-Maria Löffelberger

Welcome to the Cabaret!

The musical “Cabaret” is on the programme at the Salzburg Landestheater in May. A play from a turning point in time. Just as we are experiencing one again today. Welcome to Cabaret!

Berlin, end of the 1920s: The amusement-seeking metropolis dances on the volcano on the eve of the Third Reich. The social climate in Berlin at the time was very liberal. There were about 170 pubs and clubs for gay men. Life was vibrant and hedonistic.

The dream of every gay man

Attracted by this sizzling atmosphere of the big city (“Berlin is every gay man’s dream”), the American writer Clifford Bradshaw travels to Berlin. And there he makes the acquaintance of the frivolous society of the Kit-Kat Club. This develops into a (heterosexual) love story that ultimately fails because of the emerging Nazi ideology.

Joe Masteroff wrote the book for the musical “Cabaret”, premiered in New York in 1966, based on the autobiographical novel “Farewell, Berlin” (1939) by Christopher Isherwood. The English writer Christopher Isherwood lived in Berlin from 1929 to 1933 and experienced the heyday of this first homo-friendly era in history to the full. In his book “The Other Berlin”, Robert Beachy describes in great detail this eventful time, which ended abruptly with the Nazi takeover.

On 13.05.2022, the musical “Cabaret” will be revived on the stage of the Salzburg Landestheater. The alternation of large public scenes and small private situations gives “Cabaret” its breath. The music inspired by ragtime and early jazz as well as the inserted revue-like numbers in the Kit-Kat-Club give the flair of the 1920s. The music was written by John Kander and the lyrics by Fred Ebb. In the 1972 film version Liza Minnelli shone as Sally Bowles, and in 1973 the film won eight Oscars.

Trailer zu Cabaret im Salzburger Landestheater

Welcome to the Cabaret! A journey through time in today’s world, which seems more uncertain than ever before. Perhaps also a journey through time that can broaden the horizon?

Cabaret – the Musical. 13.05. to 16.06.2022 in seven performances at the Salzburg Landestheater. Dates and tickets.

Published 31. March 2022Updated 2. April 2023
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