Paris' Folies Bergère Transforms into Berlin's Kit Kat Klub for Mendes' Cabaret

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The Sam Mendes-Rob Marshall revival of Cabaret will turn Paris' Folies Bergère into the Kit Kat Klub of the John Kander-Fred Ebb musical in the fall.

Stage Entertainment France will produce Cabaret as its first musical at the Folies Bergère, starting Oct. 14. The show, entirely adapted in French, will be performed by French artists and musicians to be auditioned soon in Paris.

"I am delighted to welcome Cabaret, a major work of contemporary musical theater," said Théâtre des Folies Bergère director Hélène Martini. "Sam Mendes' creative genius and the talent of Stage Entertainment France's production teams are a perfect mix for a very high-quality show to thrill French audiences. Wilkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome… to Cabaret at the Folies Bergère!"

The environmental staging — which replaces normal theatre seating with cabaret chairs and tables, lit by red lamps — created by Mendes (Gypsy, "American Beauty") and Marshall (Little Me, "Chicago"), opened on Broadway March 19, 1998 at the Henry Miller's Theatre then moved to the former discotheque Studio 54. Cabaret closed Jan. 4, 2004 after 37 previews and 2,378 performances.

The musical — featuring a book by Joe Masteroff based on the play I Am a Camera by John Van Druten (which was based on "The Berlin Stories" by Christopher Isherwood) — won the 1998 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical as well as Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Ron Rifkin). Kander penned the music and Ebb handled lyrics.

Stage Entertainment France will hold auditions in Paris March 27-April 7. For more details, ticketing and further information, visit www.cabaret-lemusical.fr.

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