Some Enchanted Evenings: The Top Ten Broadway Musical Revivals

By Ben Rimalower
22 Feb 2014

Alan Cumming

Cabaret directed by Sam Mendes and co-directed by Rob Marshall, 1998

Sam Mendes's inspired revival of Cabaret built on everything the original production had going (namely sex, politics and Kander & Ebb) and then took it a step further, as was now possible in the post-sexual revolution/gay liberation years the Mendes version ran. This was of tremendous value to the piece, as the primary source material is, after all, Christopher Isherwood's "Berlin Stories," which depict the very cultural elements (of Weimar Berlin) that 1960s Broadway wouldn't have accepted when Cabaret first opened. But then, Mendes' Cabaret wasn't just sexually fluid, it was also staggeringly well acted and performed with jackknife theatricality by a peerless cast that featured Alan Cumming, Natasha Richardson and Mary Louise Wilson.