PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: From Joel to Alan to Raúl to NPH; Looking Back at the Many Mysterious Emcees of Cabaret

By Matthew Blank
10 Jul 2014

The Kit Kat Klub is back in business as Roundabout's acclaimed revival of Cabaret plays a return engagement. With Alan Cumming reprising his Tony-winning performance as the seductive Emcee, we look back at some of the other men (and ladies) who have bid audiences "willkommen" over the years.





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Adam Pascal in the 1998 revival
Photo by Joan Marcus



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Cabaret features a book by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. It is based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood.

The original design team also returns for the 2014 production, including set and club design by Robert Brill, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Peggy Eisenhauer and Mike Baldassari and sound design by Brian Ronan. Patrick Vaccariello is the musical director.

Roundabout's production of Cabaret opened on Broadway March 19, 1998, starring Cumming and Natasha Richardson and won four Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Actor and Best Actress in a Musical. The production played for six years through Jan. 4, 2004. Cabaret premiered on Broadway in 1966 and won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Click here to read a history of Cabaret's journey to the stage

Studio 54 is located at 254 West 54th Street. Tickets can be purchased online at RoundaboutTheatre.org, by phone at (212) 719-1300 and at Roundabout's American Airlines Theatre box office (227 West 42nd Street) or Laura Pels Theatre Box office (111 West 46th Street).