PHOTO CALL: Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, Michael York, Bernadette Peters and More Celebrate 40th Anniversary of "Cabaret" Film
By Joseph Marzullo
01 Feb 2013
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) continued its latest Road to Hollywood tour around the country with a stop in New York City, where TCM, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Verizon FiOS presented a free public screening of the Academy Award-winning film.
The free screening was held Jan. 31 at the famed Ziegfeld Theatre, where Cabaret premiered.
Four of the film's stars – Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, Michael York and Marisa Berenson – joined TCM host Robert Osborne on stage to introduce the 40th anniversary restoration of the film.
The 1972 film version, directed by Bob Fosse, was awarded eight Academy Awards. In addition to Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey, who both won Oscars for their performances, the movie also featured Michael York, Marisa Berenson and Fritz Wepper. "Cabaret" is based on the Tony Award winning musical of the same name about a nightclub singer (Sally Bowles) in pre-World War II Berlin and her relationship with a visiting writer (Clifford Bradshaw). The musical features a book by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. The original Broadway production was directed by Harold Prince. The 1998 revival starred Natasha Richardson and Alan Cumming, who won Tony Awards for their performances as, respectively, Sally Bowles and the Emcee.
On Feb. 5, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will debut the newly restored 40th anniversary Blu-ray and DVD of Cabaret. A new documentary, Cabaret: The Musical That Changed Musicals will be featured.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.