Manhattan School of Music presents John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Joe Masteroff's 1966 musical Cabaret February 4–6. The production offers the premiere of a new revision of the work—one made to be Kander's preferred edition. Watch Kander visit the young cast of the new production in the video above.
Theatre companies looking to produce Cabaret today are given three different options from musical licensor Tams Witmark: the original 1966 Broadway version, a 1987 revision done by original director Hal Prince, and the 1998 Sam Mendes revival version that made the most dramatic departure from the original.
MSM's production—put together by a team of Broadway veterans including director Don Stephenson, choreographer and MSM Associate Dean and Director of Musical Theatre Liza Gennaro, and musical director David Loud—presents for the first time a version of the show that Kander, according to Gennaro, "always wanted to see." Kander, the sole living author of Cabaret, was asked for his preferred version of the show and answered with moments, cuts, and restorations originating from all of Cabaret's major revisions, including the three licensed stage versions as well as Bob Fosse's 1972 film adaptation.
Kander will attend the February 4 opening night at MSM's newly renovated Neidorff-Karpati Hall, and has already visited and worked with the cast. "I'm enjoying their talents," Kander shared. "Every time someone does a musical you wrote a long time ago, they bring something new to it, and it's not what you intended, and so there's the excitement to that: 'I never thought of it that way.'"
For tickets to MSM's Cabaret, click here.