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News Cabaret to Return to London John Kander and Fred Ebb’s classic musical Cabaret is set to return to London’s West End in a production directed by Rufus (Festen) Norris.

The musical – which was turned into an eight-time Oscar-winning 1972 movie starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York and Joel Grey — starts previewing at the Lyric Sept. 22 and opens Oct 10.

It was to the Lyric that Norris’s Almeida production of Festen transferred before moving on to Broadway.

Prior to the movie, Cabaret premiered on Broadway in 1966. The musical returned to New York with Sam Mendes' famous Tony-winning production, which premiered at London's Donmar and starred Alan Cumming (London and New York) and Natasha Richardson (New York only) in the roles made famous by Grey and Minnelli in the movie version.

Joe Masteroff’s book for Cabaret was based on John van Druten’s play I Am a Camera, itself inspired by Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin stories. The musical was the second collaboration between Kander (music) and Ebb (lyrics). Their other works include Chicago; Flora, The Red Menace; 70, Girls, 70; The Act; The Rink; Steel Pier; and Kiss of the Spider Woman.

Set in pre-war Weimer Berlin, the show follows the fortunes of Sally Bowles, who performs at the infamously decadent Kit Kat Klub. The revival, which has yet to be cast, reunites Norris with designer Katrina Lindsay, who worked on Norris’ production of Market Boy at the National.

Cabaret is produced by Bill Kenwrwight with choreography by Venezuala-born Javier De Frutos.

For more on Cabaret visit or call (0)870890 1107.

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