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Cabaret (Broadway)

From 11 critic and 670 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Thought-provoking

About the show

Roundabout Theatre Company presents this revival of the Kander and Ebb classic set in Weimar Germany about a doomed love story between a cabaret star and a writer. More…

In 1930s Berlin, British cabaret singer Sally Bowles is the star of the Kit Kat Club. American writer Cliff Bradshaw is in love with her. Their love is tested by the rise of the Nazi Party in late Weimar Germany, as well as Sally's desire to remain there as a performer. Roundabout's production is a revival of the 10-time Tony-winning production directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall.

2h 30m | Already closed | Studio 54 (Midtown W)

The Hollywood Reporter

"Mendes and Marshall have precision-tooled the production so that its hard, diamond edges glisten with sweat and sparkle. Their staging is tight as a drum, underlining the musical's ingenious construction while briskly maneuvering through abrupt modulations of tone." Full Review

Time Out New York

"This Cabaret is a superb production of one of the great Broadway musicals of all time—an exhilarating, harrowing masterpiece." Full Review

USA Today

"Even if you saw it last time, you are strongly advised — no, urged — to return. The reasons to do so include both a familiar face in the cast and a few new ones. Alan Cumming revisits the character with renewed senses of mischief and urgency that will leave you riveted, from the moment he introduces a deliciously bawdy Willkommen to his final, chilling adieu." Full Review

New York Post

"What do you call a revival of a revival? A re-revival? In the case of this “Cabaret,” you just call it fantastic." Full Review

Chicago Tribune

"Mendes' "Cabaret" was, and is, a brilliantly inventive and revealing conception. Then and now." Full Review


"It seemed nuts but proved shrewd of Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall to retool their dazzling 1998 revival of the Kander and Ebb masterpiece, fit Cumming with a new trenchcoat for his triumphant return, and bring the decadent netherworld of 1920s Berlin back to Studio 54, the revival’s ideal venue." Full Review

New York Daily News

"Great musical dramas like “Cabaret” — entertaining, tuneful and illuminating — are all too rare." Full Review

New York Magazine / Vulture

"Is it too much to ask that the current revival of the revisal of the reimagining of the great work still be as good? After all, the Roundabout production opening tonight at Studio 54 is much the same show as the one that closed there ten years ago." Full Review


"Cumming is better than ever. And that freshness is so infectious it spills over into a landmark production that closed in 2004 but feels, with one uneasy exception, as confident -- and about as dangerous -- as if it has been running ever since." Full Review

The New York Times

"Hot diggity dachshund, it’s old home week on the campus at Weimar Berlin, otherwise known as the Kit Kat Klub. And if we take off our glasses and squint, we can pretend that life is just as divinely, dangerously decadent as it was when we were all 16 years younger." Full Review

The Huffington Post

"Of course, there will be two audiences for this revival--the audience that saw it then and the audience that didn't.While the former will probably experience fogged déjà vu, the latter may like what they get. Depending on which audience you fit into, you may want to think before you come to this Cabaret." Full Review

Entertaining, Dizzying, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You love a great Musical. The music and staging is outstanding

Don't see it if ... Can't think of a reason for it but to be seen

Clever, Absorbing, Funny, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you have interest in pre-war Berlin. The show is darkly funny and engaging.

Don't see it if you are sensitive to dark comedy.

Absorbing, Original, Great singing, Great staging, Classic

See it if you want to see one of the best revivals ever.

Don't see it if you don't like the soundtrack.

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Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Resonant, Riveting

See it if You enjoy a great story. Want something a bit rauchy.

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with rauchiness.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if As with "Great Comet",see it if you like bold,innovative musicals with great songs.

Don't see it if You prefer traditional book musicals

Relevant, Must see, Masterful, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if You're into history, 1929 and up, and want to see it from a black box perspective. Also, entrancing, beautiful, haunting music.

Don't see it if The current political scene bothers you too much. It can get very real and VERY sad. This one sticks with you.

Exquisite, Great acting, Must see, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if want to see one of the top five best musicals ever made, not to mention top 2, 3 best male performances in history - Alan C.

Don't see it if you have no taste. Anyone who cannot love Cabaret is dead to me.

Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Raunchy, Hilarious

See it if you like Kander and Ebb and don't mind exploring the darker parts of human nature.

Don't see it if you need a happy ending, are uncomfortable with homosexuality, explicit sex jokes, and period-appropriate anti-Semitism.

Entertaining, Edgy, Great singing, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You love a fabulous show

Don't see it if Don't want to be entertained

Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if I have seen it twice and loved it both times.

Don't see it if You are under 16.

Dizzying, Clever, Enchanting, Exquisite

See it if One of my all time favourite musicals! Cast, score, singing, orchestrations, choreography, set design and lighting, it has it all.

Don't see it if Everyone should see this show!

Absorbing, Clever, Raunchy, Must see, Masterful

See it if you want to go through the whole range of emotions. Cabaret is not only a classic but also dark and hilarious at the same time. A must see.

Don't see it if You're easily offended. Stop being a jerk and go see it. It's worth it.

Entertaining, Enchanting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like a classic with a great script, amazing arrangements, absorbing story and the experience of Studio 54.

Don't see it if i can´t find any reason why anyone wouldn´t like this show, unless you hate music.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you love Kander & Ebb, jazz, history, are a WW2 junkie. LOVED Emma Stone in this!

Don't see it if Nazi Germany and politics make you uncomfortable.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Funny, Edgy, Must see

See it if You love good music

Don't see it if Nazis make you nervous

Clever, Absorbing, Exquisite, Must see, Masterful

See it if Cabaret is a FANTASTIC SHOW. Alan Cumming was freaking amazing! Sienna Miller was great. the ensemble was great. the Kit Kat Klub is awesome

Don't see it if you don't want so see something very sexual and raunchy.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if The show was incredible. The music is clever and fun- I loved the incorporation of the pit into the show.

Don't see it if See it

Enchanting, Exquisite, Must see, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you want to see a classic that's still relevant.

Don't see it if you're a prude.

Clever, Absorbing, Brilliant!

See it if You want to see a great updated revival of a classic. Excellent direction by Sam Mendes. Allan Cummings is superb and cast is excellent.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals with serious subject matter!

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Riveting

See it if Anyone over 14 will love it.

Don't see it if Under 14 too risque

Intense, Profound, Must see, Riveting

See it if You love Bob Fosse, Alan Cumming, and a thought-provoking and intriguing conceptual musical.

Don't see it if You don't like intricate and abstract stories.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Profound, Great staging

See it if you love classic musicals, inventive staging, slightly risque jokes, the 1930s, fun storytelling that also has meaningful points to make.

Don't see it if you don't like risque jokes.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Alan Cumming was FANASTIC!!! So glad I got to see him perform in this wonderful show. Also saw it with Emma Stone who was also amazing!

Don't see it if you aren't into risqué shows

Absorbing, Edgy, Riveting, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You want a musical that goes beyond its catchy songs and dance routines with an intriguing story that will bring you from laughter to tears.

Don't see it if You're offended by risque costumes, dialogue, or sexual innuendos.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Relevant

See it if you like cabaret

Don't see it if you want a lighthearted play

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