Musical Theatre Podcast | Episodes 11, 12, & 13 – Analyzing Cabaret Series

Musical Theatre Podcast | Episodes 11, 12, & 13 – Analyzing Cabaret (Part 1: A History of the Musical)

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In Episodes 11, 12 and 13 of the Take Me To The World Musical Theatre Podcast I do an in-depth analysis of the musical Cabaret. Since this is a series I decided to put theses episodes and their resources in one post. Click on a link to visit that part of the post. You can use the Table of Contents below to visit another part in this post.

Part 1 – A History of the Musical (Episode 11)
Part 2 – Analyzing Act 1 of Cabaret (Episode 12)
Part 3 – Analyzing Act 2 of Cabaret (Episode 13)

For this analysis, I am looking at the 1998 Broadway Revival of Cabaret, although I’ll have resource links to other versions of this musical in the resource section. Episodes 12 and 13 contain major spoilers for Cabaret.

Where to Listen to Episode 11?

If you haven’t heard it yet you can listen to Episode 11 on

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Resources – Music

This has links to the cast recordings/soundtracks that I mentioned in this podcast, as well as to some musical playlists.

It’s Broadway, Bitch – Deezer Playlist. This has over 1700 songs from different musicals. Albums are listed in random order. Some songs contain strong language and subject matter; listener discretion is advised.

Sounds of Broadway. This is an online radio station with over 4600 songs from 560 different musicals. The station also has a great weekly podcast about musicals.

Cabaret (1966 Original Broadway Cast)
Cabaret (1972 Movie Soundtrack)
Cabaret (1998 New Broadway Cast)

Resources – Videos

These are links on Just Watch (unless stated otherwise) for any musicals mentioned in the episode that have a movie adaption or a proshot/filmed live on stage version. Nonmusical movies that exist for these shows may be listed as well.

Cabaret (1972 Movie Adaptation)
Cabaret (1993 London Revival). This is a version on YouTube that was professionally recorded. If you can’t see Cabaret live on stage this version is the closer to the 1998 revival than the 1972 movie adaptation.

Resources – Websites and Apps

Reddit Musicals and Reddit Musical Theatre. Both subreddits are great places to learn about musicals, get tips (if you’re a performer), and to get recommendations on shows to check out.

Broadway Musical Home. This is a great website with a list of over 300 musicals. The Rights page has information on where to get the rights to put on a variety of musicals. Concord Theatricals and Musical Theatre International are the two main companies to license musicals.

Playbill has a listing for shows (musicals and plays) in New York, London and National Tours.

Today Tix has an App for both iOS and Android. You can use the app to buy cheap, same-day tickets for shows in several cities like New York, London, and more. I’ve used this app in London and highly recommend it.

Use the Code JGZYL to save £10 (or $10) on your first order with Today Tix.

Concord Theatricals. This company holds the licensing rights to for the musical Cabaret. If you’re part of a local theatre company you can purchase the rights to put on the musical. You can also get copy of the libretto free for a 2 week period. They have several versions of this musical including the Original 1966 Broadway, the 1987 Revival, and the 1998 Revival.

Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood. This is a link on GoodReads to read the novel Goodbye to Berlin, which eventually led to the musical Cabaret.

I Am A Camera by John Van Druten. Another link on GoodReads to read the play I Am A Camera, which was later adapted into the musical Cabaret.

Are there any other musicals you’d me to do an in-depth analysis on in a future episode?

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