Musical Theatre Podcast | Episodes 11, 12, & 13 – Analyzing Cabaret Series (Part 1 – A Brief History of the Musical Cabaret)
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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 also use the Table of Contents below to visit another part in this post.
Part 1 – A Brief History of the Musical Cabaret (Podcast Episode 11)
Part 2 – Analyzing Act 1 of Cabaret (Podcast Episode 12)
Part 3 – Analyzing Act 2 of Cabaret, and Some of Its Characters and Themes (Podcast 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 Cabaret in the resource section. There are major spoilers for the musical in episodes 12 and 13.
Where to Listen to Episode 11?
If you haven’t heard it yet you can listen to Episode 11 on Podcasts.com
Resources – Music
This has links (mostly on Deezer, unless otherwise stated) 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 I’ve either seen or have listened to obsessively. Most of the playlist is from stage musicals, but I have a few movie musicals and musical TV shows on here as well. Albums are in random order. Some songs contain strong language and subject matter, so listener discretion is advised.
Sounds of Broadway. This is an online radio station with over 4600 songs from 560 different musicals. It’s a fun way to listen to musicals you know and discover some musicals you may have never heard of before. The station also has a great weekly podcast about musicals.
Resources – Videos
Cabaret (1993 London Revival). This is a version on YouTube that was professionally recorded. If you are unable to see a production of Cabaret live on stage this version is closer to the 1998 revival than the 1972 movie adaptation. Unfortunately, this is the only place I’ve been able to find this version of Cabaret.
Resources – Websites and Apps
Reddit Musicals and Reddit Musical Theatre. Both of these subreddits are great places to go if you want to talk 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 resource for anyone who loves musicals. They have an alphabetical list of over 300 musicals, and you can look up musicals by different categories like “based on a book” and “based on real life.” For anyone or any theatre company looking to put on a musical, you can check out the Rights page, which has information on where to get the rights to put on a variety of 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 cities like New York, London, Toronto, Chicago, and several others. I used this app with great success in London and highly recommend it.
Concord Theatricals. This is the company with the licensing rights to put on the musical Cabaret. You can rent a free copy of the libretto 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?