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   Features  >  LATEST LONDON NEWS

at the Lyric

Published June 10 2008

The London revival of Kander and Ebb's classic musical Cabaret has posted closing notices for June 21, 2008.

Produced by Bill Kenwright , Rufus Norris's production opened at the West End's Lyric Theatre on October 10, 2006 following previews from September 23. The cast featured Anna Maxwell Martin in the role of Sally Bowles.

The current cast includes television actress Amy Nuttall as Bowles and comedy actor Alistair McGowan in the role of the Emcee.

Cabaret was turned into an 8-times Oscar-winning 1972 film, starring Liza Minelli, Michael York and Joel Grey.

Prior to the movie Cabaret opened on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre on November 20, 1966. ( It moved to the Imperial on March 7, 1967.) The musical returned to New York with Sam Mendes's famous Tony-winning production which premiered at London's Donmar Warehouse and starred Alan Cumming and Natasha Richardson in the roles made famous by Grey and Minelli on screen.

Joe Masteroff's book for the musical 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) after Flora the Red Menace, which also starred Minelli. The current London production of their later musical Chicago opened in the West End in November, 1997.


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