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Cabaret : the hidden realities of Berlin in the 1930s

Cabaret was performed at the Tryon Festival Theatre in Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on March 5. The actors were students of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Their excellent acting, set-making and music made the performance perfect.

Written by Aejin Shin

A ticket

The setting for the musical “Cabaret” is the Kit Kat Club in Berlin in the 1930s. This was a period of great historical importance and confusion. The performance vividly shows the suffering of ordinary citizens -including American novelist Cliff and his roommate Sally- because of the change in a country’s political ideology and confusion. It showed a part of ordinary life through historical events and some sensitive topics such as eroticism, sex and homosexuality. It begins with an American writer named Cliff traveling to Germany to get the inspiration that he needed to write his novel.

waiting for the start of the performance with the booklet

Music

In Cabaret, music helps to deliver the characters’ messages. This is definitely a kind of musical, so it’s meaningless to discuss the show without music. However, Cabaret’s music is quite different from the usual musicals’ composition. Ordinary musicals play romantic songs that contrast with miserable plots, making audiences forget about the difficulties of reality. However, most of the songs played in the performance do not make the audience forget the miserable reality, but make them feel more afraid of the Nazism. For example, with the ending song, ‘Farewell’, one can fully guess that Cabaret’s audience is no longer ordinary public but Nazi party members.

Overall, the songs played during the show are typical jazz and swing in the 1920s and 30s. Also, the characters sing about what they want – love, a beautiful future, and their own beliefs. Every character wants different things, but the energy they emit in an unstable, dangerous, finite life touched me so much. I like the music because it was quite emotional, so it sets the mood, and I can understand what the characters feeling through the music. Also, the music was catchy. So, I could sing it after the performance ended.

the atmosphere was exciting, and people there were anticipating the performance.

Set

This set shows Berlin at that time very effectively. Two structures rotated and showed new backgrounds. These rotations made a variety of sets, including nightclubs, housing complexes, trains, apartments and fruit shops. This allowed the transition between scenes to be natural.

the band plays on stage

The performance was a combination of funny and sexual comedies and exaggerated expressions. Complex set designs and perfect music allow the audience to focus more on the performance. This performance was more on the love story between people in 1920s and 30s and their lives rather than the big history like WW1 and Nazis, and it makes the performance more interesting. I would like to recommend this performance to everyone!

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome to Cabaret

Cabaret was performed on Friday night, March 6 2020, in the Tryon Festival Theatre. Set in the new year of 1930, the audience was met with a risqué performance in a controversial era of Berlin, Germany.

Written By Zackarya Faci

Cabaret was a musical performance that brought to life some key aspects of history but mainly focused on telling a story of love and lust. It was set in a time period that “could have gone another way”, according to the director. Overall, the performance provided insight into how free and scandalous lives were for some Germans prior to the rise of the Nazi Party.

The musicians practicing before the performance began.
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Cabaret: A Glimpse At a Historical Turning Point

On March 7th, the world-famous musical Cabaret was performed at the Tryon Festival Theatre of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The background of the story is Berlin from 1929 to 1930. It began with an American novelist traveling to Berlin seeking inspiration for his novel. By depicting the fate of the characters at that very moment of history, it told a story that is touching and thought-provoking, and a tale that depicts fantasy and reality.

Written by Yushan Guo

The curtain right before the musical began
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Cabaret: A Story of Love, Dreams, and Reality

A story that begins with a novelist seeking inspiration takes lots of twists and turns as he settles in Berlin, Germany. There he meets people who affect his life and influence his next story.

By Moises Sedano

The entrance to the Krannert Center where the performance took place.
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Carbaret: An Emphasis on the Humanity of Life

Cabaret, a world renowned Broadway musical, was performed at the Tryon Festival Theatre in Krannert Center for the Performing Arts this last Friday. The cast of the play Cabaret set out to give the audience a thrilling yet unique experience through perfect performance, further enhanced by amazing music and set pieces.

Written by Weon Taek Na

Figure 1: Cabaret Cover
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Wilkommen! Bienvenue! Welcome! – Cabaret

By Jiaxuan Meng

On the evening of March 6th, 2020, Cabaret, a famous Broadway musical which includes smoke, haze, violence, nudity, and profanity was performed in Krannert Center for Performing Arts to celebrate Krannert Center’s 50-year partnership with School of Music, Illinois.

Theatre, dance, and music present the joint production of cabaret.

This musical is based on a book by Joe Masteroff and a play by John Van Druten. Stories are based on a novel Christopher Isherwood and the fascinating music come from John Kander with lyrics by Fred Ebb.

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Life is a “Cabaret”

Cabaret is a really popular Broadway musical, based on 1951 John Van Druten’s play I Am a Camera. To celebrate Krannert Center’s 50-year partnership with the school of music, school faculty and students bring their talent and expertise to this ironic work, Cabaret, on March 6, Tryon Festival Theatre.

Written By Bingchen Li

Music in the show

The timeline background for Cabaret is from 1929-1930, the time Nazi still not powered German. A young American novelist, Cliff, traveled to German and try to look for something to write. Before he moved to German, the host for Kit Kat Club performed a “welcome song”, which is composed of three languages, French, German, and English. The host said, “In here, life is beautiful, girls are beautiful, even the orchestra is beautiful… we have no troubles here… leave the trouble outside…” it implied that before world war II, Berlin was still peaceful, and it was an international metropolis that lots of people from other countries come and go. Also, it set a very important background for the Kit Kat Club, it is an indecent but popular cabaret.

Warm-up rehearsal before the performance
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The Tale of Cabaret

The cast of the play Cabaret set out to deliver a wonderfully unique performance filled with spinning set pieces and music that only enhanced the performance.

Written by Willa Wu

The play Cabaret is set in Berlin, Germany, from 1929 to 1930.  Initially, I was a bit surprised at the choice in the time period.  After all, this was before Hitler’s rise, and after the financial crash of 1929.  However, the director’s note in the program provided insight on the choice; the “in-between” space, as Latrelle Bright, the director calls it, is “a space where one can almost imagine maybe, it could have gone another way.”  The play, although set during a time where the Nazis held some power, focused rather on the love triangle that was created. 

The night’s ticket stub and the entrance of the Tryon Festival Theatre.
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*MAKEUP* Gates Of Heaven

Michael Barenboin and the West Eastern Divan Ensemble: A two-hour performance that sounds like you’re coming home.

Written by Jackie Dominguez De Paz

            There is quote by Ryunosuke Satoro that says, “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean”. I believe this quote perfectly describes The Western Divan Ensemble orchestra led by Michael Barenboin. There is no doubt that every player within the orchestra is unbelievably talented, however when they come together, it sounds like what I would imagine the gates of heaven opening to sound like.

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The Voices of Anna Deavere Smith and Julia Wolfe (Make-up)

Anna Deveare Smith and Julia Wolfe spoke at the CultureTalk at Krannert Center for Performing Arts on Wednesday, February 19th. Anna is an accomplished playwright and actress and Julia is a renown composer. Both are also well-known educators in the artist community.

Written by Weon Taek Na

My ticket to the CultureTalk with Deavere and Wolfe
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