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The Making of Cabaret
Keith Garebian
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The Making of Cabaret

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A handy and engaging chronicle, this book is the most detailed production history to date of the original Broadway version of Cabaret, showing how the show evolved from Christopher Isherwood's Berlin stories, into John van Druten's stage play, a British film adaptation, and then the Broadway musical, conceived and directed by Harold Prince as an early concept musical. With ...more
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Published March 16th 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published March 1999)
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Mar 19, 2013 Saskia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Purely wonderful and inspiring, "The Making of Cabaret" is the most beautifully-written academic text I've ever had the pleasure of being consumed by - and consumed I was, fully and unconditionally. The author's passion for theatre, history, and Cabaret in all its forms shines through, amidst an often poetic style of prose. This is the kind of writer I've always wanted to be. I've been inspired by this book, which I felt truly spoke to me, to perhaps research my own favourite (and historically i ...more
Oct 19, 2012 Arturo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very worthwhile book. The new edition published in 2011 contains just about everything you could want to know about Cabaret and the 1930s cabaret scene. In discussing the show the author covers key practitioners from the syllabus of most degrees in drama from the 1980s on. But if you are not interested in the Christopher Isherwood sourcebook Goodbye to Berlin and the Van Druten play I am a camera I suppose this could be a dull read. What is provided here are some sharp insights into th ...more
Mar 04, 2013 Johan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book, but as I have read most of the books quoted by the author, I was ever so slightly disappointed. Nevertheless a good book, especially about the most recent productions.
May 14, 2014 Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an unlikely path for what is now a classic musical. More illustrations (and perhaps some in color) would have been nice.
Jun 15, 2015 Garrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating history of a timeless musical.
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A rather thorough examination of the evolution of Cabaret from Christopher Isherwood's stories about Berlin through John van Druten's stage play and a British film before finally becoming the Broadway musical the impresario Harold Prince developed to change the look of musicals. Lots of good background information for people interested in the history of the musical.
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Keith Garebian is a widely published, award-winning freelance literary and theatre critic, biographer, and poet. Among his many awards are the Canadian Authors Association (Niagara Branch) Poetry Award (2009), the Mississauga Arts Award (2000 and 2008), a Dan Sullivan Memorial Poetry Award (2006), and the Lakeshore Arts & Scarborough Arts Council Award for Poetry (2003).
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