Cabaret FAQ

All That's Left to Know About the Broadway and Cinema Classic

Series: FAQ
Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books
Format: Softcover
Author: June Sawyers

The book features chapters on Jean Ross and Christopher Isherwood – the real people behind the singular characters of Sally Bowles and Clifford Bradshaw/Brian Roberts – and includes background information on the original source material, Isherwood's Goodbye to Berlin stories and the first time Sally Bowles, as portrayed by Julie Harris, appeared onstage and on the big screen in John Van Druten's I Am a Camera. It also explores the stories behind the figure of the outlandish Emcee as well as the actors who played him, from Joel Grey to Alan Cumming. And it studies the famous musical score by John Kander and Fred Ebb and looks into the burlesque roots of director Bob Fosse in his native Chicago. Throughout the book, the author makes connections and associations to Cabaret by looking at such diverse topics as the first cabarets in Paris, Cabaret Voltaire and Dada, early Berlin cabarets during the Weimar Republic, German expressionism, the Bauhaus, Marlene Dietrich and The Blue Angel, David Bowie's many German influences, and the present and future of modern cabaret. Cabaret FAQ is the definitive guide for all fans of the Broadway musical and movie as well as for fans of the art form known as cabaret.

$19.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00153545
ISBN: 9781495051449
UPC: 888680096199
Width: 6.0"
Length: 9.0"
342 pages

Reviews

“It turns out that there is indeed quite a bit left to know about the iconic musical of stage and screen, and this latest entry in Applause's FAQ series delivers it with style...Recommended for musical-theater fans, cinema buffs, and denizens of a cabaret near you.” – Booklist

“One of the smartest and best researched books I've read in a long time. Brilliantly done.” – Arnie Bernstein, author of Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund

[Sawyers is] “one of the rare people who understands that 'cabaret' is a very open concept, unrestricted by genres. Should be part of the canon on what cabaret actually is.” – Mick Archer, singer, pianist, cabaret performer

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