Cabaret is a play that makes your troubles melt away

Jennifer Fink, 22, communications, first appears as Sally in the musical Cabaret. (Alyssa Hunter)

Nicole Bullard

The Cabaret premiered on Friday and grabbed the attention of many. Its vibrantly colorful sets and charming actors gave the whole show an over-all gaudy charm.

The show was set in Berlin, Germany when the Nazis’ power was beginning to escalate and cause rifts in the fabric of the European society.

The show is a musical, and the actors sang in almost every scene. The songs ranged from loud and extravagant to sweet and delicate.

The show mainly focuses on an American writer who travels to the city of Berlin to find an inspiring place to write his novel. Unfortunately, he does not find what he was looking for.

Enthralled by the exciting night club, the Cabaret, the aspiring writer meets a young and gorgeous girl who works at the nightclub. She is mysterious, charming, and an immediate distraction to the young American writer.

Throughout the show there are different European lifestyles portrayed. These various perspectives on life are lined up for the audience to see.

There’s the starving writer who visits Berlin for the first time, the mysterious Cabaret girls, and the landlady who never married and likely never will because her true love is Jewish.

There is even the perspective of a young German man who supports the Nazi party and constantly smuggles mysterious packages to Berlin.

All these characters capture the attention of the audience and send a message about what it was like in Europe during World War II.

The Nazis may have become an oppressive political power, but people were still seeking the life they had been dreaming of. That is, they did until the war became far worse.

The American dream is emphasized in this show, the dream of becoming something “larger than life” and find success.

The stability of the characters is emphasized, because the rising oppression of the Nazis effected many people and their idea of a stable and safe lifestyle.

The American writer believes he can still write amongst the temptations of the Cabaret, while the Cabaret girls believe politics have “nothing to do with them.” The young man who sided with Nazi Germany believes he is fighting for a noble cause.

All these characters co-exist with each other to form an account of the lives effected by Nazi prejudice and political lies.

The show was entertaining and inspiring, with it’s ability to capture the audiences attention and also its recognition of historical events.

Overall the show was beautiful and definitely worth seeing. 

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