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Cabaret: The New Broadway Cast Recording (1998 Broadway Revival) [Cast Recording]

Cabaret (Related Recordings), Alan Cumming, Ron Rifkin, Mary Louise Wilson, Fred Ebb, Natasha Richardson, John KanderAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (June 30, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: RCA Victor Broadway
  • ASIN: B000007QGL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
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1. Willkommen
2. So What
3. Don't Tell Mama
4. Mein Herr
5. Perfectly Marvelous
6. Two Ladies
7. It Couldn't Please Me More
8. Tomorrow Belongs To Me
9. Maybe This Time
10. Money
11. Married
12. Tomorrow Belongs To Me (Reprise)
13. Entr'Acte
14. Married (Reprise)
15. If You Could See Her
16. What Would You Do?
17. I Don't Care Much
18. Cabaret
19. Finale

Editorial Reviews

The 1998 Broadway production of Cabaret is that rarest of revivals, one that feels like an utterly new show. Despite their incredibly familiarity, the songs of Kander and Ebb sound as lively and lascivious as ever, and the revised score augments the original with several tunes written specifically for the Oscar-winning 1972 film ("Mein Herr," "Maybe This Time"). In the central roles of deluded chanteuse Sally Bowles and the MC, respectively, Natasha Richardson and Alan Cumming have big pumps to fill; they successfully do so with distinctive flair, eschewing the ham-fisted tendencies of Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey to impart this complicated yet enthralling vision of 1930s Berlin with a fiercely individual spirit. --Kurt B. Reighley


Natasha Richardson's modest Sally Bowles quite resembles originator Jill Haworth's, making Liza the anomaly. The new disc is splendid.... -- Entertainment Weekly

Natasha Richardson, as Berlin nightclub singer Sally Bowles, has none of the emotional neediness Liza Minnelli came by so naturally. Alan Cumming makes a suitably decadent Emcee, but without the undertones of menace mustered by Joel Grey. -- People

On CD, as on stage, individual performances are a mixed bag. Some may not enjoy Natasha Richardson's vibratoless shout (her character, Sally Bowles, isn't supposed to be talented), though as a stylist she comes through well in "Maybe This Time." Alan Cumming's sexual Emcee registers almost too brilliantly: His highly inflected performance may not wear well on repeated hearings. -- USA Today

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new spin on a classic musical July 7, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
The current Broadway revival of Kander and Ebb's 1966 musical CABARET is not entirely faithful to the original production. Some changes are based on Bob Fosse's 1972 film version, while others date from more recent revivals. Gone are the songs: "Meeskite", "Why Should I Wake Up?" and "The Telephone Song" and the film's "Money Money" has replaced the original show's "Money Song" - but we gain from the addition of "Mein Herr" and "Maybe This Time" from the film score, and "I Don't Care Much" cut from the original show during previews.
Natasha Richardson handles Sally's songs well - but not too well: You never lose sight of the fact that Sally is a second rate singer in a tacky Cabaret. John Benjamin Hickey isn't given a lot to do on the recording: Aside from a few lines of dialogue he shares but one duet with Ms.Richardson. Pity, as he seems to exhibit a fine singing voice.
The real star of the disc is Tony winner Alan Cumming as the Emcee: Comic and terrifying all at once. While Joel Grey presented a leering Emcee, Cumming is much darker: more decadent - Listen to him relish the word "beautiful" not once but three times in a row during the opening number..
Lotte Lenya brought such depth to the characterization of Frau Schneider, that others have paled in her wake, but Mary Louise Wilson gives the character a quiet dignity and resists any temptation to mimic her celebrated predecessor.
RCA Victor has again done an outstanding cast recording capturing the look and sound of one of Broadway's biggest hits. The accompanying booklet offers several color shots of the production and all the lyrics - but, unfortunately, no synopsis to provide the uninitiated with any kind of story link.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Cast Recording June 21, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I had heard a lot about Cabaret but until I discovered that Natasha Richardson and Alan Cummings had the starring roles, I never really felt tempted to hear it or really wondered what the production was all about. Now, to my despair, I have heard it but will continue to wonder what it is truly all about.
I have never seen a production of Cabaret being performed, to my utter regret. Especially now, after hearing this wonderful recording, I wish that I had had the opportunity. Richardson and Cummings display such tremendous talent on the recording alone that it makes the listener wish to view their performance on stage.
Cummings's Emcee is joyous and dark. He is, as another reviewer wrote, clearly decadent. But his decadence does not transgress the garishly cheerful atmosphere of the Kit Kat Klub. "Wilkommen" is without a doubt one of the most memorable tracks on this album and serves the dual purpose of welcoming both the visitors to the club as well as the listener who can only visualize, through the voice of the Emcee, what is taking place. "Wilkommen" provides a terrific introduction to a place where you can truly forget your troubles for a while.
Richardson, in her role as Sally Bowles, gives a stirring performance of a second rate performer. Sally Bowles is not a great singer and Richardson never lets us forget it. And yet, we can't help but be moved by the sense of hope she carries about her that is most aptly conveyed in the selection, "Maybe". Sally Bowles may not be a great singer but the listener comes to realize very quickly that it takes the talent of a great one in order to portray the role of a bad one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bienvenue to the new November 30, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Right, so most people usually wait til they have seen the particular broadway show BEFORE picking up the disc. However, I thought it would be well worth it to do the reverse. Is it? You bet!
The usual problem with revivals is that everyone is on tetherhooks wondering, "Do we really need an update?" When you think of landmark musicals, the 1972 version with Joel Grey springs to mind. However, the new cast does the material justice.
Brit actor Alan Cumming does the (nearly) impossible of improving the Emcee. Rather, he brings his own vocal style, which comes across on audio. Tracks like "Wilkommen" and "Two Ladies" feature the mask that the Emcee shows to the world: "I run the world, and everyone else are my understudies". However, a track like "I Don't Care Much" shows him as he truly is: a person afraid to open the club doors and face the world.
Natasha Richardson puts her limited vocal range through its paces. Her Sally Bowles is brave to the last, even when she returns to the club in 1930. Where she used to be brash ("Mein Herr", "Don't Tell Mama"), she is now somewhat wiser ("Cabaret"). She knows life provides its own surprises, and you've little choice, but to endure.
Ron Rifkin and Mary Louise Wilson's Fraulein Schneider and Herr Schultz, respectively, prove to be poignant, even as the world begins to fall down round their ears (the brick through the window in "Married" (reprise). Wilson's smoky voice shows Schneider as a tough old woman, who isn't afraid to give you the boot if you annoy her ("So What").
The entire cast is great, and does this revival justice. Though I'd recommend your seeing the show (just so you can visualise the action inbetween songs), it isn't necessary. At the very least, hearing this disc should whet your appetite to snag a ticket and see a live performance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I bought this because of Alan Cumming
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life is a Cabaret and so is this CD!
I came across this CD years ago and absolutely loved it the moment I listened to it. I had a bit of a decision on which version of the CD to get when I shopped for Cabaret. Read more
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The original broadway version features so many songs that were left out of the Joel Grey, Lisa Minelli film which was just WONDERFUL... Read more
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