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Cabaret: The Illustrated Book and Lyrics Hardcover – June 3, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Newmarket Press; First Edition edition (June 3, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557043833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557043832
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

For those who just can't get enough of the Broadway revival of Cabaret, this lavishly illustrated book may be a dream come true. Cabaret: The Illustrated Book and Lyrics is a guide to the complete lyrics of the Broadway show, filled with plenty of photos from the production and scattered with notes and reviews from cast and critics alike. Alan Cumming gets the lion's share of attention here, both in striking photographs and in the form of a short diary excerpt he wrote during his NYC debut as the emcee. A few vintage photos from the original Cabaret production, the original watercolor costume designs by William Ivey Long, and the interior layout of the Kit Kat Klub fill out this impressively designed package. But the gorgeous shots of Cumming and Natasha Richardson really steal the show, making us remember why Cabaret is one Broadway revival that actually succeeded. --Jason Verlinde

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One of the hottest tickets on Broadway last season was the breathtaking revival of the musical Cabaret, which featured incomparable--and Tony-awarded--performances by Alan Cumming as the master of ceremonies and Natasha Richardson as Sally Bowles. Cabaret is rooted in Christopher Isherwood's wonderful book The Berlin Stories, in which the late British writer immaculately captured Weimar Germany of the 1930s. After several stage and movie permutations, voila!--the current revival that set the New York theater community on its ear. The complete musical book and all the lyrics have been put together in this arresting volume, along with production and backstage photographs and archival material. What we have preserved, then, is a moment in Broadway history that will resonate for years to come. Brad Hooper

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By saria on February 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is the next best thing to seeing Cabaret in studio 54! Pictures of the Roundabout theater production light up this book and tells the story of the revived new musical. This book does not tell the story of the Liza Minelli version, or any of the other Cabaret versions, but of that of the revival. I have seen the new production in person, and can only say that this is the next best thing...and the book even has the whole libretto in it!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Denise M. Haggerty on December 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I've seen the movie, the revival, and I remember the original production with Joel Grey from my childhood....but nothing ever beats the book! A complete script, with stage directions and brilliantly captured moments of the play; a thick and hearty slice of life backstage at one of Broadway's most fun and intriguing shows-- get it now!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marie L on May 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is absolutely delicious. It is filled with gorgeous, glossy photos of the entire beautiful cast, with lots of attention paid to my favorite, Alan Cumming. This book is a must have for any Cabaret fanatic. Even my roommate, who isn't really a fan, couldn't help but read it cover to cover! This book is breathtaking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BJBaker on May 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
For a used book, this edition was in outstanding condition. It looked virtually brand new. And a completely unadvertised bonus was the fact that it was autographed by the late Natasha Richardson, who played Sally Bowles in this production! Superb surprise.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Littel on November 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book because my school was doing a production of Cabaret- and it came in handy! Many cast members referred to the excellent pictures for make-up/costume appearances. The pictures in the book are unique- I have yet to come across many of them online or elsewhere. The best part of the book is most certainly the entire script!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D E Bauer on May 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I just got this book. It is so neat. I couldn't stop reading it. I love Broadway shows, and this book tells so much that I want to know. The pictures in this book are also great! I have yet to see the show but this book almost makes you feel right in the theater. I fyou want a goog Braodway book, this is a VERY good choice!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nanci (raider81@earthlink.net) on June 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I was delighted to have this book arrive in the mail one day because I knew I would love it completely, being a big fan of Kander and Ebb as well as Alan Cumming. When I opened the box I wondered if there would be any pictures of Alan. Sure enough, the cover page has a stage hand painting Mr. Cumming's nipples. Already delighted, I continued to read. When I finished I was so pleased. I was left with the wonderful uneasy feeling you get from reading about the immoral Sally Bowles and sadness from the thought that there was no more to read. Kander and Ebb wrote this beautiful musical/play and I am ever so ecstatic to now own a beautiful printing of it. Unfortunately, I was unable to visit New York to See Alan Cumming and Natasha Richardson in Cabaret, but now I have pictures of the show to keep me company. I think any Broadway fan or any person that enjoys a good story should purchase this book. It does justice to the original play in ways the movie never could.
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Format: Hardcover
I feel that the book is an excellent manual documenting the brilliant production of CABARET by one of the great theatrical directors of our times. Sam Mendes. It is readible; it's well laid out;includes personal comments and historical facts and notes/interviews; and is an interesting insight into how the show was staged including costume sketches, the conversion of the former NY Studio 54 into a "classy" cabaret, etc. The photographer brings all contents to life and the whole work borders on being a topnotched manual of all theatrical arts.
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