The original London production of Kander and Ebb's Cabaret, with Harold Prince reprising his Broadway role as director, opened in 1968 and ran for 336 performances. Cabaret starred Judi Dench (long before she was a "Dame") in her first musical role as the heroine, Sally Bowles. Lila Kedrova, known to movie-goers for her roles in Zorba the Greek and Torn Curtain, is Fraulein Schneider, her first musical role. Also featured is American actor Barry Dennen in his British stage debut as the Kit Kat Klub's gregarious and outrageous Master of Ceremonies. Dennen received the Evening Standard Award for his performance, which led to his role as Pontius Pilate on the original concept recording of Jesus Christ Superstar and its subsequentRead more 1973 film version. Read less
Works on This Recording
Cabaretby John Kander Performer:
Kevin Colson (Voice),
Lila Kedrova (Voice),
Judi Dench (Voice),
Peter Sallis (Voice),
Barry Dennen (Voice)
Don't Tell Mama
It Couldn't Please Me More (Pineapple)
Tomorrow Belongs To me
The Money Song
Why Should I Wake Up?
Finale Act One
If You Could See Her (The Gorilla Song)
What Would You Do?
Average Customer Review: ( 4 Customer Reviews )
The OriginalJuly 2, 2014By zelda a. See All My Reviews"This recording really sounds the way Cabaret should - much better than the overly larded and sentimental movie scoring, this is the tough and wonderfully orchestrated music that Kander and Ebb wrote. Outstanding are the MC, Judy Dench is the best Sally Bowles, who should of course be English since she's "the toast of Mayfair". The Nazi song, "Tomoorow Belongs to Me" is beautifullly done and chilling in the reprieve. Includes songs that were left out in the recent Bway production with Alan Cumming."Report Abuse
HAPPY MEMORIESJanuary 27, 2013By Martin Duncan (London, London)See All My Reviews"In 1968, I was a student on the Technical Course at The London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art in London and was assigned as a student Assistant Stage Manager to this production, from first day of rehearsals to First Night. The production was a transfer from Broadway and Hal Prince arrived after the first two weeks to preside over the production. I had to go out to Soho and buy the cigarette holder that Judi Dench would use in the show as Sally Bowles; I was even allowed to sit 'on the book' for some rehearsals. I am just thrilled that this recording has been reissued again - Judi Dench was heart-breakingly vulnerable & sassy as Sally Bowles - and the whole cast were a delight. It was a privilege to be a tiny part of it."Report Abuse
Best Sally everDecember 29, 2012By Michael K. (Seattle, WA)See All My Reviews"This is worth getting just for Judi Dench's Sally. Sally was not a great singer, or she wouldn't have been in the Kit Kat Club to begin with. And Dench nails the role. (Liza should have listened to this for hints on how to play Sally). This version is grittier than the Broadway recording."Report Abuse
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