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The Making of Cabaret$
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Keith Garebian

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199732494

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732494.001.0001

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Sally Bowles and Berlin

Sally Bowles and Berlin

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(p.3) Chapter 1 Sally Bowles and Berlin
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The Making of Cabaret
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Keith Garebian

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732494.003.0001

This chapter explains how Christopher Isherwood came to write his Berlin stories, the source of his Sally Bowles novella that became the basis for John van Druten's play I Am a Camera (1951) and then Joe Masteroff's libretto for the musical. The chapter supplies a detailed reading of the theme of reality and unreality that is central to Sally Bowles's story; it also draws comparisons and contrasts between the fictional Sally Bowles and her real‐life counterpart, Jean Ross. Moreover, it analyzes the flaws‐mainly distortions in characterization and politics‐in van Druten's play and the 1956 British film adaptation of it, and it shows how Harold Prince became interested in creating the musical.

Keywords:   Christopher Isherwood, Berlin stories, Sally Bowles, Jean Ross, John van Druten, I Am a Camera, Joe Masteroff, Harold Prince

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