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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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Prince of Broadway

Prince of Broadway

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(p.24) Chapter 2 Prince of Broadway
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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/9780199732494.003.0002

This chapter details Harold Prince's main motive for undertaking the show: the degenerative sociopolitical climate of Berlin in the thirties and the moral questions this provoked even in a contemporary audience. The chapter traces the gradual evolution of the Joe Masteroff libretto, showing radical differences in the three versions (second, rehearsal, final) that are found in the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. The differences extend to the music, characterization, dramatic incidents, and expressionistic devices, with an ever-increasing focus on private lives shaken by events in the public world. Taking up the final version, the chapter analyzes the musical's structure, and it ends with Harold Prince's struggle to find the central metaphor for the show.

Keywords:   political climate, Berlin, thirties, Joe Masteroff, librettos, musical structure, Harold Prince, central metaphor

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