“Playwright’s Note: There is no curtain. As the audience enters the theatre, the stage is bare and dark. Street lamps on both sides of the stage recede dimly into the distance. A large mirror hanging center stage reflects the auditorium, thus allowing the audience to see itself.”
A sign is illuminated in the darkness: “Cabaret,” it reads. A spotlight comes up on the Kit Kat Klub’s Master of Ceremonies, a “bizarre little figure - much lipstick, much rouge, patent-leather hair parted in the middle,” The Emcee. He greets the audience and welcomes them to the strange world of the Cabaret, where you can forget about all of your troubles, where “life is beautiful” and “the girls are beautiful.” As the Cabaret Girls are introduced one by one, they begin to join the Emcee in welcoming the audience to the Cabaret, dancing seductively whilst singing the refrain of “Willkommen”.
We are now in a compartment of a European railway train en route to Berlin from Paris. Clifford