Cabaret ★★★★½

Cabaret is one of my favorite musicals. The film and stage versions mix together a powerful concoction of striking imagery, an ominous sense of dread, relevant political commentary, and some of the most iconic and catchy musical numbers of the last century. In doing so, Cabaret not only makes one aware of the rise of fascism in Germany, but also asks the audience to consider how easy it would be for a Nazi-like movement to arise anywhere in the world.

I ran a soundboard for a production of the stage version of this musical a few years back; while I'm slightly disappointed that the film dropped some of my favorite songs from the production, especially "It Couldn't Please Me More" (the pineapple song), the core of the musical remains poignant and daring, especially for 1972, and is worth your time.

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