CABARET

"There was a cabaret, and there was a master of ceremonies... and there was a city called Berlin, in a country called Germany...and it was the end of the world." These are the words that character Cliff Bradshaw begins writing as his train pulls out of Berlin Station in the final scenes of CABARET. Based on the John Van Druten play of 1951 "I Am A Camera" (itself based on the Christopher Isherwood book "Goodbye To Berlin), CABARET tells the story of penniless songstress Sally Bowles and the Kit Kat Klub where she works and her relationship with aspiring American author Cliff Bradshaw. At the same time, it tells the story of the residents of a Berlin rooming house during the rise of the Nazis and beginning threats of war. The songs sung by the emcee all tie to parts of the action outside the club. Sally moves in with Cliff..."Two Ladies". Sally and Cliff are running low on cash..."Sitting Pretty/Money". The Nazis are coming to power..."Tomorrow Belongs To Me". Fraulein Schneider and Heir Schultz realize there is a problem with a German marrying a Jew..."If You Could See Her (The Gorilla Song)". Through it all, Sally tries to maintain her belief that all will be well with the world and puts all of that into the title song "Cabaret". The show ends on a question mark...not on a happy note...fortunately or unfortunately, we know the answer to the question.

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CABARET full cast




Emcee

About the Costume
As the show opens, the emcee is wearing a full tailcoat tuxedo. As the show progresses, his tie and vest change.

About the Character
The emcee is a character who ties all of the action together and mirrors in the Kit Kat Club all of the things that are going on in the outside world.

Pricing
Tuxedos including jacket, pants, shirt, tie, and vest rent for $65 - $100. Extra vest/tie rent in the range of $10 - $20.

Options
There are other ways to dress this character, and we could costume him for you in those other ways.





Cliff Bradshaw

About the Costume
Cliff is wearing a light colored suit of the period with shirt, tie and fedora.

About the Character
Cliff is a American writer who has come to Berlin for inspiration in writing his novel. Cliff has to come to terms with his homosexuality as well as his infatuation with Sally Bowles and the decadence of life in Berlin.

Pricing
Period suits range in price from $55 - $100. Fedoras rent for $10 - $20.

Options
Cliff could additionally have a trench coat for travel. Trench coats rent for $20 - $35. Often he is also given a second suit for other scenes.





Sally Bowles

About the Costume
Sally makes her entrance in the number "Don't Tell Mama" and is wearing a a black beaded dress with black and fuschia chiffon skirt with matching scarf and a sequin beret.

About the Character
Sally is a woman who believes that life is one big party...probably being held in her honor. She drifts from man to man and place to place. When we meet her, she is working in The Kit Kat Club in Berlin just prior to WWII. She is living with the owner of the club, but soon breaks that off and moves in with our hero, Cliff Bradshaw.

Pricing
This particular dress rents for $75 including the sequin beret and scarf.

Options
Other costumes are available for this character.





Sally Bowles

About the Costume
Sally is wearing a black glittered fitted gown for the title song "Cabaret".

About the Character
Singing her final number in the show, Sally tells everyone that she still believes that life is a party that will go on forever. "Start by admitting from cradle to tomb...it isn't that long a stay...Life is a cabaret, old chum...It's only a cabaret, old chum...and I love a C-A-B-A-R-E-T!"

Pricing
This particular gown rents for $60.

Options
There are many other options for Sally's costume for this number. Prices range from $50 - $125.





Kit Kat Girls

About the Costume
The girls each have a different "look". The various outfits consist of shorts, garter shorts, top, and hat.

About the Character
These are the chorus girls who perform in the Kit Kat Club.

Pricing
These costumes rent for $35 - $50.

Options
Hosiery available for purchase.





Kit Kat Girls -- Act II Opening

About the Costume
The girls are wearing red corsets with their garter shorts and what appear to be cloche hats with flower ornaments.

About the Character
Chorus girls at the Kit Kat Club...each and everyone a virgin.

Pricing
Corsets rent in the range of $25 - $50. Cloche hat/helmet rent for $10 each.

Options
These blonde wigs are available for purchase.





Kit Kat Girls -- MC Reveal

About the Costume
Emcee also has one of these costumes.

About the Character
Suddenly one of the Kit Kat Girls removes her wig and hat and reveals herself to be the emcee.

Pricing
Corsets rent for $25 - $50. Hat/helmet rents for $10.

Options
Blonde wig available for purchase.





Kit Kat Girls -- Stormtroopers

About the Costume
Same costume. Girls reach up and pull flower off of hat and turn hats around to reveal that they are stormtrooper helmets.

About the Character
The girls and the emcee form a "goose step" line.

Pricing
Pricing coming soon!

Options
Options coming soon!





Ernst

About the Costume
Ernst is wearing his traveling suit with a trench coat and hat.

About the Character
Ernst befriends Cliff on the train ride into Berlin. He explains to Cliff that he travels out of Germany for various reasons on business and tells him that he can make money working as a courier for Ernst. Ernst becomes a pupil of English and studies with Cliff. Cliff makes trips to bring money into the country for Ernst until it is revealed that Ernst is a Nazi.

Pricing
Period suits rent for $55 - $100. Trench coats rent for $20 - $35. Men's hats rent for $10 - $20.

Options
Options coming soon!





Frau Schneider

About the Costume
Frau Schneider is wearing a flowered housedress and an apron when she shows Cliff the room she has to rent.

About the Character
Frau Schneider is the landlady of a not so prosperous boarding house in Berlin. She laments the fact that she was once wealthy but is now poor and must work for a living.

Pricing
Period dresses of this type rent for $35 - $50. Aprons rent in the range of $10 - $20.

Options
Frau Schneider can have several changes of costume including a day dress for "The Pineapple Song" and an evening dress for the engagement party.





Herr Schultz

About the Costume
Herr Schultz is wearing a 3 piece tweed suit of the period.

About the Character
Herr Schultz is a German born Jew who runs a fruit market. He is courting Frau Schneider.

Pricing
Three piece period suits rent in the range of $65 - $110.

Options
Herr Schultz can have more than one suit as well as some partial changes.





Fraulein Kost

About the Costume
Fraulien Kost is wearing a navy blue dress with large light blue flowered print for the engagement party.

About the Character
Fraulien Kost is a prostitute who brings her clients to her room in Frau Schneider's boarding house making her the bane of Schneider's existence. At the engagement party, she sings the haunting "Tomorrow Belongs To Me" to entice Ernst to stay.

Pricing
Dresses of this type rent in the $35 - $50 range.

Options
Fraulein Kost also has nightclothes that she is seen wearing with her "nephews" and usually also has a day dress.





TOMORROW BELONGS TO ME

About the Costume
Waitresses are wearing red jackets, white vests, black skirts and bow ties. Waiters are wearing red jackets, white shirts, black pants and bow ties. Maitre'D is dressed in tuxedo. Emcee is seemingly caught while changing...being partially out of costume and removing makeup.

About the Character
Starting with a single voice and building till all are singing, the group sings the haunting melody of "Tomorrow Belongs To Me".

Pricing
Tuxedos rent in the range of $60 - $100. Waiter or waitress outfits of this type rent for $50 each.

Options
Options coming soon!





SITTING PRETTY / MONEY

About the Costume
Emcee dons a green sparkly vest and bow tie. The Kit Kat Girls are also wearing green sparkly vests.

About the Character
The Emcee and Kit Kat Girls sing a combination of "Sitting Pretty" from the original Broadway version of CABARET and the song "Money" from the movie version of the show.

Pricing
Emcee vest rents for $20. Kit Kat Girl vests rent for $15 each.

Options
Options coming soon!





TWO LADIES

About the Costume
Girls are wearing short beer wench costumes with long blonde braided wigs. Emcee is wearing a red vest to match the girls.

About the Character
This song speaks of the "naughty" idea of two women living with the same man...this mirrors the fact that Cliff and Sally are living together in as Sally says "delicious sin".

Pricing
Vests of this type rent for $10 - $20. Beer wench costumes rent for $35 - $50. Long braided wigs of this type rent for $25.

Options
Wigs are also available for purchase.





IF YOU COULD SEE HER

About the Costume
Gorilla suit with bright pink bra, petticoat, and oversize ballet slippers.

About the Character
Reflecting the idea that Jews are seen as "different", the emcee sings of how people look down on he and his girlfriend who, if we looked through his eyes, would "not look Jewish at all".

Pricing
This costume consisting of gorilla suit, head, hands, pink bra, pink petticoat and handbag rents for $125.

Options
Options coming soon!