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Helena Mattsson, Donnie S. Ciurea, Patrik Hont and Magnus Sellén do "Havana for a Night" in the cabaret A Little Tribute Westward at the Blue Moon Bar in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2003 (photo from: F.U.S.I.A.).

Cabaret is a form of entertainment featuring comedy, song, dance, and theatre, distinguished mainly by the performance venue—a restaurant or nightclub with a stage for performances and the audience sitting at tables (often dining or drinking) watching the performance being introduced by a master of ceremonies, or MC.

Cabaret also refers to a Mediterranean-style brothel—a bar with tables and women who mingle with and entertain the clientele. Traditionally these establishments can also feature some form of stage entertainment, often singers and dancers.


French cabaret

The first cabaret was opened in 1881 in Montmartre, Paris: Rodolphe Salís' "cabaret artistique." Shortly after it was founded, it was renamed Le Chat Noir (The Black Cat). It became a locale in which up-and-coming cabaret artists could try their new acts.

The Moulin Rouge, built in 1889 in the red-light district of Pigalle near Montmartre, is famous for the large red imitation windmill on its roof.

The Folies-Bergère continued to attract a large number of people even though it was more expensive than other cabarets. People felt comfortable at the cabaret: They did not have to take off their hat, could talk, eat, and smoke when they wanted to, etc. They did not have to stick to the usual rules of society.

At the Folies-Bergère, as in many cafés-concerts, there were a variety of acts: singers, dancers, jugglers, and clowns.

Le Lido, on the Champs-Elysées has been a venue of the finest shows with the most famous names since 1946 including Edith Piaf, Laurel & Hardy, Shirley MacLaine, Elton John, Marlene Dietrich, Maurice Chevalier, and Noel Coward among them.

American Cabaret

In the United States, cabaret diverged into several different styles of performance mostly due to the influence of Jazz Music. Chicago cabaret focused intensely on the larger band ensembles and reached its peak in the speakeasies, and steakhouses (like The Palm) of the Prohibition Era.

New York cabaret never developed to feature a great deal of social commentary. When New York cabarets featured jazz, they tended to focus on famous vocalists like Nina Simone, Bette Midler, Eartha Kitt, Peggy Lee, and Hildegarde rather than instrumental musicians.

Cabaret in the United States began to disappear in the sixties, due to the rising popularity of rock concert shows and television variety shows. The art form still survives in two popular entertainment formats: Stand-up comedy and in the drag show performances.

Cabaret is currently undergoing a renaissance of sorts in the United States, particularly in New Orleans, Seattle, Philadelphia and Portland, as new generations of performers reinterpret the old forms in both music and theatre. Many contemporary cabaret groups in the United States and elsewhere feature a combination of original music, burlesque and political satire, as can be found in such groups as Cabaret Red Light and Leviathan: Political Cabaret.

Dutch cabaret

Herman Finkers during a cabaret show in 2007

In the Netherlands, cabaret or kleinkunst is a popular form of entertainment. In its capital city Amsterdam, there is the Kleinkunstacademie (English: Cabaret Academy). It is often a mixture of (stand up) comedy, theatre, and music.

In the twentieth century, 'the big three' are Wim Sonneveld, Wim Kan, and Toon Hermans. Other popular artists are Youp van 't Hek, Freek de Jonge, Herman Finkers, Brigitte Kaandorp, Bert Visscher, Hans Liberg, Hans Teeuwen, Theo Maassen,Javier Guzman, Herman van Veen, and Paul van Vliet.

German cabaret

German cabaret or Kabarett is a form of political satire that was created at the end of the 19th century.

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Memorable Quotes from Cabaret the Broadway musical



'When I had a man, my figure was dumpy and fat...So what?' -- Fraulein Schneider

This is a censored lyric used on the original cast album. The correct completed lyric is:
When I had a man, my figure was boyish and flat, so what?
Through all of our years he was so disappointed in that, so what?
Now I have what he missed and my bosom is full,
But he lies in a churchyard plot.
If it wasn't to be that he ever would see the abundance of me,
So what? [1]



'You can tell my papa, that's alright, cause he comes in here every night, but don't tell Mama what you saw!' -- Sally Bowles


'I used to pretend I was someone quite mysterious and fascinating. Then I grew up and realized I was mysterious and fascinating' --Sally Bowles


[on Rosie] 'Rosie is so called because of the color of her cheeks!' [slaps Rosie's bottom] --Emcee


[on Lulu] 'Oh, you like Lulu, huh? Yeah? Well too bad! So does Rosie!' --Emcee


[on Frenchie] 'You know, I like to order Frenchie on her side. On your side, FRENCHIE! [Frenchie lays down on her side and pats her private parts]...Just kidding.' --Emcee


[on Texas] 'Yes, Texas is from AMERICA! Mmmhmm. But she's a very cunning linguist!' --Emcee


[on Fritzie] [Fritzie is humping a pole] 'Oh, Fritzie! Would you stop that? Already this week we have lost two waiters, a table, and three bottles of champagne up there like this!' --Emcee


[on Helga] 'Helga is the baby. I am like a father to her! So when she's bad... I spank her. And she's very very very very very very bad!' [spanks her on each 'very'] --Emcee


[singing] 'Beedle dee dee dee! Two Ladies!' -- Emcee, Lulu, Bobby


'At last, someone who cares if I am foolish!' -- Herr Schultz


[singing] 'Oh Fatherland, Fatherland, show us the sign. Your children have waited to see! The morning will come when the world is mine! Tomorrow belongs to ME!' -- Fraulein Kost, Herr Ludwig, the Company


[Fraulein Kost has been caught sneaking sailors out of her room] 'All day, sailors in, out, in, out. God only knows what the neighbors think I run--a BATTLESHIP?' --Fraulein Schneider


[Herr Schultz has been caught coming out of Schneider's room] 'Good evening, Fraulein Schneider. I see we have been busy today, ja?' --Fraulein Kost


[on Schultz] 'He is NOT a German!' --Herr Ludwig

Simple English

Cabaret is a form of entertainment having comedy, song, dance, and theatre. Cabarets are mostly performed in a restaurant or nightclub with a stage for performances and the audience sitting at tables (often dining or drinking) watching the performance. The venue itself can also be called a "cabaret."

The term is a French word for the taprooms or cafés where this form of entertainment was born, as a more artistic form of café-chantant. It comes from Middle Dutch cabret, through Old North French camberette, from Late Latin camera. It essentially means "small room."

Cabaret also refers to a Mediterranean-style brothel — a bar with tables and women who talk, arouse, and entertain the clients. Traditionally these can also have some form of stage entertainment: often singers & dancers — the bawdiness of which varies with the quality of the place. It is the classier, more sophisticated cabaret that eventually engendered the form of place and art form that is the subject of the remainder of this article.

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