Folies-Bergère, Paris • 3 July 2007 • 8pm
Music by John Kander. Lyrics by Fred Ebb, adapted into French by Éric Taraud. Book by Joe Masteroff, based on John Van Druten & Christopher Isherwood, adapted into French by Jacques Collard.
Directed by BT McNicholl, after Sam Mendes & Rob Marshall’s original staging. With Fabian Richard (the Master of Ceremonies), Claire Pérot (Sally Bowles), Sylvie Neyraut (Fraulein Schneider), Pierre Reggiani (Herr Schultz), Geoffroy Guerrier (Clifford Bradshaw), Patrick Mazet (Ernst Ludwig), Delphine Grandsart (Fraulein Kost)…
At last Sam Mendes’ brilliant staging of Cabaret has come to Paris, to the perfectly wonderful Folies-Bergère, which couldn’t be more appropriate. Although it has a few weaknesses, this production is mostly a fine recreation of a thrilling concept. The end result is exhilarating and shows that the dire fate of musicals in Paris is by no means unavoidable.