Hundreds of NSU community members experienced the latest Premier Series production from the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, the Broadway classic Cabaret. The production’s two-week run began with a sold-out, opening-night performance on November 11 inside the Performance Theatre of the college’s Performing and Visual Arts Wing in the Don Taft University Center.
With music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, Cabaret is set in a seedy Berlin nightclub amid the backdrop of the Nazis’ rise to power. Over the years, the play has won multiple Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards, and Olivier Awards. The college’s production, hosted by the Division of Performing and Visual Arts, featured a cast of undergraduate students from a variety of academic disciplines at NSU.
Exemplifying the college’s multidisciplinary approach to academics, the cast and a group of students explored the historical context of Cabaret in a special lecture led by Stephen Levitt, LL.M., associate professor in the college.
Following the matinee performance on November 13, Levitt presented photos of the places associated with Cabaret and provided the students with an historical view of Berlin during the Weimar Republic, and the events leading to the rise of Hitler’s Third Reich. He also explained how Cabaret’s story and characters are based on two novels by Christopher Isherwood, The Last of Mr. Norris and Goodbye to Berlin. This past fall, Levitt led a first-year seminar on a related subject, Regime Rebellion: Challenging State Authority.
Each year, the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences Division of Performing and Visual Arts presents outstanding theatrical, musical, and dance productions, as well as visual arts exhibitions. These performances and exhibitions serve as co-curricular opportunities for students to gain practical experience, and provide the NSU community with a local resource for educational and entertaining presentations.