At the close of the 1920s, a garish master of ceremonies at a Berlin nightclub welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, "Cabaret" explores the dark, heady and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich.
Cliff, a young American writer new to Berlin, is immediately taken by English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally’s boarding house, begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered Jewish fruit seller. Musical numbers include "Willkommen," "Cabaret," "Don’t Tell Mama" and "Two Ladies."