It's 1931, and Germany has been suffering for the past dozen years - the after-effects of WWI with the treaty terms imposed on them by the victorious allies, the most severe effects of a world wide depression and an inflation that wiped out fortunes as easily as chalk off a board. But in the Kit Kat Klub, the hottest (if not the classiest) nightspot in all Berlin, people aren't concerned about that. Outside Hitler and Nazism may be on the rise, and people my shiver and go hungry, but inside, as the charismatic and slightly mysterious Master of Ceremonies tells us, "Life is beautiful. The girls are beautiful. Even the orchestra is beautiful!"
Cliff Bradshaw comes to this Berlin from Harrisburg Pennsylvania via London, Paris and Rome, looking for a place help him overcome writer's block and find inspiration for his second novel. What he finds is a room, recommended to him by Ernst Ludwig (a friendly currency smuggler he met on the train), a pragmatic landlady, Fraulein Schneider and her lodgers: the smitten fruit seller Herr Schultz, and Fraulein Kost, a friend to sailors. Then, when he makes his way to the Kit Kat Klub, also on Ludwig's recommendation, he finds Sally Bowles (the toast of Mayfair), Bobby, an old ... acquaintance from London, and a lifestyle of frivolity, parties and the desperate, hedonistic pursuit of pleasure.
Will Cliff ever finish his book? Will Sally be lucky this time? Will Fraulein Schneider follow her heart and make Herr Schultz the happiest man in Berlin. What is going on behind the Emcee's smile, and will tonight be the night the Kit Kat Girls finally bare all? Come to CABARET, and find out.