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National tour of revelatory 'Cabaret' revival heats up the Hippodrome

National tour of revelatory 'Cabaret' revival heats up the Hippodrome

There was a strange moment at the Hippodrome Theatre during Tuesday's opening night performance of "Cabaret," the 1966 musical set in determinedly decadent Berlin during the wane of the Weimar Republic and the relentless rise of the Nazis.

In Act 2 of this justly celebrated, revelatory revival from Roundabout Theatre Company, a brick crashes into a Jewish grocer's shop. Some folks in the audience laughed heartily at that sight, a reaction as chilling as what just happened onstage.

Laughter broke out again from the same part of the room when the Emcee, the pivotal character in "Cabaret," staggered across the stage in disheveled drag, each heavy step...

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