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Tear Jerker: Cabaret
'What Would You Do?'
The reprise of 'Married.'
Let's face it, the entire Fraulein Schiender and Herr Schutlz relationship is the saddest part of the show
'I Don't Care Much.'
The title song. Natasha Richardson's tragic death does not help.
This troper agrees with all of the above and would like to add her personal experience from seeing the play in London in 2008. The ending of the play can be changed in each production (for example, in the 1998 Sam Mendes version, the MC takes off his cabaret costume to reveal a concentration camp uniform, with a yellow star denoting he is a Jew and a pink triangle denoting he is gay). In the production she saw, the MC sings the last reprise of "Willkommen" as the men and women of the Kit Kat Klub slowly file out behind him, naked. When the MC says his last line, he takes off his robe, beneath which he is completely naked, and joins his coworkers at the back of the stage. They huddle together as the sounds of a gas chamber play. This troper was absolutely bawling.
This troper saw a version where the MC was joined by the rest of the cast who were sporting torn costumes and well rendered bruises. At the end the entire cast, minus a couple of the Nazis, were herded into a portion of the backdrop which opened and the sounds of a fright train were played. The look of sheer terror on their faces, plus Sally's attempt to sing the title song in the most heartrending effort to convince herself she's going to be alright, makes her cry just thinking about it.
Switch the freight train with the Auchwitz "Arbeit macht frei" gate, and that was pretty much the production I saw. Devastating.
The version I saw had a less horrible but still chilling end where Sally tried to sing a desperate reprise of Cabaret as the lights slowly shut off one by one, and then all the characters who remained in Germany appeared on the stage either sporting Nazi armbands, stars, or triangles, with half the Cabaret dancers being Jewish, the other half gay, and the Emcee with a purple triangle for gypsy.
This Troper's school production featured two of the Cabaret boys singing the original "Tomorrow Belongs to Me," with Nazis slowly marching in towards them. The fact that they were played by an actual gay couple didn't help even a little bit.
This troper's school production featured a large jungle gym like cage that the Kit Kat girls and boys would lounge on in between scenes. At the dark reprise of Wilkomen the Kit Kat girls and Herr Schultz are all herded into the cage. The Emcee ripped off his coat to reveal a concentration camp uniform and star of David as gas suddenly poured from the pipes of the cage. Cue tears and gasps and stunned silence.