YMMV / Cabaret

  • Adaptation Displacement: The movie and musical are much more well-known than the play "I Am A Camera" and the original stories by Christopher Isherwood.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The Emcee is especially prone to this, given his ambiguous nature as relates to the actual story.
  • Broken Base: Averted, very notably. Joel Grey and Alan Cumming played radically different versions of the Emcee, but most every fan of the show will tell you that both interpretations are completely valid. It helps that both men have expressed professional admiration for the other and encourage fans not to dismiss the other's portrayal.
  • Critical Research Failure: A minor but odd one that seems to vary from production to production; in the finale, if/when the Emcee reveals his prison uniform, it usually has both an inverted pink triangle and a yellow star. In some versions, the pink triangle is overlayed on a yellow triangle to form a star, like it would in an actual concentration camp. Other versions of the outfit, however, have the star and pink triangle as separate objects on the uniform. This doesn't detract from the Wham Shot or how hard it hits, though.
  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: See "Misaimed Fandom", but even if you're not a neo-Nazi, "Tomorrow Belongs to Me" is sung and filmed in such a way as to be quite stirring, especially when everyone in the park joins in.
  • Fridge Horror: The editing makes it clear Sally's baby is the Emcee's.
    • In some versions of the play, the Emcee being revealed to be Jewish adds an extra layer to the Wham Line in "If You Could See Her", especially if one interprets it as him performing it in the actual Kit Kat Klub.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Natasha Richardson played Sally in a 2000's revival... and her singing "From cradle to tomb isn't that long a stay!" has become a lot harsher given she died suddenly and tragically a few years later.
  • Misaimed Fandom: "Tomorrow Belongs to Me" is popular among neo-Nazis, who are either oblivious to or don't care about its origins, and several racist or neo-Nazi bands have covered it. From the other side, some people don't quite realize exactly what it is about and think its just a general "let's do our best" song, which leads to people singing it at concerts and what have you. It doesn't help that it has a pretty cool rhythm.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In the 2012 London revival, Ernst Ludwig crosses this at the very end when he kills Sally, the Emcee and the other members of the Kit Kat Klub in a gas chamber.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The reprise of "Tomorrow Belongs to Me," when just about all of the guests at the engagement party begin singing along. As Fraulein Schneider later says, "I can no longer dismiss the Nazi Party. Now they are my friends and neighbors."
    • The movie version of "Tomorrow Belongs to Me" starts off disarmingly pleasant, but swiftly becomes horrifying when the audience of common, ordinary people begin standing up and singing along and become swept up in the nationalist fervor, and it becomes obvious to the audience that these ordinary people are the grassroots support that allowed the Nazis to rise.
    • The ending to the 2012 London revival has the Emcee, Sally and the Kit Kat Klub boys and girls being herded into gas chambers by Ernst Ludwig. Because clearly the original ending wasn't enough of a downer.
  • Tear Jerker: "I Don't Care Much".