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.
  • 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.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Natasha Richardson played Sally in the recent 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.
  • 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."
  • Tear Jerker: "I Don't Care Much".