Cabaret (1968 London Cast) starring Judi Dench
Composer: John Kander
Lyricist: Fred Ebb
Dench, Judi/Kedrova, Lila
The original London production of Kander and Ebb's Cabaret, with Harold Prince reprising his Broadway role as director, opened in 1968 and ran for 336 performances. Cabaret starred Judi Dench (long before she was a "Dame") in her first musical role as the heroine, Sally Bowles. Lila Kedrova, known to movie-goers for her roles in Zorba the Greek and Torn Curtain, is Fraulein Schneider, her first musical role. Also featured is American actor Barry Dennen in his British stage debut as the Kit Kat Klub's gregarious and outrageous Master of Ceremonies. Dennen received the Evening Standard Award for his performance, which led to his role as Pontius Pilate on the original concept recording of Jesus Christ Superstar and its subsequent 1973 film version.