TANGO TRAGIQUE was a number from the original Broadway production and soundtrack album sug by Daniel Massey. It's never been used in any subsequent version or revival, including the British 1978 TV version starring Robin Ellis. Like the RAPE BALLET in THE FANTASTICKS, it has probably become a victim of PC thinking and the fear of shocking the patrons.
Drednm, what you say is untrue -- see above discussions. The song had been part of all US productions since the original Broadway one. I saw it in all three productions I was lucky enough to encounter over those years. (It was not in the BBC telecast, but that was missing several songs, being heavily abridged to run 90 minutes.)Scott Ellis (not Rob Marshall, as I misremembered in my message 2 years ago) was the first to think of eliminating it, for Roundabout in 1994, and as his version has (unfortunately to my mind) become the authorized licensed version, "Tango Tragique" is no longer in the available rental material. It's not through any fear of "shocking" anyone (what would be shocking?), but a matter of Ellis's idea of dramatic pacing etc. Those with enough clout to get access to the original materials, like Ted Sperling at Caramoor, have been able to restore it. I hope to see it, and Don Walker's wonderful original orchestrations, full restored one day.
I think your theory of PC protection is extremely unlikely. Pacing issues make much more sense, a song short as it may be isn't really needed after a lengthy dialogue between Georg and Amalia.I do think it's a pity both versions aren't available to license. There are shows with X number of Jr. and YTA versions on the MTI site but this classic musical is only available in reduced form? Meanwhile Tams offers not two but THREE versions of CABARET.I do hope that the 2016 orchestrations are added to the Roundabout licensed version however, they are magnificent.
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