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Emcee ad-libs in "Cabaret"

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Emcee ad-libs in "Cabaret"#1
Posted: 6/2/16 at 12:18pm

Curious as to some of the ad-libs used by various Emcees (Alan Cumming and beyond) while introducing the Kit Kat Girls & Boys.... A few cute ones that I've heard:

- Frenchie is SO uptight! Oh, LOOSEN UP, Frenchie!
- Never turn your back on Lulu or she'll turn her back on you!
- Hans (who's playing a saxophone) I have never known anyone who blows as well as Hans! (spots someone in the audience) Except you’re here tonight, I take it back!


I also enjoyed in the current tour, during "audience participation time" at the top of Act 2, he asked a woman in the front row: "Do you have any German in you? Would you like some??"

I'd love to hear some more -- please share!

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Emcee ad-libs in #2
Posted: 6/3/16 at 1:56pm

I was actually surprised to learn those were ad libs and not script additions- the newly licensed script for the 1998 version actually says "EMCEE AD LIB" in the directions.

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Emcee ad-libs in #3
Posted: 6/3/16 at 1:59pm

I thought the saxophone line was in the script as I think Cumming used that both times I saw him. Interesting that those are ad libs!

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Emcee ad-libs in #4
Posted: 6/3/16 at 5:46pm

I imagine that some of the non-scripted 'ad-lib' lines might be passed between productions as suggestions, because I heard the "little German" line in a production in Australia many years ago. (When the audience member responded that yes, he did have a little German in him, the Emcee said "Would you like a little more?"Emcee ad-libs in

The other ad libs that I remember:

To another audience member - "Do you like sandwiches? [Yes] Then maybe you, your friend and I can make one after the show!"

To the balcony, with a mournful wave - "Hello, poor people!"

 

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Emcee ad-libs in #5
Posted: 6/3/16 at 10:28pm

While not during the opening scene, when the show was here in Durham, NC last month, at the opening of Act 2 the emcee was having some playful banter with the audience.  He asked if everyone went out to drink and have a tinkle during intermission, then followed with "I tried to go but they wouldn't let me in!", in reference to HB2 ("bathroom bill"Emcee ad-libs in .  The audience loved it and cheered for several minutes.

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Emcee ad-libs in #6
Posted: 6/3/16 at 10:46pm

When the emcee introduces frenchie in the soundtrack Alan cumming says " You know I like to order frenchie on the side, On your side frenchie!" But when I saw it live, Alan Cumming said "I like frenchie when she's dressing, get it? French    dressin'? Ah never mind!"

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Emcee ad-libs in #7
Posted: 1/13/20 at 11:12am

I saw Cabaret with my nice coat on, and during the intermission, the Emcee asked me if he could have it. I said YES! He danced around in it, then he threw it somewhere. Long story short, I never got it back. He needed it more than I did.


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