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Anyone see 'Love, Simon'? Here's how they re-created their ragtag, high-school version of 'Cabaret'

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In the wonderful new movie, ''Love, Simon,'' there's a comically chaotic, high school production of ''Cabaret.'' The Huffington Post reports that ''Cabaret'' wasn't the film's first choice. In keeping with Becky Albertalli's original novel, they were going to re-create ''Oliver!,'' but they couldn't get the rights. So they actually considered doing a musical version of ''Say Anything,'' in a nod to a classic teenage rom-com, but director Greg Berlanti decided that was ''too meta.'' So Berlanti got inspiration from his college production of ''Cabaret.'' Because ''Cabaret'' deals with sexual identity, it wound up being a parallel for ''Love, Simon,'' which is about a gay teen (Nick Robinson) and his coming-out and coming-of-age story. But it came with one proviso: Berlanti couldn't use any of the iconography from the 1972 Liza Minnelli movie.

One of ''Love, Simon's'' scene-stealers is Martha Rothwell, who plays the exasperated drama teacher heading the production.

She wisecracks: “When we get done, it’s gonna look like a real German sex club. Don’t ask me how I know.”

By the way, if anyone here lives in Omaha, Neb., you can see ''Love, Simon'' for free tonight (March 31) at 7 p.m. at the AMC Classic Westroads 14. Andrew Rannells has bought out that screening in his hometown, to pay it forward & help more folks to catch the movie. He joins other celebrity fans of ''Love, Simon'' who've done the same: Matt Bomer, Kristen Bell, Neil Patrick Harris ...


Updated On: 3/31/18 at 11:19 AM