- Klaus Wachsmann
- , revised by Patrick O’Connor
A term loosely applied to places of entertainment like night clubs that offer a wide variety of showmanship, food and drink, and often dancing both on stage and on the floor; naturally there is a great demand for music. In this context, cabaret has also become a descriptive term for a show designed to promote the talents of a single well-known performer, usually a singer. Renowned for this style of show are such diverse performers as Frank Sinatra and Noël Coward, while Las Vegas – in which both regularly appeared – is identified in particular with the form. Indeed, a solo cabaret act is considered an essential part of the personal repertory of many performers, particularly those from musical theatre. American singer-pianists such as Bobby Short and Blossom Dearie are primarily noted for their solo work in this format.
In the strictest sense, cabaret is a form of artistic and social activity of a kind that flourished for about half a century between the opening on ...