Look Back at I Am a Camera on Broadway | Playbill

Archival Photos Look Back at I Am a Camera on Broadway Christopher Isherwood, on whom the play and musical Cabaret are based, was born August 26, 1904.
William Prince, Martin Brooks, Marian Winters, and Julie Harris John Erwin

Little did novelist Christopher Isherwood know when he published his 1939 novella Goodbye to Berlin — a semi-autobiographical account of his own time in Berlin in the 1930s — what an afterlife the book would have.

The novel was first adapted for the stage by British playwright John Van Druten. He called it I Am a Camera and focused on the character of Sally, just one of many figures in Isherwood's stories. The title is taken from the opening line of the novel, which runs, "I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking." When it bowed on Broadway, it was one of Van Druten's biggest successes and helped make its Sally Bowles, Julie Harris, a star.

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Look Back at I Am a Camera on Broadway

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