Just saw a college production of it (fab-u-lous). The cast walks on stage, dressed in black (Nazi attire), sing "Wilkommen" in a very monotonous, creepy way. The Emcee walks forward, takes off his coat, revealing the concentration camp uniform, and whispers "Auf Weidersehen. A Bientot. Goodnight.". Then there was a drum roll, the cast did the "heil Hitler" salute, and they unrolled Nazi banners on the balconies of the theater (which was a nice touch). The lights dimmed and they walked off stage. No curtain call. Everyone was sort of frozen in their seats. Very well done.
Sounds silly, but (if we're going by the more Joel Grey-esque Emcee) he comes off to me as both gay and quite possibly mentally ill. Both gays and the mentally ill were imprisoned in concentration camps. I think he's just such an obscure fellow that he would be a very likely target for the Nazis. Just some food for thought.
So the brutal torture
of over 6 million people is Peewee's Playhouse in comparison to a failed relationsip?