|“||What the hell is your secret, Stevie? You just stand your solid ground, refusing to be anything but you. Never thought I'd say this about anyone in this town, but you, you're very, very cool. And whether you set sail, or stay put, that's not going to change. Now, why don't we take our Sally by the hand, and we go out there, and show those people everything she can be.||”|
|— Moira Rose to Stevie Budd[src]|
"Life is a Cabaret" is the fourteenth episode and finale of the fifth season of Schitt's Creek. It is the sixty-sixth episode overall.
It's the day of the show, and beyond the show itself, big things are happening to certain members of the Rose family. After the actual ask just yesterday, David and Patrick have decided to tell the world about their engagement at the show after party, not wanting to take the spotlight off the show beforehand. And Ted is heading off to the Galapagos tonight, with Alexis following next week if only because of her participation in the show. Johnny lets Alexis know in no uncertain terms how much he doesn't want her to go only in missing her. The focus of the day turns back to the show when at the last minute Stevie goes missing. David may know the reason and he has to gauge what to say as divulging all could ruin the surprise about the engagement.
- Eugene Levy as Johnny Rose
- Catherine O'Hara as Moira Rose
- Dan Levy as David Rose
- Annie Murphy as Alexis Rose
- Emily Hampshire as Stevie Budd
- Jennifer Robertson as Jocelyn Schitt
- Dustin Milligan as Ted Mullens
- Noah Reid as Patrick Brewer
- Sarah Levy as Twyla Sands
- Chris Elliott as Roland Schitt
- Marilyn Bellfontaine as Gwen Currie
- Mary Kelly as Jazzagal #1
- Jennifer Foster as Jazzagal #3
- Jade Whitney as Cast Member
- Natalie Sebastian as Cast Member
- Annie Chen as Cast Member
- Spencer Robinson as Cast Member
- Two musical numbers from the original Cabaret musical are performed in this episode. Those two are "Willkommen" (performed by Noah Reid's Patrick Brewer) and "Maybe This Time" (performed by Emily Hampshire's Stevie Budd).
- Ironically, on this episode's premiere date (April 9, 2019), the FX television channel premiered their 2019 biographical drama series, Fosse/Verdon, their first episode also being called "Life Is A Cabaret".
- It's also interesting to note that the first episode of Fosse/Verdon tells the romantic and creative partnership between Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon while the former was directing Cabaret, the 1972 film based on the musical of the same name which the characters of Schitt's Creek perform in this episode.