Cabaret

Fantastic! Dark, sombre, frightening, stirring, stunning – all works that this production brought to mind.

Deborah Hay gave a fabulous performance as Sally Bowles, with Juan Chioran as the Emcee, Gray Powell as Cliff Bradshaw, Corinne Koslo as Fraulein Schneider and Benedict Campbell as Herr Schultz providing great counter points.

The set was stunning.  Oddly, its very open frame ( a tall winding staircase ) made the environment seem more claustrophobic since ;you could always see the other people moving in and out. It definitely added to the menace.

The dancers and singers were excellent, but Tess Benger stood out as Texas.

As usual, the singing of Tomorrow Belongs to Me astounds me. Such a great song, but such an evil song! Deborah Hay’s rendition of Maybe This Time was outstanding, as were Cabaret, Don’t Tell Mama and Mein Herr.

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About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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2 Responses to Cabaret

  1. keithhpotter says:

    Chorian’s emcee owns the show, along with Gianfrancesco’s set, but the rest of the cast was excellent too, the show is populated with real people – not always the case in a musical.

    It is a bit amazing at how central Sally is to this show, when she seemed rather peripheral when I read Isherwood’s Stories – mind you, that was a long time ago.

    Of course, it is a musical and there are great song and dance numbers. Hay shows her range once again.

    Also, once again, Hinton shows he is a great, and adaptable director.

  2. keithhpotter says:

    PS: Tomorrow Belongs to Me is a great song, both music and lyrics. The fact it was the anthem of an evil movement doesn’t make it evil itself.

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