I caught the national tour of Cabaret at Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Florida. I’m going to start this by saying that I have never seen the new and improved Sam Mendes production that was first mounted on Broadway in 1998 and later revived in 2014. Both productions starred the stellar and definitive performer Alan Cumming as the Emcee.
I saw the movie of Cabaret many years ago with Joel Grey and was not a huge fan at all. I found the plot and structure of it quite boring. I was a big fan of the music, however, which prompted me to go and catch Cabaret while I was on vacation in Florida.
I have listened to many version of Cabaret over the years because of my love for Kander and Ebb’s music, but I have never found someone that I found more perfect for the role than Natasha Richardson. That is, until now: Andrea Goss steals the show with her standout performance as Sally Bowles, from the early scenes of the show all the way down to her pseudo mental breakdown during the title song.
Randy Harrison plays the Emcee in this production, and is one of the few Emcees since 1998 that I can say was not just a pale imitation of Alan Cumming. He took parts of the role from Alan Cumming and then turned it into his own portrayal, which was also a very sexy, creepy, and eventually tear jerking performance.
For those of you who are not familiar with Cabaret, the plot revolves around Sally Bowles and Cliff Bradshaw. Sally Bowles is a nightclub singer from England who has arrived at the very sleazy Kit Kat Club in Berlin, Germany, and Cliff Bradshaw is an American author who is coming to Berlin to find more inspiration for a book he is writing. As the plot goes on, Sally and Cliff become romantic interests, and we consequently see the rise of Nazi Germany from the eyes of civilians in a new perspective that doesn’t revolve around the government.
This production is truly not one to be missed. It is very rare that I find myself getting emotional during a show, but even I didn’t have dry eyes as the show ended. If you have the chance to see this show, GO RIGHT NOW!!! You will not be sorry you did.
A college student at SUNY Purchase, I see many shows on Broadway annually and love theatre.