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Sunday, 26 August 2018

THEN AND NOW: Cabaret the Musical


Cabaret is a musical theatre stable in anyones collection; its an incredible score and amazing story. After the original production its been remounted so many times in many West End and Broadway revivals and has featured many huge stars including Judi Dench, Teri Hatcher, Samantha Barks, Natasha Richardson, Brooke Shilds, Neil Patrick Harris, Adam Pascal, Norbert Lee Butz, Carole Shelley, Kim Medcalf, Wayne Sleep, Harriet Thopre, Emma Stone and Si├ón Phillips to name a few! We look back at some of the major productions that include the original Broadway production, the 1993 London Donmar Warehouse proaction, the 2006 London revival, 2014 Broadway revival and the most recent UK tour featuring Will Young and Louise Redknapp. Take a look and share your favourite moments of the show with us on Twitter! @PocketSizeBlog #PocketThenNow

The Emcee


Joel Grey (1966), Alan Cumming (1993), James Dreyfus (2006), Alan Cumming (2014) & Will Young (2017)

Sally Bowles



Jill Haworth (1966), Jane Horrocks (1993), Anna Maxwell Martin (2006), Michelle Williams (2014) & Louise Redknapp (2017)
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Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Cabaret the Musical: Theatre Review

 

The premier production of Cabaret opened on Broadway in 1966 with a US Tour and a West End production opening in 1968. The iconic film starring Liza Minnelli was released in 1972 after the success of the musical. After three West End revivals and two Broadway revivals the show returns to London, playing at the Savoy Theatre after a short UK tour. The musical is based on the play ‘I am a Camera’ which was adapted from the novel ‘Goodbye to Berlin’.
The story focuses on nightlife at the Kit Kat Club in World War II Germany following the relationship between English Cabaret performer Sally Bowles and American writer Cliff Bradshaw.
This recent revival reunites the creative team from the 2006 London revival at the Lyric Theatre, however they’ve re-imagined the show and given it a new life but stuck to the original idea that they put together for their last production. Rufus Norris really understand this production and what he wants to give to the audience, he’s presented an intelligent but entertaining piece which presents the story in a way in which the audience are completely engaged and the links he has created between the Kit Kat Club and 1931 Germany is astonishing.
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