Thursday, May 19, 2011

Life is an everchanging Cabaret

By Madelyn Miller, the TravelLady

The Dallas Theater Center’s production of Cabaret is actually the third performance of this musical I have seen. And each show had its own distinctive personality and interpretation.

Dallas Theater Center’s Cabaret was the most contemporary and most adventurous. And who would have thought Dallas would introduce so much nudity (I am not sure if knowing this fact will encourage or discourage you from seeing this show.) The show is both risqué and energizing at the same time.

The Wylie allows the show to create a real cabaret feeling as drinks are served to the tables surrounding the stage. And although they are rumored to have new seats, they are still no more comfortable than chairs in a cabaret


Willkommen to the Kit Kat Club. Take your seat at a bar table, order a little something from your fetching cocktail waitress, and immerse yourself in the musical theater event of a lifetime. You’re not just at the show, you’re in the show as Dallas Theatre Center transform the Wyly’s Potter Rose Performance Hall into 1930s Berlin. Inside the cabaret, Sally Bowles and the beguiling Emcee live in a seedy, sexy world of delicious decadence, while outside, the gathering storm of Nazi oppression grows. Filled with hit Broadway songs and a story that still speaks profoundly to us today,Cabaret is a knock-out, once-in-a-lifetime theatrical experience.

Cabaret is a musical based on a book written by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. The 1966 Broadway production became a hit and spawned a 1972 film as well as numerous subsequent productions.

It is based on John Van Druten's 1951 play I Am a Camera, which in turn was adapted from the novel Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood. Set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, it focuses on nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub and revolves around the 19-year-old English cabaretperformer Sally Bowles and her relationship with the young American writer Cliff Bradshaw.
A sub-plot involves the doomed romance between German boarding house owner Fräulein Schneider and her elderly suitor Herr Schultz, a Jewish fruit vendor. Overseeing the action is the Master of Ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub which serves as a constant metaphor for the tenuous and threatening state of late Weimar Germany throughout the show.


His body language, his voice, and his facial expressions are captivating. His performances include:
Emcee) Broadway/Tours: Jersey Boys (Chicago Co.). NYC Theatre: Jeffrey in Jeffrey (Sage Theatre); Nestor in Irma la Douce (Musicals Tonight). Selected regional: I Am My Own Wife;Santaland Diaries; Batboy in Batboy the Musical; Emcee in Cabaret; Lancelot in Merchant of Venice (Portland Center Stage); Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (L.A. Celebration Theatre - L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award; Drammy Award; and the Garland Award for Best Actor; Ovation Award for Best Musical); Woody in the workshop of Toy Story the Musical(Disney); Peter/Craig in Dying City (Portland Playhouse). This July, Wade will be playing the Narrator in the World Premiere of Fly By Night at Theatreworks. As a writer/composer, Wade’s musical One has just been workshopped at OSF’s Black Swan Lab and is moving forward.

Sally Bowls was nowhere near as effective, allowing Emcee to steal the show.

Just like the numbered days of Berlin, the show is closing soon. But at least we know what is coming next. The Wiz will be playing July 8 to August 7, 2011


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*Contains adult themes, language and brief nudity. Appropriate for mature high school-age children and older.

Photo compliments of Karen Almond

Madelyn Miller is a travel and food writer who loves theatre and particularly enjoys seeing performances of the same show by different companies

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