My TV station is a media sponsor, so I nabbed two tickets as soon as they became available. I saw Cabaret when I was in high school, but I didn't remember a lot about it.
I am from a very conservative area in Washington State, and the last time Cabaret was here it was run out of town, so to speak. The folks who supported the theatre back then weren't too fond of the sometimes vulgar story.
This year, our theatre company was smart and produced two different series: The Best of Broadway (The Wedding Singer, Annie and Camelot) and Broadway on the Edge (Avenue Q, Dixie's Tupperware Party and Cabaret). This way, they were able to warn the public that the content of the shows in the Edge series were more risque.
I also had the pleasure of sharing the evening with four of my coworkers from EB. We met for dinner and drinks (I think I was the only one drinking?) and then went for a stroll downtown before making our way to the theatre.
One of my gentleman friends took the picture, the four of us are posed in front of the old EB location that still has the EB door handles.
We have a beautiful theatre here, and bring in some really first-class productions. This is the same place I listened to Naomi. So you know it's classy.
Anyway, I just really enjoyed the show. I had forgotten how haunting and powerful it is. The man who filled the role of Emcee was absolutely amazing. He took that character to a new level for me. The young woman who played Sally Bowles was also extraordinary - especially her rendition of Cabaret. Gripping and eerie, all at the same time. Two performances that have really stayed with me since last night.
I have to give some mad props to our theatre company, who allowed this rendition of Cabaret to sew a pink triangle next to the yellow David's Star on to the internment camp garb of Emcee at the very end...signifying that the person was gay. It is my understanding that not every production does this with the costume. Powerful stuff.
It's Friday now, and I saw it Wednesday, and I'm still lovin' it!