Who did you see in Cabaret?

east side story
Featured Actor
joined:4/21/11
Who did you see in Cabaret?
Posted: 11/17/13 at 07:36pm
Because I am ridiculously jazzed for the upcoming re-revival of *Cabaret, I am curious to know who you all saw play Sally Bowles and the Emcee?

I saw Heather Laws, Molly Ringwald's understudy, in 2002. Raul Esparza was the Emcee. I remember nothing about Laws, sadly, but do remember Esparza scaring the ish out of me for some reason. (I was sixteen.)

You?

* Michelle Williams is going to be sensational.
JoeKv99
Broadway Legend
joined:12/27/04
Who did you see in Cabaret?
Posted: 11/17/13 at 07:52pm
I don't recall the Sally Understudy who went on for Teri Hatcher but consensus was she was MUCH better. Norbert Leo Butz played the Emcee and was SPECTACULAR.
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Broadwaywest
Chorus Member
joined:2/14/07
Who did you see in Cabaret?
Posted: 11/17/13 at 08:01pm
First time was mary McCormick, Alan Cummings, Ron rifkin, Denis o'hare, and Blair brown. Blair brown and Ron rifkin stole the show. Second time was raul Esparza and Molly ringwald, both were electric.
rosscoe(au)
Broadway Legend
joined:8/20/05
Who did you see in Cabaret?
Posted: 11/17/13 at 08:14pm
Tina Arena in Sydney, A very miscast Lisa McCune in Melbourne Australia
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egnarotsew
Stand-by
joined:5/17/11
Who did you see in Cabaret?
Posted: 11/17/13 at 08:34pm
I too saw Esparza and Ringwald. I don't really remember her performance but I do remember being excited when I found out she was Sally. I do remember Raul and thought he was fantastic.
adamgreer
Broadway Legend
joined:3/18/05
Who did you see in Cabaret?
Posted: 11/17/13 at 08:48pm
The Emcee remains my favorite performance of Raul Esparza's, who I saw twice. I thought he was dynamite. Alan Cumming was also wonderful. Near the end of the run, I saw Adam Pascal, who was very good (and showed me he could play against type).

I saw Jennifer Jason Leigh (wonderful!), Brooke Shields (meh), Molly Ringwald (outstanding except for the title song which lacked bite), and Susan Egan (not terribly impressed).

I know I saw Carole Shelley as Schneider a couple of times, but I can't rememeber who else I saw. I saw Larry Keith as Herr Schultz and also saw his understudy, Gordon Stanley, on two different occasions.

For the life of me I can't remember who Cliff was any of the times I saw the show.

I know at least once I saw Victoria Clark as Kost. Definitely also saw Candy Buckley a couple of times as well.

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east side story
Featured Actor
joined:4/21/11
Who did you see in Cabaret?
Posted: 11/17/13 at 08:50pm
Finally someone who has seen Brooke Shields in the role! Aside from disliking her, do you remember much about her performance?
everythingtaboo
Broadway Legend
joined:5/5/04
Who did you see in Cabaret?
Posted: 11/17/13 at 08:55pm
First time I saw it was right after the Kit Kat Klub re-opened (if anyone remembers the crane falling on 43rd Street), and I saw Alan Cumming and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Later on I saw it with Susan Egan and Adam Pascal. I also saw it on tour in LA, with Teri Hatcher (who I thought was great) and Norbert Leo Butz, who I thought was great. Fun fact: sitting in front of me the night I saw the tour was future Emcee Neil Patrick Harris.


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dramamama611
Broadway Legend
joined:12/4/07
Who did you see in Cabaret?
Posted: 11/17/13 at 09:10pm
Saw it twice:
John Stamos
John Secada.
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Platypus
Stand-by
joined:11/13/07
Who did you see in Cabaret?
Posted: 11/17/13 at 09:13pm
Norbert Leo Butz and Joely Fisher.
Bettyboy72
Broadway Legend
joined:3/31/06
Who did you see in Cabaret?
Posted: 11/17/13 at 09:18pm
I saw the tour with Kate Shindle. She was amazing. Did anyone see Michael C. Reilly on Broadway?
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charliebrown5
Understudy
joined:8/1/13
Who did you see in Cabaret?
Posted: 11/17/13 at 09:19pm
John Stamos and Jane Leeves. I can't recall the specifics of their performances but I loved the show overall.

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jaxandmci
Stand-by
joined:8/1/11
Who did you see in Cabaret?
Posted: 11/17/13 at 09:34pm
Saw it twice two weeks apart with Michael (C.) Hall and Joely Fisher. And shockingly, according to my Playbills, Victoria Clark as Fritzie.
LMcC95
Chorus Member
joined:7/17/13
Who did you see in Cabaret?
Posted: 11/17/13 at 09:44pm
How was Michael C. Hall? I love Dexter so I am a fan
brettarnett
Stand-by
joined:5/2/09
Who did you see in Cabaret?
Posted: 11/17/13 at 10:04pm
Fritzie isn't much of a role is it? I am so fascinated by Victoria Clark's career because by that point she was already in Titanic and How to Succeed. She has paired such a range of roles from featured and leading.
east side story
Featured Actor
joined:4/21/11
Who did you see in Cabaret?
Posted: 11/17/13 at 10:10pm
The actress playing Fritzie also plays Fraulein Kost in the Mendes/Marshall revival. Kost's first name is not mentioned in the script, but the actress playing Kost is introduced in "Wilkommen" as Fritzie.
Someone in a Tree2
Broadway Star
joined:10/9/12
Who did you see in Cabaret?
Posted: 11/17/13 at 10:51pm
Lucky enough to see Natasha Richardson with Alan Cumming in the revival. Natasha's performance was one of the true greats-- rebuilt the character from the ground up and made a smart show into a heartbreaking one.

But back in '87 I saw the Hal Prince original staging revived with Alyson Reed and Joel Grey-- a sterile relic that made us wonder what was so brilliant about this show in the first place... until the Sam Mendes version proved it to us all over again.
justoldbill
Broadway Star
joined:10/17/07
Who did you see in Cabaret?
Posted: 11/17/13 at 11:27pm
Missed Lenya, saw Despo.
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oncemorewithfeeling2
Stand-by
joined:4/25/13
Who did you see in Cabaret?
Posted: 11/17/13 at 11:36pm
I first saw Natasha Richardson and Alan Cumming right after the show won the Tony and at the wee age of 13, I told my parents I wanted to do that and that never changed. I later saw the tour with Kate Shindle who blew me away.

A few years later, I caught both Raul Esparza and Neil Patrick Harris (last Raul performance, first NPH performance) with Molly Ringwald. Esparza and NPH impressed me and mesmerized me. I found Molly Ringwald to be totally serviceable. She had her high points (I loved her Maybe this Time) and her low points (the title song didn't move me. At all.), but for the most part a performance that was good, but not great.

These are the theater memories I hold dear to my heart, as they were the ones that I made when I was finally becoming an adult and deciding that I could scrounge pennies together to road trip to NY from the midwest without being told it was a bad idea. And the shows I saw between 2002-well, now still…I hold near and dear.
HorseTears
Broadway Legend
joined:3/25/05
Who did you see in Cabaret?
Posted: 11/17/13 at 11:47pm
Man, I would have loved to have seen Jennifer Jason Leigh. A greatly underrated film actress, I think.
WickedOne2
Broadway Star
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Who did you see in Cabaret?
Posted: 11/18/13 at 12:03am
I saw the closing cast of the 1998 revival with Adam Pascal and Susan Egan.
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east side story
Featured Actor
joined:4/21/11
Who did you see in Cabaret?
Posted: 11/18/13 at 12:15am
There is ample footage of Jennifer Jason Leigh's performance on YT. In my opinion, she is an odd duck. Regardless of the piece, be it film, television, or stage, something about her strikes me as false. Her perpetual sense of melancholy seems so studied. Similar to a maudlin teenager demanding to be left alone to in their room to brood, she still makes it a point to let you know just how upset she is with the world.

And her accent in Cabaret…eek.
tazber
Broadway Legend
joined:5/10/05
Who did you see in Cabaret?
Posted: 11/18/13 at 06:30am
I saw Michael C Hall as the Emcee and Susan Egan as Sally.

Both were unbelievably amazing.
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dreaming
Broadway Legend
joined:4/24/09
Who did you see in Cabaret?
Posted: 11/18/13 at 08:24am
I saw the very last performance at the Kit Kat Club at the Henry Miller's Theater before the crane came down in Times Square.

So, I saw Alan Cumming, Natasha Richardson (brilliant), Ron Rifkin and Mary-Louise Wilson (amazing chemistry and I thought Ms. Wilson should have won her first Tony for her heartbreaking portrayal of Fraulein Schneider-hers is the performance I use to measure all subsequent Fraulein Schneiders. Together, they were a cute couple-you wanted to see them succeed.)

I actually saw pretty much the original cast of that revival. It was flawless. I'm hoping for similar chemistry here.
broadway86
Broadway Legend
joined:10/8/03
Who did you see in Cabaret?
Posted: 11/18/13 at 09:16am
First time, I saw Susan Egan and Michael Hall (flawless performances). Then I saw Lea Thompson and Michael Hall (also fantastic). Finally I saw Susan Egan and Jon Secada (she was wonderful, he was.........)
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Brian07663NJ
Broadway Legend
joined:6/21/06
Who did you see in Cabaret?
Posted: 11/18/13 at 09:31am
Saw the entire original cast at the "Kit-Kat Club" including Natasha right before the entire building dilemma! Then I saw it several times before it closed with cast changes.
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