Cabaret Reviews

KanderEbb
Swing
joined:3/30/14
Cabaret Reviews
Posted: 4/24/14 at 02:47pm
It's the opening night tonight. Post the reviews here please.
Good luck with my favorite show in this season.

Updated On: 4/24/14 at 02:47 PM
ethan231h
Broadway Star
joined:5/5/11
Cabaret Reviews
Posted: 4/24/14 at 03:18pm
I'm expecting great reviews especially for Michelle Williams and Linda Emond!
ray-andallthatjazz86
Broadway Legend
joined:8/2/05
Cabaret Reviews
Posted: 4/24/14 at 03:26pm
I certainly hope Emond and Burstein (and the entire production really) get glowing reviews. Can't wait to read the notices.
"Some people can thrive and bloom living life in a living room, that's perfect for some people of one hundred and five. But I at least gotta try, when I think of all the sights that I gotta see, all the places I gotta play, all the things that I gotta be at"
beltingbaritone
Broadway Star
joined:10/30/08
Cabaret Reviews
Posted: 4/24/14 at 03:49pm
Does anyone know if Brantley or Isherwood will be reviewing this for the Times? If I recall correctly, Brantley reviewed the 1998 production, so maybe they'll let Isherwood give it a go? Well, one can hope.
Men don't even belt.
KanderEbb
Swing
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Cabaret Reviews
Posted: 4/24/14 at 03:57pm
I think Brantley may give a review, as he did in 1998. Hope Linda Emond could finally get a nod this time, as he gave her a huge rave in Death of a Salesman. After all, she deserves it.
Jane2
Broadway Legend
joined:2/13/04
Cabaret Reviews
Posted: 4/24/14 at 03:59pm
I loved the show! But I'm curious to see if any critics agreed with me that Michelle wasn't quite right. Her singing was very interesting, but I had a problem with her characterization.
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WayTooBroadway
Featured Actor
joined:1/11/10
Cabaret Reviews
Posted: 4/24/14 at 04:07pm
Brantley was at the show on Sunday afternoon.
"When the audience comes in, it changes the temperature of what you've written." -Stephen Sondheim
ray-andallthatjazz86
Broadway Legend
joined:8/2/05
Cabaret Reviews
Posted: 4/24/14 at 04:13pm
What do you mean "Edmond could finally get a nod this time"? She's a two time Tony nominee.
"Some people can thrive and bloom living life in a living room, that's perfect for some people of one hundred and five. But I at least gotta try, when I think of all the sights that I gotta see, all the places I gotta play, all the things that I gotta be at"
KanderEbb
Swing
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Cabaret Reviews
Posted: 4/24/14 at 04:14pm
I co-sign the idea that Michelle Williams is not a good Sally, Jane. Besides, things might be a bit against her if Brantley gives the Cabaret review, because he is a HUGE fan of Natasha Richardson. Williams has a way too big shoe to fit in, in this particular situation.
KanderEbb
Swing
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Cabaret Reviews
Posted: 4/24/14 at 04:18pm
Sorry I didn't make myself clear, All That Jazz... I mean she is snubbed in both Drama League Nomination and Outer Critics Desk Award Nomination in this season.
ethan231h
Broadway Star
joined:5/5/11
Cabaret Reviews
Posted: 4/24/14 at 04:53pm
I think that Michelle Williams plays the role quite well! I find that she really gave a huge chunk of emotion to her performance. When she sings the title song "Cabaret" it is PERFECT. I know that Alan Cumming thought that she was on of the best Sally's

you never know :)

but aside from that Emond and Burstein really should get Nominations if not Win though it will be a tough race between Burstein and Ingelhart!
Jane2
Broadway Legend
joined:2/13/04
Cabaret Reviews
Posted: 4/24/14 at 04:58pm
" I know that Alan Cumming thought that she was on of the best Sally's "

Haha! I'd hate to hear who thinks are some of the worst!
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Alix
Broadway Star
joined:9/10/03
Cabaret Reviews
Posted: 4/24/14 at 05:08pm
As I posted in the Cabaret Previews thread, I thought Michelle was very good overall (particularly in the second act and "Cabaret," which was astonishing), but didn't come off as quite confident enough, especially in "Don't Tell Mama" and, to a lesser extent, "Mein Herr." I also realized a few days after I saw the show that, for the first time, I wasn't entirely sure I believed that Sally was really pregnant. I've never questioned this before (and I think it's pretty much universally taken to be true?) but something about her performance left me wondering if she was making the whole thing up. Not sure what to make of that, but it's interesting. (I'm realizing as I write this that it's also possible that this was influenced by Lindsay Lohan's recent announcement that she had a miscarriage...and the subsequent reactions of many people who think she is lying.)
"The world only spins forward." ~ 'Angels in America'
NewYorkTheater
Broadway Star
joined:1/23/10
bjh2114
Broadway Legend
joined:4/19/06
Cabaret Reviews
Posted: 4/24/14 at 08:13pm
Matthew Murray is mixed to negative:

"The upshot is that if you saw and liked this Cabaret the last time around (it closed in 2004), you’ll probably like it now. The score remains unbeatable, even if the specific selection of numbers (drawn from the previous stage versions and the 1972 film) can sometimes feel haphazard and nonsensical. The supporting roles are expertly filled, with Linda Emond a compellingly empty Fräulein Schneider, whom you believe unquestioningly would sacrifice her chance at happiness for the certitude of existence; Danny Burstein a likable, but hardly shrinking, milquetoast Herr Schultz; and Aaron Krohn and Gayle Rankin quietly threatening as Ernst and Fräulein Kost. And though each new book of Cabaret makes Cliff more of a nonentity, Bill Heck brings a deflated vivacity to the part that comes as far as any I’ve seen to retrieving it from obscurity.

Cumming remains a commanding Emcee, savoring each salacious step he makes and note he sings. Less suavely terrifying than engrossingly ugly, he’s a flawless model for what Mendes and Marshall are going for, and a charismatic center around which the evening can be structured. Reveling in the rot around him and contributing to it as much as he’s able, this Emcee may not appear dangerous but is decadent after a fashion, and, overstated a portrayal as it may be, it more than fulfills its role as society’s disquieting fulcrum."


http://www.talkinbroadway.com/world/index.html
bjh2114
Broadway Legend
joined:4/19/06
Cabaret Reviews
Posted: 4/24/14 at 08:17pm
NBC New York is mixed to positive:

"But it’s also been 10 years since that “Cabaret” closed. And in those 10 years, there has been a shift in what our society deems as provocative. Why, look no further than down the street at the Belasco Theatre, where “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” -- a show that, in 1998, was an underground Off-Broadway cult hit deemed too edgy for Broadway -- is selling-out houses in a production led by an Emmy-winning, out gay actor. Times, they have a-changed. And suddenly the sexual aggressiveness of the 1998 “Cabaret” seems tame.

To put it another way: imagine watching Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time” video for the first time today. Would you be as outraged by Spears’ sexy schoolgirl look having seen Miley Cyrus swing around naked on a wrecking ball?

Just because this “Cabaret” doesn’t carry the same shock value as it once did doesn’t mean we should strip this production of its worth. “Cabaret” is a seductive piece of theater, beautifully designed and with stellar performances throughout. Moreover the show’s story, about a seedy nightclub in 1930s Berlin and how the relationships of its patrons and neighbors are affected by the rise of the Nazi party, rings as poignant as ever."


http://www.nbcnewyork.com/entertainment/the-scene/Review-Caberet-Broadway-Revival---256599831.html
ethan231h
Broadway Star
joined:5/5/11
Cabaret Reviews
Posted: 4/24/14 at 08:21pm
yeah i don't agree with Matthew Murray at all!
bjh2114
Broadway Legend
joined:4/19/06
Cabaret Reviews
Posted: 4/24/14 at 08:22pm
^There's a shock. Rarely does he have an insightful thing to say. Once in a blue moon he gets it right. This is not that time.
ljay889
Broadway Legend
joined:8/4/04
Cabaret Reviews
Posted: 4/24/14 at 08:23pm
The NBC NY review is quite a rave for Williams. I agree with his assessment of her performance.
#sadandtransparent
Updated On: 4/24/14 at 08:23 PM
beltingbaritone
Broadway Star
joined:10/30/08
Cabaret Reviews
Posted: 4/24/14 at 08:24pm
I honestly wonder at times where Murray's interest in theatre comes from since he doesn't seem to like anything.

Men don't even belt.
Updated On: 4/24/14 at 08:24 PM
bjh2114
Broadway Legend
joined:4/19/06
Cabaret Reviews
Posted: 4/24/14 at 08:26pm
The NBC NY review is quite a rave for Williams. I agree with his assessment of her performance.

I MOSTLY agree, though I thought "Williams’ voice is lush, for example, but she adds shaky moments to show us that Sally’s internal insecurities." was a little much. I don't think I'd classify her voice as "lush." She's even said in interviews publicly that she isn't a very strong singer. But I agree about her acting choices.
Jane2
Broadway Legend
joined:2/13/04
Cabaret Reviews
Posted: 4/24/14 at 08:26pm
I agree with M. Murray's assessment of Williams.
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ljay889
Broadway Legend
joined:8/4/04
Cabaret Reviews
Posted: 4/24/14 at 08:26pm
Timeout is Positive

THE BOTTOM LINE A Broadway jewel returns in all its glittering, tarnished glory.

http://www.timeout.com/newyork/theater/cabaret-1
#sadandtransparent
Updated On: 4/24/14 at 08:26 PM
bjh2114
Broadway Legend
joined:4/19/06
Cabaret Reviews
Posted: 4/24/14 at 08:29pm
Feldman is more than positive. He basically wet his pants.
ethan231h
Broadway Star
joined:5/5/11
Cabaret Reviews
Posted: 4/24/14 at 08:46pm
i love how Williams got the rave she deserved from NBC!
jdrye222
Featured Actor
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Cabaret Reviews
Posted: 4/24/14 at 08:50pm
I would be surprised if this gets raves ....

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