Review: Cabaret, Studio 54

“Outside it is winter. But in here it’s so hot.”

It is 22 years since Sam Mendes debuted his iconic revival of Kander and Ebb’s musical Cabaret with Alan Cumming (re)creating the role of the Emcee and in the hallowed grounds of Studio 54, he is back in that part overseeing a succession of bright young things taking on the equally iconic character of Sally Bowles. Michelle Williams (Dawson’s not Destiny’s) opened up this run and Sienna Miller will step into the shoes next month but it is recent Academy Award nominee Emma Stone was the original choice for this particular revival.

fascinatingly honest interview reveals the reason why she couldn’t open the show but circumstance prevailed to allow her to join the company and ever so pleasingly, right at the moment that I was in town. And she is brilliant in the role, it’s no mean feat putting her own spin on a character that has been so effectively previously immortalised but Stone manages it, finding a real sense of a new, fresh, personality for Sally that is more emotional, fragile even, laying bare all the vulnerability of a young woman aching for a place to belong in a world that is turning its back on her, and so many others. Continue reading “Review: Cabaret, Studio 54”

Theatre World Awards 2009-2010

Nina Arianda – Venus in Fur
Chris Chalk – Fences
Bill Heck – The Orphans’ Home Cycle
Jon Michael Hill – Superior Donuts
Scarlett Johansson – A View from the Bridge
Keira Keeley – The Glass Menagerie
Sahr Ngaujah – Fela!
Eddie Redmayne – Red
Andrea Riseborough – The Pride
Heidi Schreck – Circle Mirror Transformation
Stephanie Umoh – Ragtime
Michael Urie – The Temperamentals

Dorothy Loudon Starbaby Award: Bobby Steggert – Ragtime and Yank!