Malcolm wrote: "This production of Cabaret isn't the same version of the production we know and love but something very, very different. The director has seen it necessary to add songs, characters, and sub-plots, in order to give the story of an American writer who falls in love with a cabaret girl a brand new twist".
Jamie certainly added some of his own clever ideas to 'Cabaret' but the re-written script and additional songs and sub-plots were in fact, mostly, (please correct me if I'm wrong Jamie) part of the recent revival of 'Cabaret' and were not the work of the director.
Personally, I didn't like the script re-writes. It seemed to me that this new version was almost sending up the original one at times. I even found myself shaking my head in disbelief once or twice. I also thought that the absence of the young Aryan Nazi singing "Tomorrow Belongs to Me" was fatal to the power of the show.
This new 'Cabaret' is worth seeing even if you are a 'Cabaret' prude though because of the interesting discussion it elicits.
What I loved about 'Cabaret' was the simple, representational way in which the show was presented and I enjoyed the final twist (which I believe was a Jamie original). The new song "I Don't Care Much" is lovely and was sung beautifully by Ethan Tomas. Nadia Nassif (Sally) is exceptionally talented. It was a pleasure to finally hear her sing (I've got her Myrtle CD, but that's a bit different to Music Theatre) but I was disappointed that she didn't down the egg!!
Chookas to all involved for the rest of the season and all the best for your pro future Jamie.
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