(Apologies for my copious posts lately, killing time til something interesting happens, maybe a lovely houseguest?)
I didn't think the absence of young Aryan was fatal to Caberet's (the Scarp one's) power. While in the Playlovers version the scene was definately my favourite, so chilling in the light of hindsight, it stayed with me for a long time after the show finished. But the way it was used in the Scarp version was totally different. In my mind having the Nazi guy teach the American guy (oh, so familure with the text!) the song was indcative of the German people begining to learn and follow a "tune", when they had no idea what it meant or of it's consequences. Of their innocence and indocrination.
I loved both the treatments of this scene, the Playlovers one and the Scarp one, and found them equally moving and powerful, but in very different ways.
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