16th Dec, 2017

Theatre Review - 'Cabaret' at Malvern Theatres

Imogen Buller 11th Oct, 2017

WHAT good is sitting alone in your room? Come, hear the music play… as award-winning musical Cabaret hits the stage.

A standing ovation was lavished upon the sparkling sell-out show at Malvern Theatre, in which glamour and divine decadence attempt gloss over the dark and disturbing backdrop of Nazi Germany.

In the role that earned him an Olivier award nomination, Will Young reprises his critically acclaimed performance of Emcee in Rufus Norris’ production of Cabaret.

The Master of Ceremonies at the seedy Kit Kat nightclub serves as the storyteller is this tale of forbidden love and brutal politics. Young is quite mesmerizing onstage as Emcee with an outrageous, cheeky surface demeanor, flecked with increasingly disturbing undertones.

Welcoming audiences to the show – his show – Young guides us through the pleasure and pain the underworld of Berlin in 1931.

The supporting cast of Kit Kat club singers and dancers literally shine on stage, grotesquely beautiful, sexy and risque in numbers that begin as luxurious and frivolous, but which gradually reveal the creeping darkness of the politics and the growing acceptance of anti-semitism in Nazi Germany.

TV presenter, musician and 2016 Strictly Come Dancing runner up Louise Redknapp stars alongside Young, as the outrageous and fragile Sally Bowles.

Her vocals are flawless, and her scatty, colourful performance as Sally hints at the melancholy that lies beneath the hollow pleasures of the glitzy showgirl lifestyle.

The story set in Berlin, 1931, sees the Nazis rising to power, and focuses on the nightlife at the underground Kit Kat Klub, where young American writer Cliff Bradshaw meets  32-year-old English cabaret performer Sally Bowles.

With a live orchestra on stage, Cabaret feels like a real-life underground show, with scanty clad dancers, sequins, champagne, fluttering eyelashes and leather hotpants in abundance.

Featuring show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes and some of the most iconic songs in musical theatre including Money Makes The World Go Round,Two Ladies, Maybe This Time and of course, Cabaret.

Tickets for the entire run at Malvern have sold out, but this show is not one to be missed and comes highly recommended.

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