Cabaret is a hilarious, raunchy, heart wrenching look into the past. The opening was wildly entertaining and instantly draws you in.
It takes place in Berlin during the rise of the Nazi’s. At the beginning, it’s always party time at the Kit Kat Klub. You’re drawn in to the kinky fantasies and cheap, seedy lives of the characters.
As the show continues, you start to catch glimpses of their reality. It’s war time. Everyone is confused, choosing sides, trying to find happiness. The over-the-top erotic lifestyle is a cover, it’s their safe haven. Until the Kit Kat Klub no longer provides them shelter. It is a story that reminds us, in the midst of war, there is no escape.
The cast of Cabaret is full of incredible talent.
As the Emcee, Jon Peterson was an audience favorite. He slinked in and out of almost every scene as if he were the emcee of not just the Kit Kat Klub, but also the characters’ lives. His songs were the raunchiest**, which were hilarious and started the show with an upbeat feel. His transition from happy, kinky emcee, to one that had been consumed by the effects of war was a devastating pleasure to watch.
Leigh Ann Larkin is making her Cabaret debut as Sally Bowles, and she was captivating. Her character is endearing, easy to love, but also infuriating. She ignores the troubles of the day by drowning herself in booze and men, clearly in denial of the effects the war is having on people around her.
My favorite voice was Benjamin Eakeley, as Clifford Bradshaw. His character is an American writer trying to find inspiration in a new country for his novel. He was quickly consumed by the bright lights, music, and liquor at the Kit Kat Klub.
A huge highlight for me was the Kit Kat Klub Band. They were on a scaffolding on stage framed by glittering lights during most of the show. At the start of Act II, they gathered together and played a piece that was upbeat and mesmerizing. The band also doubles as the cast which is incredible to see so many multi-talented people all in one place.
I brought a friend of mine that had never been to the Paramount Theater in Seattle so I was excited to introduce it to her with this production. I was fairly confident it would be edgy and fun, and it did not disappoint. And with such a shocking ending, it will not soon be forgotten by either of us.
**This show is not appropriate for children. The blatant sexual innuendos are enough to make anyone blush. Cabaret is perfect for a date night, or a girls night out.
I have good news! If you’re in the Seattle area, the show is running through June 25th.
If you aren’t in the Seattle area, feel free to visit Cabaret National Tour to find out if they will be in your city soon!
All photos are courtesy of Joan Marcus.