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CABARET at the Kit Kat Club (2024) Opening Night Critics' Reviews

Theatrefanboy1
#400CABARET at the Kit Kat Club (2024) Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 6/26/24 at 10:23am

I understood they’d be announcing the actor to succeed Eddie in the next 10-14 days(“mid-July”). Apparently it’s a bigger name than Eddie.  My honest initial thought was it would be Timothee Chalamet for a run to Feb/March. But I have no idea. 

JasonC3
#401CABARET at the Kit Kat Club (2024) Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 6/26/24 at 1:19pm

Someone on the UK board says it is Adam Lambert:

https://theatreboard.co.uk/post/524698/thread
Updated On: 6/26/24 at 01:19 PM

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Huss417
#402CABARET at the Kit Kat Club (2024) Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 6/26/24 at 1:58pm

JasonC3 said: "Someone on the UK board says it is Adam Lambert:

https://theatreboard.co.uk/post/524698/thread

"

That would get me to go back.


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TheatreFan4
#403CABARET at the Kit Kat Club (2024) Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 6/26/24 at 3:19pm

JasonC3 said: "Someone on the UK board says it is Adam Lambert:

https://theatreboard.co.uk/post/524698/thread

"

So much for BIGGER than Eddie, but I'd see it.

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WldKingdomHM
#404CABARET at the Kit Kat Club (2024) Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 6/26/24 at 6:13pm

Isn’t he touring with Queen until November?

persephone88
#405CABARET at the Kit Kat Club (2024) Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 6/26/24 at 7:24pm

I'd go see it again if Mason Alexander Park came over....

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GiantsInTheSky2
#406CABARET at the Kit Kat Club (2024) Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 6/26/24 at 8:41pm

WldKingdomHM said: "Isn’t he touring with Queen until November?"

To my understanding, no. They toured until November of last year, this year they did five Japan shows in February and currently have no scheduled performances together. 


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tacotheatrelover
#407CABARET at the Kit Kat Club (2024) Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 6/26/24 at 8:41pm

persephone88 said: "I'd go see it again if Mason Alexander Park came over...."

I still want Fra back.

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TaffyDavenport
#408CABARET at the Kit Kat Club (2024) Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 6/27/24 at 6:33pm

While it sounds like Adam Lambert is a done deal, Sweaty Oracle posted a less-substantiated rumor today that Auli'i Cravalho could be taking over as Sally. If true, I'm not surprised that they're going with 2 leads who have strong singing voices, since American audiences (and the public since the Tonys performance went viral) aren't entirely sold on the concept, and would probably be more satisfied if they could at least hear the songs sung really well. Mind you, I liked Eddie and Gayle both very much, but, from a business standpoint going forward, I understand taking it in that direction, once again, if true.

Updated On: 6/27/24 at 06:33 PM

windowwaving
#409CABARET at the Kit Kat Club (2024) Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 6/27/24 at 8:51pm

Not sure if this has been asked, so apologies if it has. But would it be a better experience to come in blind or should I watch the movie first? 

MemorableUserName
#410CABARET at the Kit Kat Club (2024) Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 6/27/24 at 9:26pm

The movie is very different; they changed the characters, the subplot, and some of the songs, so isn't necessary to understand the stage show. It's great in its own right, but it's own thing.

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BrodyFosse123
#411CABARET at the Kit Kat Club (2024) Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 6/28/24 at 1:37pm

windowwaving said: "Not sure if this has been asked, so apologies if it has. But would it be a better experience to come in blind or should I watch the movie first?"

Bob Fosse’s legendary 1972 film adaptation is enormously different from the stage play - cut characters and storylines, added characters and storylines, tons of cut songs and added songs, etc. Even the current revival has been heavily modified from the original 1966 Broadway production. 


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Kad
#412CABARET at the Kit Kat Club (2024) Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 6/28/24 at 4:12pm

TaffyDavenport said: "While it sounds like Adam Lambert is a done deal, Sweaty Oracle posted a less-substantiated rumor todaythat Auli'i Cravalho could be taking over as Sally. If true, I'm not surprised that they're going with 2 leads who have strong singing voices, since American audiences(and the public since the Tonys performance went viral) aren't entirely sold on the concept, and wouldprobably be more satisfied if they could at leasthear the songs sung really well. Mind you, I liked Eddie and Gayle both very much, but, from a business standpoint going forward, I understand taking itin that direction, once again,iftrue."

I had no issues with Redmayne and Rankin’s singing- it was the conception of the characters and numbers that stood in the way for me. It seems like Redmayne’s affectations are his own idiosyncratic take on the Emcee, however, so it’ll be nice to see somebody else take it on (though Lambert feels like an odd choice- this isn’t really a vocally showy role).


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binau
#413CABARET at the Kit Kat Club (2024) Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 6/28/24 at 4:16pm

I'll admit it, if Adam Lambert is on when Gypsy opens I'll go back and I wouldn't have said that yesterday. I have a funny feeling that if he isn't shackled by the direction he might be able to get some charisma back in that role. 


"You can't overrate Bernadette Peters. She is such a genius. There's a moment in "Too Many Mornings" and Bernadette doing 'I wore green the last time' - It's a voice that is just already given up - it is so sorrowful. Tragic. You can see from that moment the show is going to be headed into such dark territory and it hinges on this tiny throwaway moment of the voice." - Ben Brantley (2022) "Bernadette's whole, stunning performance [as Rose in Gypsy] galvanized the actors capable of letting loose with her. Bernadette's Rose did take its rightful place, but too late, and unseen by too many who should have seen it" Arthur Laurents (2009) "Sondheim's own favorite star performances? [Bernadette] Peters in ''Sunday in the Park,'' Lansbury in ''Sweeney Todd'' and ''obviously, Ethel was thrilling in 'Gypsy.'' Nytimes, 2000

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Jordan Catalano
#414CABARET at the Kit Kat Club (2024) Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 6/30/24 at 6:41pm

I was told Adam and Auli'i are official as the replacement cast.  

BoringBoredBoard40
#415CABARET at the Kit Kat Club (2024) Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 6/30/24 at 7:33pm

ill be curious to see how much they move the needle 

MezzA101
#416CABARET at the Kit Kat Club (2024) Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 7/3/24 at 11:21am

Eddie Redmayne’s Emcee performance has caused uproar – but there is more to this Cabaret than meets the eye

 

https://theconversation.com/eddie-redmaynes-emcee-performance-has-caused-uproar-but-there-is-more-to-this-cabaret-than-meets-the-eye-233704

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everythingtaboo
#417CABARET at the Kit Kat Club (2024) Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 7/3/24 at 1:28pm

Auliʻi Cravalho? This is going to be very awkward for the parents who have to tell their kids they can't see Moana on Broadway?




"Hey little girls, look at all the men in shiny shirts and no wives!" - Jackie Hoffman, Xanadu, 19 Feb 2008

chrishuyen
#418CABARET at the Kit Kat Club (2024) Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 7/3/24 at 1:29pm

I heard the new cast just went in for press photos, but not who they were.  Assuming it is Auli'i, wouldn't she need to do a press tour for Moana 2?

hearthemsing22
#419CABARET at the Kit Kat Club (2024) Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 7/3/24 at 1:37pm

chrishuyen said: "I heard the new cast just went in for press photos, but not who they were. Assuming it is Auli'i, wouldn't she need to do a press tour for Moana 2?"

I'd assume she'd be there for an extremely limited run- I wonder what the shortest stint for casting has been- maybe 6 weeks or something? 

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tacotheatrelover
#420CABARET at the Kit Kat Club (2024) Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 7/3/24 at 11:09pm

This is so very random but tonight I rewatched a few movies, all of which staring Zach Galifianakis, and after my binge watching I genuinely think he could pull off the emcee. Call me crazy, Call me mad, But I want this man as the emcee now. If Eddie Redmayne can do it, I'd say let the man who voiced the Lego joker do it. I want this so bad.

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inception
#421CABARET at the Kit Kat Club (2024) Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 7/3/24 at 11:14pm

You need to sleep off whatever it is you have been partaking of. :)


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Robbie2
#422CABARET at the Kit Kat Club (2024) Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 7/3/24 at 11:51pm

Jordan Catalano said: "I was told Adam andAuli'i are official as the replacement cast."

CABARET at the Kit Kat Club (2024) Opening Night Critics' Reviews


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#423CABARET at the Kit Kat Club (2024) Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 7/4/24 at 8:40am

tacotheatrelover said: "This is so very random but tonight I rewatched a few movies, all of which staringZach Galifianakis, and after my binge watchingI genuinely think he could pull off the emcee. Call me crazy, Call me mad, But I want this man as the emcee now. If Eddie Redmayne can do it, I'd say let the man who voiced the Lego joker do it. I want this so bad."

100% agree. I was never a fan until I watched 'Baskets'. He's got way more range than I ever imagined.

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Scarywarhol
#424CABARET at the Kit Kat Club (2024) Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 7/9/24 at 4:08pm

I couldn't believe how little preparation front of house seemed to have at this point when I went last night. Nobody was able to confidently point our way, we were twice given incorrect information about where to go for seating, and what is usually the main August Wilson lobby space that everyone seems directed to pass through regardless of where their seat is was an absolute s***show. There was a wall of people watching the Amanda Palmer-esque performance fully blocking the bathroom. I kept being directed away as I tried to approach, then pointed back by others when I asked where I could use a restroom. I have really loved a number of actually immersive productions, but on Broadway, where crowd management and wildly varying levels of audience sophistication are more of an issue, it's consistently turned out to be a buzzword for "We're just going to try to sell you on a lot more very expensive drinks." Ultimately added nothing and did the exact opposite of transport me. The auditorium reconfiguration is impressive, though it basically feels like a less artistically specific (if perhaps more costly) retread of Great Comet. Chavkin's shows seemed to have a large influence in general, at least superficially. The buzz around this production also seemed to want us to forget the Henry Miller transformation into "The Kit Kat Klub"? Much ado. 

The production I found to be alternately pretty confused and overly obvious, though I was entertained. I thought Act 2 fared better. The David Byrne/Bowie as the Thin White Duke conception of conformity and self-silencing, while again not exactly thematically coherent, was at least kind of interesting and an attempt at something new. Ultimately, I think trying to have its cake (the cabaret is a trendy queer haven that either exploits or celebrates the kind of gender diversity and queerness we expect in productions of the moment) and eat it too (the cabaret is a nigh-supernatural and puppet-like manifestation of dark forces of fascism, with the Emcee taking on an almost Pennywise-like dimension as its main human-shaped avatar) are...a hell of an odd combination. I think the difference of a few years since this production was mounted across the pond and now have likely not done it any favors for reasons too voluminous and complex for this post. I kind of wished for the whole thing to have a more intelligent and trenchant connection to the moment, but even in its darkest moments it feels a bit naive and superficial. And from the opening moments, the cabaret dancers felt like well-scrubbed theater students trying to Blue Steel their way into being creepy-kooky. I thought that some of the more expressionist moments at least looked cool, and helped when the staging in general began to feel repetitive. 

 

Bebe Neuwirth was fantastic. Rankin had a few really great moments I thought, with "Maybe This Time" (also nicely/simply staged) winning me over after a very rough start that was not helped by the direction and design of the in-club numbers. Redmayne out Mondays of course, but I think I got a pretty clear idea of the production's take on the character though I think David Merino may not be going quite as far with the affectations given available video. Tbh I'm glad I saw him instead. 

 

Idk, you can't really kill Cabaret. The show survives, there are some bright spots, I think there's some nice intention around Sally once we're well along. But I think this is also anything but a case of New York critics not embracing something because it is too experimental. It's New York critics knowing the show and its potential very well. There just isn't enough of a confidently unique voice that knows what it's saying. This is a pretty self-conscious effort to grab at many theatrical trends of the past 20 years and feels generally a bit stale and grating. 

Updated On: 7/9/24 at 04:08 PM


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