REVIEW: Cabaret at Bristol Hippodrome
By Carol_Deacon | Thursday, September 19, 2013, 12:04
Dark and decadent Will Young is the darling of the musical Cabaret which opened for four nights only this week at the Bristol Hippodrome.
Playing at Bristol Hippodrome this week
Will Young as Emcee in Cabaret. PHOTO: Keith Pattison
And the first Pop Idol winner is a sensational show-stopping hit.
Set in Berlin and based on pre-war experiences of author Christopher Isherwood, Cabaret tells the story of a city which in the 1930s is swinging – both ways.
The Bristol Hippodrome has staged some challenging productions in recent months dealing with sexism (Working Nine To Five), racism (Save The Last Dance For Me and Hairspray) and sadomasochism (Rocky Horror Show).
Cabaret challlenges a lot of isms by laying bare anti-Semitism and homophobia with the rise of fascism in Germany in the decade leading up to World World 2.
There are some memorable big numbers including Money Makes The World Go Round, Two Ladies, Maybe This Time and the title song Cabaret.
In parts it isn't easy to watch but it has an 'interesting and smile-provoking' full frontal moment and a chilling bare bottoms finale.
While the Rufus Norris production of the Kander and Ebb's musical doesn't have the clownish bounce of the film version starring Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey despite the gloom it is gripping.
The principal players including Will (Emcee), television and stage actor Matt Rawle as budding author Cliff and Siobhan Dillon, a Marie finalist, as the fruitcake Kit Kat Klub singer Sally Bowles are magnificent.
Also deserving a mention are former New Seeker Lyn Paul (Fraulein Schneider), Shakespearian actor Linal Haft (Herr Schultz) and star of film and stage Valerie Cutko (Fraulein Kost).
Apart from the annoying roll-on, roll-off bedsit bed – which looked as if it was on loan from the BRI – the set is great and the choreography and costumes wonderful.
For tickets at £15-£49.50 with concessions available at certain performances go to www.atgtickets.com/bristol.
The Bristol Hippodrome has a full line-up of fantastic shows including opera, pop, ballet and one-off star performances. Here is a selection of its future programme until the end of this year:
Thriller Live is a spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of the world's greatest entertainer the late Michael Jackson and runs from Monday to Saturday, September 30-October 5. Tickets at £16-£36.50 with concessions available at certain performances go to www.thrillerlive.com for more information.
Marti Pellow, the lead singer of Scottish pop group Wet Wet Wet, stars in Evita which opens on Monday, October 7 and runs until Saturday, 12. Featuring some of the most famous and inspiring stage music ever written, including the classic songs Don't Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night of a Thousand Stars, Oh What a Circus, You Must Love Me and Another Suitcase In Another Hall this Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber production is on a spectacular national tour. Tickets at £10-£37.50 with concessions available at certain performances go to www.kenwright.com.
Based on TS Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber's record- breaking adaptation is on a UK tour. Directed by Trevor Nunn, with choreography by Gillian Lynne and set and costume design by John Napier it runs from Tuesday to Saturday, October 15-26. Tickets £15-£45 with concessions available at certain performances. For more information go to www.catsthemusical.com.
With a 50-strong cast Bristol's multi award-winning production company BLOC Productions present their winter wonderland with Irving Berlin's White Christmas, a spectacular stage musical of Bing Crosby's classic 1954 movie with classic Irving Berlin hits like Blue Skies, How Deep is the Ocean? Happy Holiday, Sisters and of course the unforgettable title song White Christmas. It runs from Tuesday to Saturday, November 19-23 with tickets £12.50-£25.50 from www.atgtickets.com/bristol.
Tickets for the annual pantomime starring naughty but nice dancer and Big Brother celebrity Louie Spence, West Country comedian Andy Ford and former singer with pop group Hear'say, Suzanne Shaw, in the title role are selling fast. The show runs from Friday to Sunday, December 6-January 5, 2014 and promises to be the perfect festive treat. Go to www.atgtickets.com/bristol. Tickets £11.90-£37.90 with online booking fee.
- And it gets even better for 2014 with Dirty Dancing, West Side Story, Singin' in the Rain, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Mousetrap and the fabulous Barry Humphries - The Eat, Pray and Laugh Tour in February.