This entire article is worth reading.
P.S. obviously the overt and all-encompassing sexuality is a big part of Alan’s Emcee and I don’t really relate to that but the whole “otherworldly gender fairy who sometimes presents as totally masculine and sometimes presents as totally feminine but is usually somewhere else on the spectrum but will always be like ‘Hello yes this is me! Still me!’ no matter what he’s wearing and also black lipstick and eyeliner go with everything” vibe is so so important and inspiring to me and adghjdfgdkl
More in depth Cabaret review now that I’m home and settled down:
-JUST AS GLORIOUS THE SECOND TIME AROUND
-No but seriously if you are at all able to go see this show you really should, and if you’re between 18 and 35 years old you can get $25 tickets (which are in the last few rows but as demonstrated before it’s a small theater) SO YEAH
-Although Michelle Williams was still awful, possibly even worse since the last time….I can’t tell whether she was actually worse or if I just have higher standards now after listening to the 1998 cast recording a zillion times and becoming more informed on the show in general
-My family hated her way more than I did though which was pretty funny but I was willing to give her some slack since it’s hard to tell whether it’s just that the character of Sally is irritating and not particularly talented or that the actor is not doing a good job with being a Broadway performer?
But either way, she was the only one who seemed like she was really obviously acting while everyone else flawlessly embodied their characters (especially Alan, but duh.) but as several reviews have stated, she starts off super weak (Don’t Tell Mama was kind of painful) but gets better as the show goes on and her rendition of Cabaret at the end is successfully heartbreaking.
-Dear people who laughed when the Emcee came out at the end to introduce “Cabaret” and was obviously in bad shape and showing signs of drug abuse, and MORE IMPORTANTLY the people who laughed at the end of “If You Could See Her”, you did not deserve to be there.
-Dear Alan Cumming, bless you for staring down the audience at said points until all laughter had ceased and the room was completely quiet to continue your lines.
-Really just bless you in general. Be still, my heart.
-Dear everyone, thank you for not laughing or making other inappropriate noises during the finale since I’ve heard of that being a problem at other shows.
-Speaking of which, I thought the finale would be easier to watch when I knew what was coming but NOPE it made it way worse and I spent the last several minutes of the show shaking and crying. Fun times.
-I’m dying at this because it’s especially funny if it was taken at my show since the security was super on top of things about there being NO PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED AT ANY TIME (side note- whoops.) which they totally weren’t as strict about last time so ???
-Got a lot of compliments on my outfit from the staff which was nice!
-Can you use Hiptix more than once? Because I’m really tempted to see the show again once Michelle Williams leaves….
-$25 tickets are weird because the shirts in the merch store are $30 so I’m like “well, I could buy a shirt…..or for $5 less I could come see the show again…..?” Whoops.