To say that Friday nights’ much-anticipated viewing of CABERET at Cape Town’s Fugard Theatre was…sensational…is the understatement of the year!
We’ve all read the reviews, social media is abuzz with publicity praise worthy of an Oscar alone, and the “word on the street” rings resoundingly…”If you have not seen this show – you have not been to the theatre!”
I have closely followed the publicity surrounding the show since the announcement of the cast, which funnily enough includes my very first boss – the brilliantly talented – Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (also on musical supervision for the show), and the uber talented Louisa Talbot on choreography. Those of you in the dance world will relate and this alone would have sent you to the box office, so I have to say that my expectation levels have been through the roof!
Just arriving at The Fugard Theatre is entertaining. It’s impossible to not be swept up in the mince and madness of the crowd, which spills onto the streets and heaves and jitters. The energy is scintillating, the bar swinging to its fullest and it feels as if you could have stepped into a different time and place – perhaps your own private contemporary version of a razzling Kit Kat Club in war-torn Germany. You most certainly would not feel out of place if you decided to arrive in a feathered bikini and it is clear that the objective of all patrons resides firmly in anticipating being utterly transported…
The brilliantly cast emcee (Charl-Johan Lingenfelder), Sally Bowles (Claire Taylor) and the raucous Kit Kat ensemble tantalise the crowd to the point where no one can help leaving their troubles outside! The music, costuming, staging, choreography (of course) and cast were genius – clever, dynamic, apt, appropriately shocking, raunchy, engaging..! Four years’ at drama school clinched a certain amount of respect for stage genius, and it takes a whole lot of genius to bring all theatre elements together in perfect unadulterated harmony and keep them there from the start to the finale of a show. This production, well its bang on the mark – and keeps you there….the whole way. That’s a whole lot of genius!
Directed by Matthew Wild, who has certainly earned his directing stripes over the years’, (and who just happened to be one year above me at said drama school) with musical supervision by Charl-Johan Lingerfelder (yip, there he is again)…’John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff’s Tony Award-Winning musical is all about following your heart while the world loses its way’.
“There was a Cabaret, and there was a master of ceremonies and there was a city called Berlin in a country called Germany. It was the end of the world … and I was dancing with Sally Bowles and we were both fast asleep …”
Do yourselves a favour – trade the usual date night recipe for a night at The Fugard – and soon, because the show completes its eight week run in June! There are some things that even an excellent dining experience can’t beat, and this would be it!
Photos courtesy of: http://www.thefugard.com/whats-on/currently-on/item/Cabaret
Mother-of-two delicious girls, lover of food (fine and fast), purveyor of all things pretty and Jill of all things ‘creative’…Nancy has a background in the visual arts, design and marketing and is the owner and Creative Director of Magpie as well as a co-owner and partner of The Magpie and The Owl – Signature Events. Having worked with the eat.art team for some time, she is thrilled to take time out from juggling and add some spice to the eat.art blog. Don’t get us wrong….it’s not that it needs it….it just wants more…and she is happy to oblige.