Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Theater Page: Cabaret and Violet

The Tony Award nominations come out today, but I already know my picks for best Broadway musicals this season: Violet and Cabaret, both put on by the Roundabout Theatre Company. Both are revivals, but they're brand new to me. I had never heard the music for either production, but was instantly hooked—and moved—by both performances. 

First, Violet: I didn't think Sutton Foster could get any better after seeing her play Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, but she kicks things up a notch playing the title role in this show (Southern twang and all). Her voice gave me chills, as did the musical chops of the rest of the cast. For a glimpse of their talent, watch this YouTube clip.

Next, Cabaret: To see Alan Cumming in the role that won him a Tony almost 15 years ago was gift enough. But to see him reprise his performance at Studio 54, alongside Michelle Williams, was a treat. I had never seen this show, and was captivated by the story, the cast, the music, the sadness—the whole experience. (Here's a sneak peek.)

I highly recommend both shows! Now, you go: Have you seen any good theater this spring?

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