potential audition song

Hey guys!  

So, I was thinking this morning about more ways that I can help my followers become more well-rounded performers, and how I can help you with your careers, or just give you more ways to love theatre!  

Here’s what I was thinking: I constantly get questions about how people can learn more rep, find more musicals, know more about the theatre industry, and I wholeheartedly believe that having a wide knowledge of musicals over the years is one of the biggest things that can help your career!  You will know more composers, more styles, start to see patterns, find what you like, what you don’t like, and lots more!  So, my goal is to help you all find musicals you’ve never heard, watch musicals you’ve heard of that you didn’t know how to find, and altogether widen your knowledge of the musical theatre world!  

So here’s how it works:

Every Friday, I’m going to pick a new musical for us to watch/listen to.  I’ll give a bit of history on it, perhaps the original cast, why it’s important, why I chose it, and then a link to the recording and perhaps a video (or a set of clips, if that’s all I can find.)  Then, throughout the week, you can listen to it, watch it, enjoy it, and then post on your findings!  Things I’d love to see from you guys:

  • Did you like the musical or not? Why?  
  • Favorite songs?  Favorite lines?  Least favorite songs?
  • Are there any roles for you?
  • Potential audition songs?
  • How much would you LOVE to see it revived?
  • Have you seen it before?
  • Perhaps you want to link a recording from another actor you love performing in the show.
  • What do you think of the composer?
  • And whatever else you may find interesting about it!

Please tag all your posts with #wwmmusicals so that we can all see your thoughts and be able to have some great chats about musicals!  You’ll leave each week knowing the show’s major roles, audition songs, more about the composer and the time period in musical theatre history, and have a new show under your belt.  You might also find a new favorite or two!  (More under cut)

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Cabaret presented by broadway-luv!

This is the sixteenth installment of the Watch With Me: Musicals series where we watch/listen to a musical, talk about what we like, don’t like, characters, audition songs, analysis, best songs, worst songs, everything! Click here to find out more and get involved, everybody is welcome!

The Synopsis/history: Cabaret features a score by John Kander and Fred Ebb, and a book by Joe Masterhoff. It is based on on the 1951 American- British play “I Am A Camera” and the 1939 British novel “Goodbye to Berlin”. The story follows American writer Cliff Bradshaw when he moves to Berlin in 1931 during the Weimar Republic. He encounters the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy run down nightclub that serves as a metaphor for Germany at the time, there he meets Sally Bowles, a British aspiring actress. A subplot involves his landlady Fräulein Schneider’s romance with Herr Schultz, an elderly Jewish Fruit shop owner. 

The original 1966 Broadway production was nominated for eleven Tony awards, winning Best Musical, Best Score, Best Featured Actor (Joel Grey who played the Kit Kat Klub Emcee), Best Featured Actress (Peg Murray who played Fräulein Kost, one of Fräulein Schneider’s renters), Best Direction, Best Choreography, Best Scenic Design, And Best Costume design. It was made into a 1972 movie starring Liza Minelli which won 8 oscars. A Broadway revival was staged in 1987 and was nominated for four Tony awards. In 1998, Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall restaged the musical, adding and cutting songs and scenes. The revival was a success and was nominated for ten Tony awards, winning Best Revival, Best Leading Actor (Alan Cumming who played a reimagined version of the Emcee), Best Leading Actress (Natasha Richardson for playing Sally), and Best Featured Actor (Ron Rifkin for playing Herr Shultz).

 The revival ran for seven years and is the third longest running revival to date. The same production was mounted again in 2014, with Cumming reprising his role and Michelle Williams starring as Sally (Emma Stone and Sienna Miller were later replacements). Despite not being eligible for most awards, the revival was nominated for two Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Choice Circle Awards, two Astaire Awards and one Drama Desk Award.

Video:  

Act 1:

1: https://youtu.be/pnwVidzxL9Y

2: https://youtu.be/R3GpIGnin7Q

3: https://youtu.be/9fsNQEAAeI8

4:

https://youtu.be/rJImXeulBms

5: https://youtu.be/A_ArcU4j9mQ

ACT 2: 

1:https://youtu.be/4p4fKVfwaSM

2: https://youtu.be/iN2FHtZjng8

3: http://youtu.be/5myAvq4ofNc

Enjoy!  Give it a listen/watch and share your thoughts under the tag #wwmmusicals before next Friday, and I will do the same!  I know this musical can be a bit daunting for those of us who only speak English, but I’ve heard great things about the subtitled videos, so give a chance! If you already know the musical, I still encourage you to post your thoughts on it.  Some things to get your mind going: Do you like the musical or not? Why?  Favorite songs?  Favorite lines?  Least favorite songs? Are there any roles for you? Potential audition songs? How much would you LOVE to see it on Broadway! Have you seen it before? Perhaps you want to link a recording from another actor you love performing in the show or covering a song? What do you think of the composer? Why do you think it’s important? And whatever else you may find interesting about it!  Get your posts up, and we’ll get the conversation rolling!

Thank you so much for putting this surprise presentation together, broadway-luv!  I know we’re halfway through the week, but we had a sudden cancellation, so this will just be a mini installment–a little surprise gift, if you will.  But this is a lovely presentation, and it was such a great discovery to see this in my inbox.  Thank you!!