My English teacher called me “one of life’s great wafflers” and that about sums me up!
Cabaret is classic with a capital C. It’s ubiquity within the culture endures. It is two-handed in its influence: it is iconic, acclaimed and adored, but also crucially it innovated cinematic language. It rewrote the rule book. In fact, it tore it to shreds.
Fifty years on and it’s easy to take such a seismic work for granted by way of the musicals we have seen since. But all you need to do is take a look at the decade prior…
Back in the day, my go-to 'hottest take' was that Muriel's Wedding was the definitive ABBA Musical. Sure, Mamma Mia is fun, but Muriel's Wedding encapsulates the unbridled hope of ABBA's discography. It epitomises growing up on the optimism of ABBA and looking beyond your bedroom walls to the dazzling freedom awaiting you. Yet a fundamental part of freedom is the weight of expectation that follows. To succeed, to prosper, to marry: All come to ground our wonderment in reality.…
I wouldn’t have committed my thoughts to writing if not for the highest review being a measly two stars for this blatant gem! My gosh, this is a bottled drama I’m willing to steak my minimal critical reputation on!
This tiny, contained masterpiece is just rapturous. One can’t help but fall for its theatricality. From the very start, it presents this Arizona Diner recreated at the Warner Bros studio. Despite the artifice, we are immersed in this world. The tale…