Cabaret - Blackpool Opera House
Graham Clark, Features Writer
The last time I saw Will Young in Blackpool he was playing a Radio 2 concert in the Floral Hall. I wasn't too impressed as he seemed a little insipid, however in his role of Emcee, master of ceremonies, in this new production of Cabaret he is exceptional.
It is a role that appears was made for him to play: risque, at times camp but always entertaining, his facial mannerisms ranged from quizzical to childlike amazement.
He appears at the start of the evening out of the letter O in the giant wires WILL KOM MEN.
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American writer Charles Bradshaw (Charles Hagerty) arrives in the city to find some inspiration for his forthcoming novel. Most of the action duration on the night takes place in the Kit Kat Club.
He meets dancer Sally Bowles (Louise Redknapp). I never realised that she has such a strong singing voice, which was never heard when she was in the girl group, Eternal. Her acting at times seemed a little wooden but her vocals more than made up for it.
There are some comical scenes such as the bed scene where many people seem to be coming and going in and out of the bed; in a way it brought a Pantomime touch to the proceedings.
Fraulen Schneider (Susan Penhaligen) and Herr Schultz (Lina Hart) as the owners of the bedsit and the Jewish shopkeeper respectively are brilliant, they provide some wisdom and best laughable lines of the night.
The first half of the evening is not too dark, however the dark undertones of The Nazi ideology come to the fore during the second half of the show.
With perfect choreography and a story line that stays close to the original film version this is a dazzling, energetic production. The songs such as Money Makes the Workd Go Round and of course Cabaret where Redknapp comes into her own, are all there.
As the song goes "Come to the Cabaret", you certainly will not be disappointed with this stunning version.
Runs until Saturday 7 October
0844 836 1111
Plays Leeds Grand Theatre 24-28 October
0844 848 2700
Cabaret - Blackpool Opera House, 4th October 2017, 11:40 AM