Kabarett & Cabaret

kabarettArtists like Frederick Hollander, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Hanns Eisler, and Franz Waxman took the music-theatre form of cabaret and created a potent expression of the zeitgeist of Berlin from World War I into the thirties. What distinguished it for you, and how did you feel it change, even with several of the same artists working when many turned up in Hollywood?

1 comment on “Kabarett & Cabaret”

  1. Susan

    I love this period of cabaret — its social-sexual edginess and political pointedness. The rise of Hitler was met originally with such lighthearted disbelief and derision. The times and much of the music certainly speak to us now — of a certain “cocktail sausage-fingered vulgarian!” How badly we need voices of more artists to turn the tide and help to bring down our own vain poop-scheiss!
    Sasha Olinik has created a charming capsule of a show, telling us just enough about some of the main figures around the Tingle Tangle Club of Berlin and then transposing them across the pond to Hollywood where they created a fascinating “exile” community and struggled to save some semblance of an authentic voice in the crass atmosphere of the film industry.
    Best of all, I loved the singing. In the Source’s intimate setting, it was that rare pleasure today to experience acoustic singing! And these guys had wonderful “legit” voices that made me believe they came out of the pre-cabaret German operetta tradition. The men — Joseph Walsh (also Music Director and pianist), Kenneth Derby, Jase Parker, and Andrew Adelsberger — were delicious in their solos and gave great richness to the group harmonies. Meghan McCall is a true “songbird” but she has added some smokey luster to her lower register which added greatly to the “kabarett” style. Jennifer Suess had big shoes to fill as Lotte Lenya and delivered great heart to the most emblematic character’s story. Karin Rosnizeck, while declaring in the bio notes she is not a singer, brought great authority to her roles as M.C. and the illusive Marlene Dietrich, and made me believe the was the real thing! Bravo tutti!

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