It’s a dream musical week for MADEUP, as Evita hasn’t even left town before we get the announcement Cabaret is to return to the Empire this autumn, with Will Young in tow.
A be-lederhosened Young was Oliver award nominated earlier this year for his performance as the Emcee in Rufus Norris’ acclaimed production of the now classic Kander and Ebb show. And following the successful West End run, the UK tour of Cabaret comes to Liverpool from September 2 to 7. Huzzah!
Since its Broadway premiere in 1966 and the renowned movie version with Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey, Cabaret has won a staggering number of stage and screen awards including 8 Oscars, 7 BAFTAs and 13 Tonys.
Cabaret features – as if you need telling – iconic Bob Fosse choreography, dazzling costumes and some of the best-loved songs in musical theatre including Money, Two Ladies, Maybe This Time and Mein Herr. The production turns Weimar Berlin of 1931 into a sassy, sizzling haven of decadence. And at its dark heart are the notorious Emcee and sassy Sally Bowles, who perform nightly at the infamous Kit Kat Klub.
Rufus Norris is an associate director of the National Theatre, and his debut feature film Broken opened the prestigious Critics’ Week at the Cannes film festival in 2012. Choreography for this new production clinched Javier de Frutos an Olivier; the dancer recently joined forces with Sadler’s Wells and The Pet Shop Boys to create a brand new work based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story, The Most Incredible Thing.
The last production of Cabaret to take to the Empire stage was in 2008, starring the then-17-year-old Samantha Barks as Sally Bowles – who of course went on to play Eponine in the movie version of Les Mis after nailing the role in the West End.
Tickets for Cabaret go on general sale from 10am on July 1. It’s going to be special. To book, visit Liverpool Empire Box Office, atgtickets.com/liverpool or call 0844 871 3017.