Amanda Palmer to Star in Special Production of "Cabaret"
Wed, 04 Aug 2010 15:31:17
With her digital and online ukulele Radiohead covers release behind her, Amanda Palmer is moving forward, heading back to the stage. The quirky artisan that is Palmer will be teaming up with the prestigious The American Repertory Theater and her beloved High School drama teacher and artistic mentor, Steven Bogart, with whom she recently co-created (along with a cast of 20 drama students from Lexington High School) the Neutral Milk Hotel and Anne Frank-inspired original play With the Needle That Sings in Her Heart for a special production of Cabaret. How avant garde!
"This production has been ten years in the making - an ongoing fantasy I've had in the back of my mind", said Palmer in a statement. "I've wanted to collaborate on Cabaret with Bogart ever since I helped him with make-up and dialogue during his 2001 production of the show at Lexington High School. I was so inspired by his version of the show that I yearned for it to reach a wider audience - Bogart is truly a hidden gem of a director. Having worked with lots of directors now, I've come to realize how special and brazen he is in terms of the artistic risks he'll take."
Cabaret, a musical based on Christopher Isherwood's Berlin Stories, is set in the seedy Kit Kat Klub nightclub in Berlin in 1931, and follows the Nazi rise to power against the backdrop of Weimar decadence. Palmer will be playing the role of the Emcee/Master of Ceremonies.
"People often don't have the slightest clue what Cabaret is actually about - they know the Liza Minnelli tune and don't realize that the actual song 'Cabaret' is about as dark as it gets - that it's being sung by a strung-out coke addict about to get an abortion that she pays for by hocking her clothes. It's an incredibly dark show with an incendiary message that's still very relevant today."
Are you interested in checking out Palmer's production of Cabaret? Is this something that interests you or is it too self-indulgent?