Nashville Rep's Cabaret | Theatre Review | The Tennessean

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Powerful cast illuminates Nashville Rep's Cabaret | Amy Stumpfl, The Tennessean

Tennessee Rep's Cabaret Glitter and Doom

Cabaret has always walked a fine line, balancing big, splashy musical numbers with a truly menacing story. And Nashville Repertory Theatre’s current production hits the mark with some amazing performances and splendid design elements.

But let’s face it — with this much star power illuminating the stage, it’s difficult to maintain the dark and gritty feel.

Set against the rise of the Nazi party in 1930s Berlin, the story centers on the free-spirited singer Sally Bowles and her relationship with an American writer named Cliff Bradshaw. Sally headlines at the seedy Kit Kat Klub, a sordid little cabaret that — along with its outrageously flamboyant Emcee — represents all the decadence of the era.

Director René D. Copeland has assembled an excellent cast, which includes a nice mix of fresh faces and Nashville Rep favorites. Leading the way is Jenny Littleton, who brings a wonderful sense of depth and maturity to the hedonistic Sally Bowles. This works especially well in Act I’s torchy “Maybe This Time” and the tragically ironic title song, though she dazzles throughout.

Patrick Waller provides a strong moral center as the sexually conflicted Cliff, and David Compton makes a good showing as the Emcee, though his portrayal is perhaps less menacing than you might expect. But he works the audience to maximum effect in numbers such as “Two Ladies,” “Money” and the affecting “If You Could See Her.”

Read more of Amy Stumpfl's theatre review of Nashville Rep's Cabaret here. Cabaret has been extended through March 16th, 2013 due to ticket demand. Please don't miss out on this once in a lifetime theatre experience, buy tickets to Cabaret today!

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