The snow made yesterday a day to remember. It came, I saw, it melted. While it lasted I had an enchanted garden. Somehow this morning my grass looks greener & all the trees & bushes look rejuvenated. Imagination? Probably.
I am still recovering from the effect of seeing Cabaret last week. I saw the film years ago & enjoyed it. I thought the stage version superior to the film version. I think perhaps the stage version is nearer the contents of the book. Nobody to blame for that. Hollywood has to put a superficial gloss on everything or at least it had to in the days when they first made Cabaret. On the stage there was no character who was lacking or weak. They all came across as believable. I don’t know when the show ends at Monte Casino but if you intend to see it don’t read any further as I will tell too much of the plot.
It is a dark story to turn into a musical but it worked for me. Two songs stood out. In the film it was a young boy who sang the song about nature& the beauty of the land. In the stage version it was a lovely blonde young woman standing on a chair. You are lulled into a peaceful mood with the beginning words & lovely melody & then comes the chorus. “Tomorrow belongs to us”. The Nazi salutes start & you suddenly glimpse the true spirit behind this. Maybe it is hindsight but it gave me the creeps both in the film & more especially on the stage. The other song was ”If you could see her through my eyes.” I have never forgotten Joel Gray in the film singing this & my shock at the cruelty of it. The stage young man was equally, if not more, cruel. The Emcee of the Kit Kat Club is dancing with a gorilla. The audience is laughing at him. At the end of the song he sings with such a sweet cruel smile—“If you could see her through my eyes, she doesn’t look Jewish at all.” Even though I knew it was coming it still shocked me. One thing I don’t remember in the film was the finale where the Emcee takes of his leather jacket & reveals his yellow star which marks him as a Jew. It is such a contrast to the usual musical light hearted story where boy meets girl & etc., etc., & they all live happily ever after. I grew up with the Noel Coward & those other airy fairy Englishmen whose music I still enjoy so Cabaret is for me light years away from that era.
In November all being well I will return to Monte Casino to watch Dirty Dancing. As you can imagine my musical taste is very varied. Rap singers & Gospel singers excluded. Cheers for now,.