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    Review: Broadway’s scandalous ‘Cabaret,’ makes its way to campus

    Courtesy Joan Marcus

    Scandalous dancing, sexy costumes and impeccable singing all sum up Broadway in Tucson and UA Presents’ presentation of “Cabaret,” a musical set in pre-WWII Germany in Centennial Hall on Tuesday night.

    Friendly ushers immediately welcomed guests as they arrived at Centennial Hall to watch the seductive musical “Cabaret.” The entire audience seemed eager for the show to begin and members of the cast teased the audience by stretching on stage before show time.

    As the lights went dark, the Emcee for the show, Randy Harrison, greeted the audience, breaking the fourth wall between audience and cast members. Harrison continued to interact with the audience throughout the entire show, but no other cast member had this luxury. Harrison entertained the entire night with his quirky attitude.

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    “I thought he was a lot of fun,” said audience member Maximiliano Elias.

    Not only did Harrison have an outstanding performance, but the entire cast managed to wow the audience with its acting and singing.

    “I liked the music. I’ve never seen a Broadway show before,” said audience member Paul Injeti. “It was kind of a look into what it was like back then, during that whole time period.”

    The show took place on a well-lit stage with a beautiful set along with realistic props. Scenes seamlessly transitioned from one to the next and the show had loud acoustics to ensure every audience member could hear the performance.

    Harrison as the emcee and Andrea Goss, who played Sally Bowles, sang and held the most stage time. Goss amazed the audience with her deep, powerful vocals.

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    Injeti said Goss was his favorite cast member of the night and really enjoyed the show. 

    Set in the time of Nazi Germany, “Cabaret” touched on serious historical events such as the Holocaust with grace and light humor to ease the audience through this dark time period.

    Throughout the musical, the Nazis gain more power over Germany, which provokes fear in characters and causes some characters to leave the country. In the song “If You Could See Her,” Harrison dances with a gorilla, symbolizing a Jewish girl during the Nazi Germany time period. In the song, Harrison sings about his love for the girl and wishes people could see her for how beautiful she is and not for her religion.

    The play conquers this dark time period in a sexual and comical way. The show ends surprisingly with Harrison wearing a concentration camp uniform just before the lights go dark.

    “I was pretty shocked by the surprise at the end, and I liked it a lot,” said audience member Alexander Bilochenko.

    “Cabaret,” a Roundabout Theatre Company production, plays at Centennial Hall through Sept. 25. Tickets are available for purchase online or at the door.

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