I saw this play last night. While Taylor Mac was absolutely astonishing as the Emcee, he practically carried the show by himself. The lead actress was a lovely singer but she had no chemistry with her love interest.
But the biggest distraction was the design of the production. If this was 1930s Germany there was hardly a clue to that in the costumes and staging. I was trying to figure out if they had tried to stage Nazi Germany in a different era. The chorus was dressed and coiffed in a style for some period I could not identify. I found the production to be entirely too American in feel and it distracted from the story,
Went to the 7pm show which lasted all of an hour. Band was not tight at all and to me sounded like they could crash and burn at any moment. Nic Payton is great even if he was just playing scales. David Sanchez sounded atonal and discordant whenever he played which was not much. Stefon Harris sounded pretty good and looked like he was having a good time. The percussionist and his vocals were almost embarrassing. The bass sounded very muddy and one note like a bad subwoofer which the sound system and mix was more to blame for than the musician. In this small venue I believe they could have pulled off an "unplugged" set and it would have sounded better. Disappointed in the amount of time they played, the sound and the performance.
The bronzed chorus rawk!!! They're gonna be the next Aerosmith!!!
My boyfriend and I were originally excited about going to this, as we love Delillo. We were sorely disappointed. Apparently, instead of rehearsing, the director has merely been marinating the actors in ham. It was truly ghastly.
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