Friday, June 29, 2012

Cabaret: Guy/Doll

Created by Nick MacLaine, Andrew Williams and Izaak Lim
Directed by Nick MacLaine and Andrew Williams
Musical director Jangoo Chapkana
Performed by David Bowyer, Julia Jenkins, Corinne Cowling and Will O’Mahony, accompanied by Jangoo Chapkana
Downstairs at the Maj
27 – 30 June, 2012

The team of Nick Maclaine, Andrew Williams and Izaak Lim have become something of a local hit factory.
Their production for last year’s Cabaret Soiree series, the Cole Porter memoir You’ve Got That Thing was a rung or two above most of the entertainments staged during these seasons. Its script had substance, the music was elegantly performed and they wisely brought in the experienced and perceptive Michael Loney to direct.
Loney is not back this time, and the script has been reduced to occasional patter between songs. Guy/Doll suffers badly for both absences.
I wanted to like Guy/Doll much more than I did, and I believe its creators are capable of much better things. Choosing songs because there is a reason, rather than merely an excuse, to do them would be a good place to start.

Link here to the complete review in The West Australian    

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