I Capture the Castle

I Capture the Castle
I Capture the Castle based on the novel by Dodie Smith Book and lyrics Teresa Howard music Steven Edis

Monday, 21 February 2011

O Moon of Alabama - A Kurt Weill Cabaret

Last night I went to a Kurt Weill Cabaret starring Walter van Dyk and Liza Sadovy, at the Kings Head.

Walter is currently performing in A Flea in her Ear at the Old Vic and performed in the first showcase of our musical Possessed, at Greenwich Theatre.  His co-star Liza Sadovy has just returned from the hit Broadway transfer of La Bete, playing alongside Joanna Lumley and Mark Rylance.

The cabaret played to a packed house at the Kings Head.  Walter and Liza completely embodied the world of Kurt Weill - the sensual seediness and fading glamour, the heartbreak and passion, that his beautiful evocative music conjures up.  With such seasoned and brilliant actors this was no ordinary cabaret - the connection between the two singers was bewitchingly acted in every song.  I particularly loved the way they performed some of the songs in German so that we got the pure feel of the lyrics - which can never be perfectly translated into English and get quite the same resonance.  Both Walter and Liza have wonderful versatile singing voices, perfectly pitched for Kurt Weill's unusual harmonies and aching melody.

The show ended with a standing ovation and afterwards the bar was heaving with the great and good of the theatre world - including Joanna Lumley, Ron Cook (who has been starring as the Fool to Derek Jacobi's Lear at the Donmar Warehouse) and many of the cast of A Flea in Her Ear.

It was a really wonderful evening!


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