James Holmes

Showtunes Sing-Off: Cabaret

Filed By James Holmes | July 06, 2012 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: cabaret, Jane Horrocks, Jill Haworth, Judi Dench, Liza, Natasha Richardson, Showtunes, sing-off

Original_movie_poster_for_Cabaret.jpgIt's Friday, and I woke up with Liza singing in my head. I feel that should mean something (here come the comments telling me I am enforcing stereotypes), but the best I can determine is just that destiny wanted me to write a sing-off post today.

I can't say that I have a long story behind this one, other than the darkness of Cabaret has always appealed to me. I love a good flashy show, but sometimes you need something besides sequins - not that Cabaret is without them.

For some reason I have known this song since I was a child - thanks mom, and pop culture. But it wasn't until I was an adult, and after a few watches of the film, and a reading of the original stage version, that the truly twisted nature of the song "Cabaret> clicked in my sheltered mind. As upbeat as it sounds musically, Sally just had an abortion, and the Nazi's are coming - and they are much scarier than in the Sound of Music.

Anyways, as hard as it is for me to imagine this song without Liza, there are some great versions from other folks out there.

As usual, check out the clips after the jump and let me know who you think did it best. If I missed someone and you find a clip, post the link in the comments.

Let the sing-off begin.

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