Kander and Ebb make the music go ’round

worldGoesRound-1By Ande Jacobson

Tabard Theatre Company starts its 13th season with The World Goes ‘Round, a musical revue featuring the works of John Kander and Fred Ebb. The show was conceived by Scott Ellis, Susan Stroman, and David Thompson who weaved an interesting musical journey using the Kander and Ebb oeuvre from the worlds of stage, film, and television. The original production premiered Off-Broadway in 1991 and went on tour in 1992. In its current form, the show features works from New York, New York; 70, Girls, 70; The Happy Time; The Rink; The Act; Woman of the Year; Liza with a Z; Kiss of the Spider Woman; Funny Lady; Chicago; Cabaret; Zorba; Flora, The Red Menace; and two original songs written specifically for the revue. As director Diane Milo points out in her program note, the performers in this Tabard production have “all done the show before … and keep coming back for more.” Continue reading

Devilish Decadence Abounds

By Ande Jacobson

Cabaret first came to Broadway in 1966, and at the time, it was rather ground-breaking. The second of many John Kander and Fred Ebb musical collaborations, Cabaret, based on the book by Joe Masteroff, is a dark story juxtaposing two worlds – real life in 1931 Berlin, where things are quickly unraveling as the Nazis rise to power, and the devilish decadence inside the cabaret (named the Kit-Kat Klub) where our host, the Emcee, proclaims “life is beautiful”, but more on him later. Continue reading