Leaving the Hillary fundraiser, I fell into conversation with a fellow journalist who unexpectedly invited me to a performance of 'Cabaret' at the Arsht Center in downtown Miami. We didn't know each other but he carried a copy of his newspaper with a front page story and his byline featuring an interview with one of the actors in the show. In a spontaneous moment, I agreed. You have to trust your intuition sometimes - I'm glad I did. The show that I had seen several times before on stage and even auditioned for last year, was an excellent production by the Roundabout Theatre Company who have a home base in Studio 54, New York. There was a weird irony in having transitioned straight from one political rally for the 2016 Presidential Race to the 1929 setting in Berlin, Germany. 'Cabaret', an enduring classic, delivers a powerful message in an entertaining and provocative fashion through the insightful music of songwriting team Kander and Ebb, the risque antics of the Kit Kat Band of lingerie wearing young ladies and the outrageous compere (played by actor Randy Harrison). However this is no feel-good musical, The issues feel too real and eerily contemporary. The greed portrayed in 'Money, Money,Money' resonates with so many current problems and the discriminations, exclusions and undermining climate of fear and violence produce a thought provoking and at times extremely uncomfortable show. Come to the 'Cabaret" - but prepare to be shocked out of your comfort zone.
Thank you to my engaging companion who proved to be a real Gentleman of the Press.
Ellen Frazer-Jameson is a journalist, author, actress. theater producer and drama coach. She co hosted the largest live late night radio show in Europe for the BBC and has appeared on national TV shows and taken leading roles on stage. She lives in Miami and London and loves to dance Argentine tango.