Cabaret at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Will Young and Michelle Ryan star in Cabaret
Will Young and Michelle Ryan star in Cabaret
Tom Chambers as Bobby in Crazy For You. Picture by Richard Davenport

REVIEW: Crazy For You, at Mayflower Theatre in Southampton

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You have to hand it to Will Young. Not only is he playing one of the most responsible roles in musical theatre, he’s doing it in tight leather shorts.

The singer is donning the saucy apparel and hitting the high notes as Cabaret’s Emcee.

The show relies on a fabulously flamboyant master of ceremonies and Young puts in a great performance as the outrageous host of Berlin’s seedy Kit Kat Club.

He’s matched by Michelle Ryan as Sally Bowles – the flighty singer who is right at home in this city of sexual freedom.

And a host of other characters, including writer Clifford Bradshaw, landlady Fraulein Schneider (Sian Phillips), and night worker Fraulein Kost are excellently delivered.

In this production the regime’s rise creeps up on the audience as the swastika and other chilling reminders gain momentum in satirical cabaret numbers and ‘real life’ scenes.

The clever blend of flamboyance and foreboding leaves you cold but with those great songs still ringing in your ears. Simply wunderbar!