"Cabaret" Features Delights, Decadence of '30's Germany, As Intime and Princeton U. Players Stage 1966 Hit Musical
Wilkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome! ... In here life is beautiful!"
"What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play. Life is a cabaret, old friend. Come to the cabaret!"
The cabaret, as depicted on stage at Murray Dodge Theater where Theatre Intime and Princeton University Players are presenting the 1966 Kander and Ebb hit musical Cabaret, is a metaphor for life in general and 1930's Berlin in particular.
Granted, there is a lot of music at Princeton University, and audience members cannot get to everything. However, those who missed Saturday night's performance by the Princeton University Concert choir at Richardson Auditorium missed a cohesive, albeit a bit long, presentation of one of the great oratorios of the late Classical period. Conductor Richard Tang Yuk combined his 60-voice chorus with three excellent soloists and a precise chamber orchestra for Franz Joseph Haydn's Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), a work that seemed to be a perfect match for all those involved.