Most of the Refined staff lives by the adage that "life is a Cabernet!" But we're also willing to acknowledge that it life can also be a cabaret - especially when the timeless show responsible for that famous lyric is playing at Seattle's Paramount Theatre.
Jon Peterson and Leigh Ann Larkin, who star in the show, are excited to bring a new version of the timeless classic to Seattle.
"Seattle is equal to New York in its intelligence and artistic affinity, so we want to share it," said Jon Peterson, who stars as Emcee.
"People love the show, it's a revival, it's been around for many, many years, but it's the Roundabout's 50th anniversary," continued Leigh Ann Larkin, who plays Sally Bowles. "And, they put a lot of time, love and energy into the piece."
Larkin is now stepping into the role of Sally Bowles, most recently played by Oscar-winner, Emma Stone, on Broadway and of course, Liza Minnelli in the movie. Jon Peterson plays the master of ceremonies, a role made famous by Tony-winner, Alan Cumming, and Joel Gray, who presides over the debauchery of the Kit Kat Club.
"It's about a seedy nightclub in Berlin, between the two World Wars," explained Peterson. "And, it's sort of a bubble of decadence that bubbles up during the depression. It's the story of Sally Bowles, played wonderfully by Leigh Ann Larkin, who is a singer at the Kit Kat Club. And, Cliff Bradshaw, who is American, comes to Berlin to find himself as a person, discovers the Kit Kat Club and Sally Bowles. This world of decadence. This crazy, fascinating girl who is reinventing herself basically. I play the Emcee of the Kit Kat Club, a tawdry night club. But also, it's a duel role in a sense, in a very femoral role. He emcees the club, but he also turns the pages of the book of this play and the events as they unfold."
The most horrifying event being the rise of fascism and the Nazis.
"It's a warning shot," continued Peterson. "Because, the fascists came in times that were bad for Germany, with fingers pointing to find a reason why it happened. It's a lesson for us all not to let that happen again in whatever shape or form that might come up. It's a very moving play. It's a very funny play."
"Yeah, it's not in your face," said Larkin. "The lessons you walk away with are kind of things that people discover very subtly because the writers of the piece have written it in almost a humorous way to present it. And there are some really upbeat moments, really enjoyable and fun numbers. It's a very clever, creative piece without being too in your face."
Cabaret runs through Sunday, June 25. For ticket information, click here.