Where the Broadway Songbook was a lesson in musical theater history, the Ordway Cabaret is more about personal history. The nine talented performers (some familiar faces, some new ones) told true stories from their lives, about how theater has at times alienated them, and at times been a welcome home and safe space to be themselves. It's almost like a real life #TCTheater version of A Chorus Line, which was written based on interviews with Broadway performers. In this cast made up mostly of people of color, there was a lot of talk about representation, and seeing someone who looked like them on stage, which allowed them to imagine themselves being on stage too. This is why representation is so important, beyond the one token person of color, or woman, but real inclusion that allows everyone's voice to be heard, and allows everyone in the audience to see their stories on stage. It was a very entertaining show, but also incredibly moving as these performers opened up in a very real way.
|the song list|
Mark your calendars for the next installment of Ordway Cabaret, A Brand New Day on May 2, titled "Rise Up! Protest on the Broadway Stage, from Hair to Hamilton." A couple other things I'm excited about seeing at the Ordway are the Broadway tour of the new revival of Falsettos in February, and the Ordway Original productions of 42nd Street this summer and Smokey Joe's Cafe (featuring the songs of Leiber and Stoller) in the fall.
|the lovely and talented cast of Ordway Cabaret in rehearsal|
(photo courtesy of the Ordway)