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Friday Fun Song: "Willkommen" (from Cabaret) - Joel Grey and others, plus the Glee version of "Hot Patootie" (and assorted other things)

Here's an example of the sort of train my thoughts run on. 

There's a new character, played by John Stamos, in Glee this season.  My favorite performance on the recent Glee version of Rocky Horror is his performance of Hot Patootie.  I really enjoy the dancing.:

I didn't realize that he has also done a good bit of Broadway, including playing Albert in the recent revival of Bye, Bye, Birdie (his part starts at 0:50). [Bill Irwin plays Mr. McAfee (his part starts at 5:47).]  He also played the emcee in the recent Broadway revival of Cabaret.  This revival portrays the emcee in a very different manner than the original 1970's version.  I don't care for it.

Of course, I had to go looking for the original version with Joel Grey.  He won a Tony for the original Broadway version in 1967 and an Academy Award for the movie version in 1972.*  In one of my favorite songs from Cabaret, Willkommen, he's deliciously creepy in the movie version - and he's the creepiest when he's acting the friendliest.  Unfortunately, the movie version is not embeddable (Click here to see it.  If you haven't seen the movie:  Yes, that's Michael York.).  Here's the stage version, also, excellent, from the Tony Awards (Harold Prince directed the original Broadway version; Bob Fosse directed the movie.  I'm partial to the movie version, of course.):

He also performed this, without strange makeup and behavior, on the Muppet Show in 1976

Actually, there's a part 2 to this train of thought, but I'll leave that for another day.

 

...Kander's and Ebb's fascination with the collaborative process began with their work on Cabaret, where a long experimental period permitted actors such as Joel Grey to contribute ideas toward the creation of their characters...

 

* One of only eight actors to win both the Tony and the Oscar for the same role.  From TonyAwards.com:

Eight performers have won the Tony and later the Oscar for the same role: José Ferrer in Cyrano de Bergerac (Tony: 1947/Oscar: 1950), Shirley Booth in Come Back, Little Sheba (1950/1953), Yul Brynner in The King and I (1952/1956), Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady (1957/1964), Anne Bancroft in The Miracle Worker (1960/1962), Paul Scofield in A Man for All Seasons (1962/1966), Jack Albertson in The Subject Was Roses (1965/1968) and Joel Grey in Cabaret (1967/1973). Lila Kedrova did it the other way around. She won an Oscar for Zorba the Greek, and 20 years later won a Tony for the same role in Zorba (1964 Oscar/1984 Tony).

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