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.
- For Rent fans: Adam Pascal has also played the emcee in Cabaret.
- At a Kennedy Center performance in honor of John Kander and Fred Ebb, the writers of Cabaret (also Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and others) Joel Grey and Alan Cumming (who originally performed the role of the emcee in the revival) perform Wilkommen (wonderful Fosse dancing at the end!). From the Wikipedia:
...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).