I went to Lu’s Christmas cabaret show last night in NY. It was at the same venue as her previous show that was featured on RHONY (Feinstein’s/54 Below). The room was packed (sold out) and it was a great atmosphere - festive and everyone was clearly there to have a great time.
Lu looked phenomenal, even better than she does on the show (somehow?). She’s very tall. She seemed nervous at the beginning of the show (stumbling over a few lines) but after the first song she got into her groove. Surprisingly she only performed 2 of her original songs: the Christmas single featured on this past season of RHONY and, of course, Money Can’t Buy You Class. The rest of the songs were mostly Christmas songs with an couple kinda random other songs thrown in, including L.O.V.E which she performed as a tribute to Natalie Cole. She briefly mentioned that Natalie Cole was a housewives superfan who had asked to appear on RHONY, and that production asked Lu if her and Jacques would get married at the party Natalie appeared at “for storyline”, which they obviously refused to do.
There was a Q&A segment which included:
Her singing voice was MUCH better than I expected, and it sounded to me like she has had some vocal training. Her band was great and included Billy Stritch who has been on RHONY many times. There was a slightly random segment where she played the bongos (?) but she was pretty decent at that as well. During her outfit changes they pl... keep reading on reddit ➡
So I’m a NYC fella and me and the roomie had tickets for Luanns Countess Cabaret for tonight at 54 Below …. Literally just finished our glass of wine pregame and got the email it’s cancelled today 😢
Just a little vent. Not well bitch
You can see the amazement and awe in their eyes and it just brings me to tears every time. Also the performance was amazing.
WARNING: contains spoilers
I recently rewatched Cabaret (1972) and cannot stop thinking about it. The several themes and layers to this movie became so much clearer to me upon a second viewing. Two sequences in particular stand out to me: the 'Tomorrow Belongs To Me' song, which basically shows how Nazism and WW II could have happened, all in a three minute sequence. And then there's the final song, 'Cabaret', which is so beautifully layered I can't stop listening to it and analyzing it. I have been watching many, many versions of this song from both the movie and several musical adaptations and wanted to share my analysis of the song (and basically the whole movie) here.
Basically Sally Bowles (Liza Minelli) in the end makes the choice to lose her baby, the love of her life and a chance of getting out of pre-WW II Germany early, in favor of maintaining her lavish and decadent (at least in her own perception) lifestyle as a nightclub singer. She clings to this life and her misguided dreams of being a big time singer/actress, while it has been established that she isn’t especially talented (I guess this is more clear in the musical than the movie) and thus more likely to be stuck performing at this sleazy cabaret for the rest of her life. A life which by the way is likely to be shortened either way directly by the ‘pills and liquor’ lifestyle choice she made or indirectly by the rise of Nazism, which will put an end to frivolous entertainment such as the cabaret she is performing at.
In the final song, ‘Cabaret’, Sally comes to these conclusions herself and consequently has a sort of mental breakdown, especially right after the ‘Elsie’ part, when she has a manic look in her eyes. She has thrown away a chance at happiness in favor of a pipe dream and realizes she is headed towards her own premature death (just like 'Elsie'). She desperately tries to justify this to herself by ‘admitting from cradle to tomb’ to this life she has chosen, but deep down she knows it isn’t going to lead her where she wants and is more likely to end soon.
What makes this song so genius then is that, on the surface, it appears to be a joyful ‘carpe diem’ song about living in the moment. But in fact, it is a haunting scream for help from a woman in denial of the inevitable, impending doom (both personal and global), and her missed opportunities and broken dreams. She’s basically doubling down on her decision to go down a path of self destruction. It’s deeply tragic and really re... keep reading on reddit ➡
And I can’t recommend it enough! She sang a bunch of Christmas songs, discussed the OG girls trip, answered questions, and revealed who actually slept with the Pirate!! It was so campy I couldn’t get enough. She played a video on the big screen of how to make eggs a la francaise (which included a dash of martini) and sat with her back to the crowd as a video of the RHONY housewives talking shit about her played. It was fantastic.
My only complaint is it was only about a 75 minute show, she was supposed to start at 8 and even with the 15min late start we were done by 930.
Sidenote the heterosexual couple in front of us lives in a home they bought from a Real Housewife of DC and yes, it’s the the house the housewife lived in during their season.
Hello everyone! My fiancé and I are traveling to Paris next week to celebrate our engagement. This will be our first time in the city, and we would like to go to a cabaret show. It seems that the big three shows in Paris are Moulin Rouge, Le Lido, and Crazy Horse. We can only attend one of these shows while we are there. Can anyone give some advice on which show to attend? Any and all feedback is appreciated- thank you! :)
I’m trying to find footage of this specific performance but I can’t find it anywhere. I know it used to be on YouTube but it got taken down and I can’t seem to find it anymore
I'm still watching the series for the first time, we just watched the season 5 finale last night. Seeing Stevie own that song in the performance brought a literal tear to my eye. So good. Then David telling people "that's my friend!"
Such a left turn from when the show started, where the shittiness of their personalities was the source of all the humor and now they are all so supportive and loving, even Moira telling Stevie how cool she is! I like seeing the growth in the characters. I also enjoy the opposite, like Seinfeld, where nobody learns from anything, so it's nice to have different arcs in different shows.
During the very first minutes of the quest Cabaret in W3, Dandelion mentions a story that happened in Oxenfurt with Geralt involving a dancer hanging from a chandelier. When did this happen? I've read the books and can't recall any events about this.
This is realllly specific so I struggled to check that it hadn’t already been asked, but I’m very curious.
In “the MVP”, when Moira has an aside with Stevie and the others are trying to guess Bob’s charade, Alexis is talking and the Netflix subtitles say “..works with animals, but not a vet..” and her voice continues on before and then throughout.
I am really, really bad at background noise (which is why I have subs on) and she might just have been saying random words but as it’s Schitts Creek and Alexis/ Annie Murphy I’d love to know if anyone picked up more words in that scene