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Cabaret Quotes


"Life is a cabaret, old chum! Come to the Cabaret." - Fred Ebb

"A one woman cabaret of emotional impressionism" - Alexander Polinsky

"Ladies und Gentlemen-comment ca va? Do you feel good?... I am your host... Wilkommen! Bienvenue! Welcome! Im Cabaret! Au Cabaret! To Cabaret!" - Fred Ebb

"Life isn't a cabaret. It's a dive bar." - Woody Paige

"It's so easy in these cabaret venues to get earnest." - Ana Gasteyer

"What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play; Life is a cabaret, old chum, Come to the cabaret." - Fred Ebb

"I think that's the graveyard of musicians, playing cabaret. I think I'd rather be dead than work in cabaret. It's just so depressing." - Elton John

"But what I like to sing mostly is blues and cabaret style." - Moira Kelly

"I am the last of the Mohicans, the creme de la creme of cabaret." - Eartha Kitt

"Cabaret is a great format. All you have to do is sing and be funny sporadically." - Julie Klausner

"I love deep cleavage on the foot. It reminds me of Berlin in 1930s, 'Cabaret.'" - Christian Louboutin

"A cabaret song has got to be written - for the middle voice, ideally - because you've got to hear the wit of the words. And a cabaret song gives the singer room to act, more even than an opera singer." - James Fenton

"I grew up listening to cabaret. At 7 and 8 years old, I was already singing like a club performer," - Annaleigh Ashford

"The spirit of punk-cabaret is that you fell that you can truly be all of who you are." - Brian Viglione

"Don't know about a cabaret act right now, would actually prefer a role in a broadway musical." - Julia Barr

"I don't think I was considered to be a cabaret singer because I didn't have patter that was written." - Rita Coolidge

"I grew up listening to cabaret. At 7 and 8 years old, I was already singing like a club performer." - Annaleigh Ashford

"If I could live in a cabaret, I would. If I could live in 'Moulin Rouge,' I would." - Rita Ora

"I was a born club comic. Radio and TV and stage were fine, but I found my real home in cabaret." - Bob Monkhouse

"I hate singing. I hate dancing. I enjoyed doing 'Cabaret' and 'Assassins,' but I would wither up and die in 'The Music Man.'" - Denis O'Hare

"He'd actually done it! He leaned back into the microphone and whispered to the now silent cave: 'Come to the Cabaret!" - Paul Cornell

"A church is in a bad way when it banishes laughter from the sanctuary and leaves it to the cabaret, the nightclub and the toastmasters." - Helmut Thielicke

"Look at the darkest hit musicals - Cabaret, West Side Story, Carousel - they are exuberant experiences. They send you out of the theater filled with music" - John Lithgow

"It's fun! Just fun...I don't think of it as a cabaret act per se, I call it more of a gig, if that makes any sense" - Frances Ruffelle

"[David] Bowie went on to make best-selling music - funk, dance music, electronic music, while also being influenced by cabaret and jazz." - David Bowie

"My own cabaret is constantly evolving with what is occurring in my own life, so motherhood is a natural addition to it." - Susan Egan

"I would totally, if Alan Cumming is tired of doing Cabaret, I'd be like, 'I'll do it tonight.' I would have such a good time doing that." - Billy Magnussen

"I hate singing. I hate dancing. I enjoyed doing 'Cabaret' and 'Assassins,' but I would wither up and die in 'The Music Man.'" - Denis Ohare

"For me, the most effective cabaret evenings have been some of the most personal ones, where the performer is comfortable enough to simply be themselves." - Malcolm Gets

"Look at the darkest hit musicals - Cabaret, West Side Story, Carousel - they are exuberant experiences. They send you out of the theater filled with music." - John Lithgow

"The most rewarding thing is being on Broadway. I went into Cabaret as a replacement and was really challenged beyond anything I could have imagined." - Brooke Shields

"I am inspired by show girls and Vegas. I was a cabaret performer, so that's where all that influence comes from." - Paloma Faith

"I always loved fish for the colors and birds for the plumage. In the same way, I loved those women of the cabaret. They were birds of paradise." - Christian Louboutin

"I have a great interest in Victorian musical & cabaret performances and Weimar artists so the references are there, to Cabaret and also All That Jazz and other films where, where there's a kind of (influential German playwright Bertolt) Brecht-ian approach, almost to the character standing outside of himself or, in this case, he's "self-seance-ing."" - Andy Serkis

"Getting to do 'December Songs' in a cabaret-style format was so interesting because it's like a one-woman song cycle that actually tells a story. It feels like a theatrical experience more than a cabaret because I didn't talk in between. We went from one song to the next, nine songs in a row - bam - I told the story in half an hour." - Laura Osnes

"I'm actually a huge fan of hip-hop. I like hip-hop music. I love rap. I like cabaret music, as well. I just love live music and bands." - Britney Spears

"In the cabaret of globalization, the state shows itself as a table dancer that strips off everything until it is left with only the minimum indispensable garments: the repressive force." - Subcomandante Marcos

"As for music, my tastes are eclectic. Elvis Costello is my all-time favorite. I listen to a lot of jazz, primarily the great female vocalists, and I am very fond of the late cabaret singer Nancy Lamott." - Laura Lippman

"I don't know how to explain how, probably to my detriment, unselfpromoting I am. I used to have a cabaret act and I didn't even like to tell me people about that. I really hate selling myself." - Zooey Deschanel

"Manchester was a fantastic place to go out in. There were 10 clubs with world-class cabaret and comedians. You'd go in and Tom Jones might be singing, or Shirley Bassey or Engelbert Humperdinck." - Francis Lee

"I have an amazing 1930s dress I picked up in Toronto at Cabaret on Queen West. It's a red knee-length tea dress, and it's absolutely beautiful. It makes me happy every time I put it on." - Lindy Booth

"I was once part of a Christmas cabaret. I sang 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.' I tap-danced. I had a ten-gallon hat. It was quite absurd." - Peter Dinklage

"I sing songs from the theater and pop songs. When I say 'pop songs,' I mean from the 90's. And I tell jokes. So it's sort of a stand up show meets a concert - not your traditional lounging across a piano cabaret show. It's much looser." - Laura Benanti

"I'm not someone who can sing anything. And my favorite singers aren't people whose voice you would say is amazing. I'm a big Bob Dylan fan, a huge David Bowie fan. None of those people have orthodox, cabaret voices. These are people where what they're singing about is just as important as how they're singing it." - Boy George

"How much do people really want to learn? I mean, some people get into a groove and they stay with it indefinitely. And what starts off as a great moment of explosive passion can end up as cabaret 25, 30 years later. It just depends on whether you go and find the right habitat to extend yourself." - Robert Plant

"I always wanted to play Roxie Hart in Chicago and also Sally Bowles in Kander and Ebb's Cabaret, but I have a feeling I won't now! I've also always wanted to play Maria in The Sound of Music, but don't suppose I'll ever do that either!" - Marti Webb

"Even if that statement was ambiguous, we kind of wanted to cause a stir. We thought that by having the name "Cabaret Voltaire", that with it came a certain responsibility. It wasn't meant to be purely entertainment; it was meant to be something a little bit more serious - and to provoke people - wrapped within an outer wrapping of entertainment." - Stephen Mallinder

"There are some wonderful parts in the movie [Loulou] where Loulou used to be a dancer and a cabaret. To see her kind of be able to interact with another human being so isolated for so long, it's just neat to see that being played out and how fun and explore that." - Boti Bliss

"If you are a cabaret artist and you are mostly singing other people's songs, you're asking them to rethink a song, listen to it in a different way. The most impact you can have while asking them to re-listen to a song is if it's a song they know very well." - Alan Cumming

"To be serious, the things you really want to relive are things like bedtime with your daughter when she becomes incredibly entertaining 'cause she doesn't want to go to sleep. They're at their most enchanting 'cause they just want to put it off, so they do a cabaret for you. You sit there thinking, "Please don't let this end."" - Bill Nighy

"After university, I was working as a stylist in the Paris theatres when I had a flash of inspiration. I made necklaces from the bikinis designed for the cabaret performers of Folies Bergeres. I was so happy with them that it was only then that I sought out formal training in jewelry." - Paloma Picasso

"Usually I like playing other people. I like finding myself through other characters. But when you do cabaret, you are yourself. I think it's the most fun, and I tell you, if somebody had told me that, I would have done it fifteen years earlier than I did." - Faith Prince

"Growing up, I was very conservative in my wardrobe, so when I first joined the Pussycat Dolls, the biggest challenge was wearing those cabaret costumes. I didn't feel comfortable showing my body so much, showing my legs and butt, chest and midriff." - Nicole Scherzinger

"We then took a shortened version of what we'd been doing in the pubs, with the best gags and things like that, out to cabaret clubs and things in the north of England for six weeks. And we became a big success." - Neil Innes

"What a turnaround in sentiment 'Glee' exemplifies. It was only a few years ago that pursuing the dream of a Broadway career or cabaret stardom relegated some poor yearning dope to a lavender ghetto of losers, self-deluders, and social rejects." - James Wolcott

"Meret Oppenheim was a very erotic woman. She also liked provocation, and if you could provoke surrealists at the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, or similar Dadaist hangouts in Basel, where you could normally get away with these things, you were truly a provocateur." - Rebecca Horn

"It just seemed fitting to have our own lounge with our own dance review that paid homage to where The Pussycat Dolls originated, ... So it wasn't just another nightclub. It was somewhere where people can go and see an old school show with real dancing and real performing and real singing. It's perfect for Vegas. It's got that whole cabaret, burlesque-inspired review of dancing, and the whole fishnets, and boas." - Nicole Scherzinger

"I discovered lots of music; electronic synth bands from the mid-'80s like Depeche Mode, Soft Cell and Cabaret Voltaire. My friends and I used to take two-hour trips to the record store in Newcastle and we started buying copies of The Face and i-D. And then I went to art school and as time progressed, I ended up where I am now." - Giles Deacon

"Often for me, if I hear a song I know, it clicks for me and I hear it in a different way and I think, "I could sing that song. I've got something to say about that song. Wanting to connect with an audience and wanting them to rethink songs; it is actually important to do songs they're familiar with. Also, I love those songs. In a way, I think I've changed people's perceptions of what a cabaret show like this could be." - Alan Cumming

"My success was the shock of recognition, probably, rather than the quality of the work. I mean, the quality may have been fine, but there's a lot of fine work out there. It was the fact that I was doing something that at that time, nobody else was doing, except for say, Mort Saul out in San Francisco on The Hungry Eye, and "Second City" was emerging out in Chicago. Nothing in print. It was basically happening in cabaret and nothing in fiction. And certainly nothing in New York in cartoons." - Jules Feiffer

"I've actually found - especially doing my cabaret show - I'm connecting with people in a way I haven't connected with them. I've found that when you're open and honest, people respond to that, whatever you're being open and honest about. You could then, when you lay that as the groundwork, say, "Here I am. This is what I think. I come in peace." Then you're able to push out, to be able to talk about more things. And that's been a really heartening thing about my life, actually." - Alan Cumming

"Improvisation in general is good, and improvising material into themes, turning the material into something codified and repeatable, taught me scenic structure and dramatic gambits that work and things that are appealing both as a performer and an audience member, like you know, what does "want" really mean in a scene, and how do you achieve your want, and how is that expressed, and how do you achieve closure? Those are all things that I learned performing at the cabaret after just doing the same scenes over and over and over again over the years, with my own ability to change." - Stephen Colbert