Don't forget that in the stage version, Sally is supposed to be a third-rate performer with very little talent, so that's why Dame Judi's singing is kinda off. Wasn't Dame Judi quite the looker back in the day (not that she doesn't turn heads today)? Meow! I really wish I could see this whole performance or, at the very least, hear the whole cast recording but I don't think there's a copy in existence. Such a shame because this feels like an essential performance in Dame Judi's career. And, as always, it looks like she completely nailed it.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Don't Tell Mama...Dame Judi Dench is Sally Bowles!
In 1968, four years before Bob Fosse's drastically different film version hit the movie screens, Kander & Ebb's Cabaret was making its West End debut with the one and only Dame Judi Dench (before she was a Dame...it's tough for me to imagine a world in which she was just Judi Dench) in the lead role. Here's a number called "Don't Tell Mama" that was cut from the film version: