- Regular contributor Meghna Godya spends a fascinating evening at the Goldsmiths Musical Theatre Society’s Out of this World Cabaret.
The Musical Theatre society’s Out of this World Cabaret was an astounding experience. Taking place at the Amersham Arms on the 24th of November, this was the first performance of Goldsmith’s Musical Theatre society this year. It was obvious from the start of the show that there was a tremendous amount time and effort put into its functionality, which was pulled off without even the smallest of mishaps.
Although it should be noted that I did attend this show in support of a friend, I will try my hardest not to be a Pageant mom. Nevertheless, the song choices were phenomenal, and there seemed to be a special few which took the audience by storm. This prominently consisted of a powerful duet from Wicked, a humorous rendition of Popular, and a duet from Aladdin – which was a provided a lovely escape back to childhood.
The majority of the songs performed were from hit Broadway and West End musicals; and they cascaded effortlessly from one to the next. However there were also two classic numbers, Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra and I’ll be Seeing You by Billie Holiday. In my book these songs are timeless, and I don’t believe they coincided well with the montage of Wicked and Disney tracks, especially in light of the fact that they were shortened and used as act breaks. It cannot be stressed enough that Sinatra is not filler music.
Some of the singers had voices that resonated throughout the audience and brought the lights of Broadway to New Cross. But there were bad performances too, and for all of those who fall into the latter category, you might want to save your vocal abilities for karaoke night or your shower. However, to be fair to the singers whose performances were less than satisfactory, it could be that they would simply be more suited to a different genre of music.
The cabaret seemed to have a large turnout of curious and supportive students, who I don’t believe went home disappointed. All in all it was a rather enjoyable evening, albeit aided by a couple of pints, and without a doubt an exceptionally enlightening night.