Glitzy and gritty, life is a Cabaret at the Alhambra

Will Young stars in Cabaret at the Alhambra, Bradford.
Will Young stars in Cabaret at the Alhambra, Bradford.

Never has a call to ‘come to the Cabaret’ been so inviting – and simultaneously so dark.

The recent reprisal of the much-loved Kander and Ebb musical stormed the Alhambra stage on Monday for the first of its six-night run.

Will Young (Emcee) received loud cheers as soon as he appeared on stage – peering through the ‘O’ in the giant ‘WILLKOMMEN’ letters on stage.

And the musical-theatre-student-turned-pop-star did not disappoint.

Anchoring the wild, thrilling performances that graced the Kit Kat Club stage, Will seemed perfectly at home on the stage and oversaw proceedings with ease.

Proving he has the dance skills to match his smooth vocals, he played the line between class act and class clown perfectly.

If he was on stage, your eyes were drawn to him.

Emily Bull’s Sally Bowles was also fantastic – capturing the skittish, hyperactive character with ease but showing real heart when it mattered.

Her rendition of Maybe This Time was fragile and soul-searching – and her final, blow-out performance of the title number, Cabaret, made you want to jump up and perform beside her.