Why can’t I think of any other musical that gets it’s abortion on???
They have to exist, no? The termination of a pregnancy as expressed through the magic of song and dance???
Help me out here people.
In Cabaret, Cliff smacks Sally after she pawns her coat to get the baby out of her. Then he flees fascist Berlin. There’s a few vodka stained numbers in between and it all ends quite tragically. Its a phenomenal play.
I don’t mean it in the way people talk about the travesty that is RENT. Its not the type of thing where one says “well, that’s so true isn’t it? smack addicted AIDS infested bohemians do have a song in heart that should be heard, shouldn’t it? the woes of gentrification and gay love really do sound great when put to a tango back beat, don’t they? Well I think so. Quick! Let’s get in line for rush tickets”
Cabaret is actually very smart. And the abortion in the musical, sadly, plays as a tragedy: it represents Sally’s unwilling to live for any one but herself, Cliff’s naive desire for wholesomeness in a decadent city like Berlin, the final collapse of trust and family in the tennous community of the Kit Kat Club and the first peek at a shadow of death that was soon to eclipse Germany.
We all knew it was going to end up here didn’t we? In a discussion of musical theater. A former drama kid oversharing on abortion blog about her astute tastes in musicals? GAG.
(srsly though, I cry like all the time to some of the songs in Cabaret. The producers of Cabaret make Andrew Lloyd Webber into the Bret Ratner of Theater)
Ok people let’s get to work: What other musicals can we put on the Abortion Jazz Hands List??
Does Dirty Dancing count as a musical? My husband would say it does.