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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Minneapolis, Meet Nick Garrison

posted by on May 15 at 11:30 AM

Minneapolis loves, loves Nick Garrison and Suzy Hunt in the touring 5th Avenue production of Cabaret.

From the Daily Planet:

The true stars of this production, though, are supporting actors Suzy Hunt and Nick Garrison. Hunt plays Fraulein Schneider, Clifford and Sally’s landlady who shares a doomed romance with a Jewish fruit-shop owner. Hunt provides the emotional epicenter to what truly is a tragic story. Nick Garrison is enchanting as the over-the-top emcee who serves as the audience’s guide to the cabaret and beyond. Garrison opens the show’s second act by talking to audience members and reminding them this is live theater. At one point he noted to a colleague of mine that he could easily dive into her shirt—a moment that was fondly remembered for hours post-show.

Minneapolis is right—those two wiped everyone else off the stage and out of my memory. Especially Nick, with his nimble banter and clarion voice. He was, as Christopher Frizzelle said in his review, born to play the Emcee.


Congratulations to Nick and Suzy.

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Nick Garrison was born to play pretty much every role he steps into. He was nearly more Hedwig than John Cameron Mitchell. The man is a genius. Seattle is damned lucky to have him.

Posted by Baxter | May 15, 2008 12:05 PM

And Suzy is always a class act in any show in which she appears. Congrats to both!

Posted by COMTE | May 15, 2008 1:20 PM

I love Nick and I love Suzy and they're hugely talented, but this production looked like it was designed and produced for a 2nd rate casino in Laughlin, Nevada.

And my cat would have done a better job of directing.

Posted by michael strangeways | May 15, 2008 1:32 PM

Aren't all casinos in Laughlin, Nevada second-rate?

Posted by NapoleonXIV | May 15, 2008 1:42 PM


Posted by michael strangeways | May 15, 2008 2:13 PM

@1 - I agree completely! I've always said Nick is a better Hedwig than John Cameron Mitchell.

When oh when will Nick come back and do Hedwig at the Re-Bar? Never, I guess.

Posted by Queen Vidor | May 15, 2008 3:25 PM

From the earlier review:

The production gives Garrison nothing to work with and, in turn, his performance seems half-hearted.

That seems damnable praise. Either he's outstanding in the role, or he's not. I've played this role before, and I know how tough it is.

He was, as Christopher Frizzelle said in his review, born to play the Emcee.

Or not, depending on how you took Frizzelle's review. Make up your minds.

Posted by Wolf | May 15, 2008 4:31 PM

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