Some say Roundabout Theatre's revival of "Cabaret" is drumming up the ghosts of Studio 54—specifically, the Kit Kat Klub boys of the present. NY1's Frank DiLella filed the following report.
Tony Award winner Alan Cumming, alongside his boys and girls, welcomes the audience to the seedy Kit Kat Klub nightly in the Roundabout's revival of "Cabaret." So what exactly does it take to be an entertainer at the Klub at Studio 54?
"Don't tell mama," but I recently went behind the scenes of the show to channel my inner Kit Kat Klub boy. First stop—the wardrobe department.
That's where I met up with wardrobe supervisor Michael Hannah, who spoke to me about the Kit Kat Klub "look," a look that dates back to the late 1920's, early 30's in Berlin.
"The idea is they're very laid back. They don’t care what they put on. The guys don’t wear shirts. Sometimes they wear tank tops, sometimes they don't," Hannah says.
DiLella: "I think you’re going to dress me as a Kit Kat boy?"
Hannah: "I think it’s your turn Frank."
Now that I look like a Klub boy, next up—my instrument assignment.
"Cabaret" conductor Maggie Torre presented me with my very own alto sax, and gave me a quick music lesson with the help of Kit Kat Klub girl Kaleigh Cronin.
I was a little rusty at first, having not picked up the sax since the days of being in my high school's band, but I eventually got the hang of it.
Finally, I met up with the boys of the Klub—Evan and Ben—who say they definitely feel the ghosts of Studio 54 nightly while on stage.
"In fact, our dressing rooms are in the basement where apparently the mattresses were, so we like to think that there’s a nice history that, you know, they can inspire us," says Benjamin Eakeley.
As for some last minute tips?
“Don’t squeak," Eakely says.
"Show them who's boss," says Evan.
Now that I got the low-down on how to be a Kit Kat Klub boy, it's time for me to join the band.
While maybe that time at the Klub was a one-time thing for me, up on stage life certainly felt like "a cabaret, old chum." To quote the song, "I love a cabaret."