Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Cabaret author’s muse is revealed

AUDIENCES loved Liza Minelli’s take on Sally Bowles in the 1972 film of Cabaret â?? for

AUDIENCES loved Liza Minelli’s take on Sally Bowles in the 1972 film of Cabaret â?? for which she won the best actress Oscar.

The film was famously based on the 1966 Broadway musical of the same name, which was in turn inspired by the Berlin writings of Christopher Isherwood.

But how many know the story of the woman said to be the real-life Sally Bowles?

Muse is a one-woman show coming to the Kenton Theatre on Thursday (June 25) that aims to reveal the star behind Cabaret as a far more intriguing, complex and talented woman.

With her green-painted nails and a string of lovers, the “divinely decadent” Jean Ross, who at one time roomed in the same house as Isherwood, was far from the air-headed floozy of the stories.



RADA-trained and allergic to social conventions, Ross forged a career as a respected political journalist and filed reports from the siege of Madrid in the Spanish Civil War.

She is portrayed by Sophie Jugé, who says: “Jean Ross is a fantastic role to play. I feel the responsibility to pique the audience’s interest in this lady, accented by the great songs in our new show.”

One such song is These Foolish Things, which lyricist Eric Maschwitz wrote about Ross after their affair ended.

Intriging and complex indeed.

Stage time on Thursday is 8pm. Tickets are £15 (concessions £12) and can be booked by calling the box office on (01491) 575698.



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