Words of wisdom from Mark Waldrop

June 11, 2011

Mark Waldrop who directed Sutton Foster’s cabaret act had this passage in the CD’s album notes — words many, many performers need to take to heart:

“Pulling off a really great club act is one of the toughest feats in show business — even for a Broadway star like Sutton.  It takes so much more than assembling a list of songs and knocking them out of the part (which pretty much defines a really bad club act).  For the entertainers who elevate this intimate art form, the song list becomes a vehicle for delivering a distillation of their own unique personalities.  A friend of mine once said that the tricky thing about doing cabaret is that you have to be yourself on purpose.  This seemingly simple requirement has tripped up a surprising number of otherwise brilliant performers.  There’s no character to hide behind.  It’s just you up there.  To thrive in this setting, you have to be comfortable in your own skin.”