The Southampton Cultural Center presents The World Goes ’Round: The Songs of Kander & Ebb through November 9.
The musical revue features the songs of legendary Broadway composers John Kander and Fred Ebb, known for seminal Broadway classics like Cabaret and Chicago. But while audiences can look forward to familiar favorites like “All That Jazz” from Chicago and “Maybe This Time” from Cabaret, The World Goes ’Round’s most compelling songs are from Kander and Ebb’s lesser-known works.
Some songs audiences will hear include “Colored Lights” from The Rink, which originally starred Liza Minnelli as a woman who returns home to her family’s dilapidated roller skating rink to reconnect with her mother, originally played by Chita Rivera. Another, “Sara Lee,” is a humorous song about the baked-goods company. “Sara Lee” originated in The Act, also a Minnelli vehicle. A touching mash-up of “I Don’t Remember You” from The Happy Time and “Sometimes a Day Goes By” from Woman of the Year tells an interesting story of lost love from two different perspectives. While these songs originated in musicals—some of which were considered critical and commercial failures—they all stand on their own as self-contained pieces.
Fans of musical theater will love hearing these otherwise-lost classics, and those who aren’t as well-versed will enjoy hearing the more well known fare, like “Mr. Cellophane,” “Cabaret” and “New York, New York.”
The World Goes ’Round is directed by Michael Disher and runs Thursdays–Sundays through November 9 at Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton. For tickets and more information, go to scc-arts.org.