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MUSE (Sophie Jugé)

By | Published on Friday 21 August 2015


A muse is meant to be the inspiration for great art and beautiful things. But in ‘MUSE’, a musical about the real woman behind Christopher Isherwood’s Sally Bowles, there’s very little to be inspired by. Potentially interesting tales of German unrest, backstreet abortions and international travel are brushed over in about two lines, so we can hear yet another story about yet another affair with yet another unsuitable gentleman. The songs are all perfectly nice, but every moment appears so over-rehearsed that not a single breath feels spontaneous. The live band are a nice touch, but Sophie Jugé’s clipped tones are grating and she gives no sense of the glamour and decadence of the cabaret singer, made famous by Liza Minnelli in ‘Cabaret’. ‘MUSE’ certainly didn’t inspire me.

SpaceTriplex, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Gemma Scott]