Matthew Lickona noon, May 6
Liza Minnelli asks to be loved all ways -- as a sex bomb, as an awkward adolescent, and as a Carnegie Hall entertainer -- and it's asking a lot. The time and setting of 1932 Germany carry an inherent moodiness, and it was a good idea to use the painted face and nihilistic jokes of a vaudeville emcee (played detestably by Joel Grey) as a running commentary on the rampant societal and personal decay. It was a bad idea to allow the entertainment in the sleazy downstairs nightclub to be so smashingly Broadway. Directed by Bob Fosse. 1972.