A year after she was crowned the Queen of the Arts, Emily Blunt says that it’s time for more musicals.
In her new memoir, The Queen of Cabaret, Blunt, an actress best known for her roles in The Princess Bride and Rosemary’s Baby, says that she wants more “cabarets” to be included in the canon of great theatrical productions.
“It’s been very hard for me to have an artistic career,” she says in the memoir, which is the result of a two-year research project.
“I’m tired of being told I’m not a great actor.
I’m tired a lot of people in the industry don’t understand me, don’t care about me, and that’s something I don’t know how to change.”
Blunt’s decision to include more cabaret in the catalogue of the canon came about through her own research into the history of cabaret music.
She had been listening to a recording of the American Cabaret Band at a theatre in Los Angeles in 2006 and was fascinated by its “aural landscape” of musicals, with all the voices coming from the same person and the same audience.
“That’s where I had my interest in cabaret,” Blunt said in an interview with The Globe and Mail.
“As I listened to the recording I thought, ‘What a beautiful thing.'”
The Cabaret Actors Actors (CAB) was established in 1988 and is made up of more than a dozen different cabaret acts.
Its founding president is Elizabeth Taylor, who was also one of the founding members of the Royal Ballet and who became one of Canada’s first female artists when she appeared in a production of Dances with Wolves in London in 1972.
“There’s an interesting irony in the fact that the first female performers of the Cabaret Acts were women who were in fact not in the cabaret business,” said Blunt.
“If you’re talking about a male artist, they might be working as a cabaret musician, and if they’re working as an artist in a female environment, they’re not necessarily going to be working in the same spaces as the other male artists.”
It was this paradox that led Blunt to take her research and apply it to cabaret.
“We needed a new category for the history and a new canon of art forms,” she said.
The new canon includes cabaret, comedy, musical theatre, and operatic and other forms of music, along with dance and other contemporary art.
Blunt says she wanted to include all forms of theatre that could be included because she believed the work of some of the most famous artists of the last 100 years was “theatre that has been overlooked.”
“I think that all of us in this world have a tendency to think that when we do things we’re not really doing them,” she told the Canadian Press.
“And that when something is being overlooked, there must be something wrong with it.”
Blume says the idea of adding cabaret to the canon was a natural step because of the cultural and artistic significance of cabarets.
“Cabaret is an integral part of the history, it’s part of our culture, it has a deep cultural meaning,” she explained.
“So it’s a category that was created to help us remember that and recognize that, that the Cabarets have existed and continue to exist, and the work that they’re doing and their work is an important part of that history.”
Blumsey says the new canon will include a number of great artists, such as Elisabeth Bumiller, a prominent cabaret artist who died in 2011.
“She’s a very powerful artist,” Blumsey said.
“She’s done work that I’ve never seen or heard of, and I think that will be included.”
The work that she did in the early 20th century is really quite extraordinary.
And I think she will be celebrated in the new book.
“Blunts new book, titled The Queen Of Cabaret: A Year in the Life of an Actress, will be released on Jan. 20, 2018.