It's Official: Emma Stone Comes to the 'Cabaret'
It was an open secret among theater insiders that Emma Stone was in negotiations to star in Cabaret when preparations were underway to bring the Roundabout Theatre Company's smash revival back to Broadway last season. But those talks fell apart due to scheduling conflicts related to The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Word surfaced earlier this month that discussions had resumed, this time for Stone to replace current lead Michelle Williams when her extended run in the production wraps on Nov. 9. The timing worked out on the second try, with Stone now confirmed to be stepping into the show as Sally Bowles from Nov. 11 through Feb. 1, 2015.
Directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall, the production stars Alan Cumming, reprising the role of the Emcee that won him a Tony Award the first time around in 1998. The cast also features 2014 Tony nominees Linda Emond and Danny Burstein, along with Bill Heck, Aaron Krohn and Gayle Rankin.
The limited-run revival has been extended through March 29, 2015, with Cumming, Emond and Burstein all continuing their engagements through that date.
The attraction of Cabaret for such top-tier talent as Williams and Stone speaks of the revisionist production, the knockout material and the dramatically challenging role of Sally, a second-rate Brit singer living in Weimar-era Berlin, determined to bury her head in decadent partying and ignore the encroaching rise of the Nazis.
Based on Christopher Isherwood's Berlin stories and John Van Druten's 1951 play, I Am a Camera, the ahead-of-its-time 1966 musical features a book by Joe Masteroff and a superlative score by composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb.
The current revival was seen in an earlier incarnation at London's Donmar Warehouse in 1993, directed by Mendes, with Cumming starring opposite Jane Horrocks. Marshall came on board to co-direct and choreograph the show's expanded Broadway staging, with Cumming reprising his role opposite fellow Tony winner Natasha Richardson. The production won four Tonys in all, including best musical revival.
Other actresses to play Sally in that original six-year run included Jennifer Jason Leigh, Joely Fisher, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald and Brooke Shields, while Cumming's replacements as the louche Emcee included Michael C. Hall, Neil Patrick Harris, Raul Esparza and John Stamos.
The revival's return engagement began previews on March 21 this year at Studio 54, officially opening on April 24. The production has grossed $15.7 million to date, showing resilience at the box office through the summer months, when many shows tend to taper off.
Stone is currently on screens in Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight. She will next be seen in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman, starring opposite Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton and Naomi Watts. That film world-premieres Aug. 27 as the opener of the 71st Venice International Film Festival, before going out domestically on Oct. 17.