Life will be a cabaret a bit longer for Oscar nominee Michelle Williams who will extend her Broadway debut as the fun-loving, reckless chanteuse Sally Bowles in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of the classic musical Cabaret at Studio 54. She will now stay with the show through Nov. 9. The production is scheduled to run through Jan. 4, 2015.
This revival, with Alan Cumming repeating his Tony-winning role as the lascivious Emcee, opened on April 24. The cast also includes Tony nominees Linda Emond (Death of a Salesman, Life x 3) and Danny Burstein (Follies, South Pacific), and Bill Heck (Angels in America, The Orphan’s Home Cycle). Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall return as co-directors to recreate their 1998 Roundabout staging which also played Studio 54 and starred Cumming, Natasha Richardson, Ron Rifkin, and Mary Louise Wilson. Marshall also repeats his duties as choreographer. That production ran for 2,377 performances and won four Tony Awards.
The original production of Cabaret, directed by Harold Prince and starring Joel Grey, Jill Haworth, Jack Gilford, and Lotte Lenya, opened in 1966 and ran for 1,165 performances. It won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Score (John Kander and Fred Ebb). The 1972 film version won eight Oscars including Best Actress (Liza Minnelli) and Supporting Actor (Joel Grey repeating his Broadway performance as the Emcee). A 1987 Broadway revival also directed by Prince and starring Grey ran for 261 performances.
Williams first rose to fame on the TV series Dawson’s Creek and was nominated for a Supporting Actress Oscar for Brokeback Mountain and two Leading Actress Oscars for Blue Valentine and My Week with Marilyn.