Life is a Cabaret again when the classic musical of pre-World War II Berlin returns to the legendary Studio 54. Roundabout Theater Company revives its 1998 smash-hit production of the John Kander-Fred Ebb show, with Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) recreating his Tony-winning performance as the lascivious Emcee. Oscar nominee Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain, My Week with Marilyn) makes her Broadway debut as the reckless, fun-loving chanteuse Sally Bowles. Tony nominees Danny Burstein (Follies, Golden Boy, The Snow Geese) and Linda Emond (Life x 3, Death of a Salesman) also star.
Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall recreate their critically-acclaimed staging, transforming the Studio 54 space into the Kit Kat Klub, the seedy Berlin nightspot, with cabaret-style seating. Here, aspiring American writer Cliff Bradshaw meets and falls in love with the glamorous but impulsive headliner Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Cliff’s landlady Fraulein Schneider enjoys a late-in-life romance with Herr Schultz, a Jewish fruit vendor. But his background spells trouble as the Nazi movement gains power and the decadent nightlife world becomes a dangerous place.
Kander and Ebb’s beloved score features such hits as “Maybe This Time,” “Married,” “Don’t Tell Mama,” “It Couldn’t Please Me More,” and the immortal title tune.
Two hours and 30 minutes (one intermission)
There are concession stands on the orchestra and mezzanine level where cocktails, soft drinks, and snacks are for sale; theatergoers are allowed to bring their drinks to their seats; the seating capacity is 1,006; certain seats on the orchestra level will be cabaret-style with patrons seated at tables to recreate the atmosphere of a 1930s Berlin nightclub; formerly one of the most notrious nightspots in the city, Studio 54 is the perfect venue for this show.
Did you know?
The original production of Cabaret opened in 1966, won seven Tony Awards, and ran for 1,165 performances. The 1972 film version won eight Oscars, including Best Actress for Liza Minnelli. Joel Grey won both a Tony and an Oscar for his performance as the Emcee, one of the few instances of an actor winning top honors in stage and film for the same role.
The 1998 revival ran even longer than the original, racking up 2,377 performances and winning four Tonys.
If you missed the smash hit revival of Cabaret, here’s your chance to catch a musical theater landmark. Fans of Michelle Williams and Alan Cumming who only know them for the work on the large and small screens will be thrilled to see them live on stage.
Good for kids?
The racy elements and references to the rise of Nazism in Germany are not ideal subject matter for young children. But mature teens should be able to handle it.
Roundabout at Studio 54 Location Information:
254 W 54th St.
New York, NY 10036
E to 50th St.; N, R to 49th St.