Michelle Williams to Make Broadway Debut in ‘Cabaret’
Michelle Williams, the three-time Academy Award nominee and former star of the television series “Dawson’s Creek,” will make her Broadway debut this season as Sally Bowles in Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of “Cabaret,” according to two theater executives familiar with the casting news. Ms. Williams will star along with Alan Cumming as the M.C., a role he played in the 1998 Roundabout production of “Cabaret” – and for which he won a Tony Award. The producers are aiming to start performances in early 2014.
The role of Sally – made famous by Liza Minnelli in Bob Fosse’s 1972 film adaptation – was initially going to be played by the film star Emma Stone (“The Amazing Spider-Man”), but her representatives said in May that movie commitments prevented her from starring in “Cabaret.” The news about Ms. Williams was first reported on Tuesday by Brendan Lemon on his blog lemonwade.com.
The two theater executives with knowledge of Ms. Williams’ casting spoke on condition of anonymity because Roundabout Theater Company had not authorized its announcement. A spokesman for Roundabout, asked about Ms. Williams, said on Tuesday, “We’ll be announcing information shortly, which will also be on roundabouttheatre.org.”
A representative for Ms. Williams, contacted on Tuesday afternoon, had no immediate information about the “Cabaret” casting. Ms. Williams was nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actress for “Brokeback Mountain” – in which she appeared opposite Heath Ledger, who became her partner and father of her daughter – and then for best actress for “Blue Valentine” and “My Week with Marilyn.” The director Sam Mendes is expected to stage the revival, with Rob Marshall as co-director and choreographer – duties they shared for the 1998 revival as well.
The original Broadway production of “Cabaret” opened in 1966 and won the Tony for best musical and best score for the composer John Kander and the lyricist Fred Ebb; the show has a book by Joe Masteroff, based on writings by Christopher Isherwood.
Oh great, guaranteed that the apologists will need to break out the tired meme applied to the abysmally tone deaf Natasha Richardson, Brooke Shields, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Molly Ringwald, et al. "Sally Bowles is not supposed to be a great singer, so this casting works beautifully!" UGH!!! Makes me want to vomit every time some asswipe says that. Audience members don't pay hundreds of dollars for a Broadway musical to hear some of the greatest tunes in the canon butchered by some Hollywood actress with a non-existent vocal range. It's insulting and infuriating to say the least. And why don't these same defenders then use this argument for most every other female role in a musical? I can't recall many leading characters that are bird-like
songstresses. "Maria is a convent nanny! She's not supposed to have a great voice! Mame is a zany Manhattan socialite!! She's not supposed to have a great voice!! Marian is a small-town librarian!! She's not supposed to have a great voice! Eliza is a Cockney guttersnipe!! She's not supposed to have a great voice!! Oh please!
Enough!! For the love of God, get an actress who can actually sing to play Sally Bowles. Thank heaven Liza did the film in her prime.
Ugh. I still remember her "old lady doing SINGLE LADIES" at the Superbowl
Because: Jill Haworth and Judi Dench. That's why.
Cue the Heath Ledger troll in 3..2...
She can't sing and she'll suck. They had their chance for a real star..."star of Dawson's Creek" humph.
And she's responsible for Heath's death. Kepping his beloved daughter from him was inhumane and drove him over the edge. And don't give me that crap about him being a druggie and it was right to bar contact. His visits were supervised.
Michelle Williams is a good actor, and can really sing. As long as she can project over the footlights (has she ever done any live theater?), she should be sensational.
Awesome! Will definitely be buying a ticket for this.
[quote] As long as she can project over the footlights (has she ever done any live theater?), she should be sensational.
You don't need to be able to project anymore, doll. More's the pity.
Bobby Steggert for Cliff?
I thought we were gonna be spared this revival of a revisal, but I guess not.
So Alan Cumming will be eligible to win again for this role?
Danny Burstein for Herr Schulz?
Too bad there isn't a rule that they can't revive anything for two decades from the last closing.
She's a nothing actress with nothing special about her. No X factor or star quality or anything, and I don't think anybody cares (least of all Broadway snobs) that she's going to be starring in this new production. In other words, her name alone will not be able to open the show.
Would you institute that rule for Shakespeare?
I bet she is going to nail it. Never seen he in anything and she wasn't great or believable. She is very talented and she has range as an actress.
Anne at R18:
THREE Oscar nominations in Five years makes her a major name. Even you can't say the same - and given your performance at Joe's Pub of this very same material just a few months ago, I'm glad they chose a REAL actress, not a talent-free kiss ass.
I feel it will be 2048 and it will be announced Blue Ivy Carter will be taking on the role of Sally Bowles.
Write. A. New. Musical.
Oh Jimmy how cute! I actually HAVE a real Oscar on my mantle at home, just had Adam give it a quickie polish the other day - you know how fast those things tarnish. Or maybe you don't know? You actually don't have one do you. Then again neither does Jen Lindley...and my performance last year for the Public Theater where I "channeled" Sally was warmly received thank you.
You can back to hosting the Daytona 500 or teaching English lit in Houston or whatever it is you're doing these days dearie. I'll send you a postcard from the Nolan set in Iceland next month. That is if I have time! You know how taxing working with A-listers is. Did Spring Breakers manage to break even? I hardly read anything about it. Good luck on that Oscar pitch! Tootles xxoo -
Huh? I thought this was Anne's gig, she'd be a natural. Like Michelle but can't see it.
No one would be better for the part than Melissa Gorga.
Of course, she will get the obligatory Tony nomination.
Let's get something new on Broadway instead of reruns.
Let's get some creativity back on Broadway.
Oh for god's sake. Where are the NEW PLAYS?
Yes, call Douglas Carter Beane STAT!
I turned it down
I turned it down too.
OMG a three time nominee doing "replacement" work? This is almost as sad as when Glenn ended up on "The Shield."
Willkommen back 'Cabaret'!
come to think of it this would be wonderful for Mamie in a few years, get her out of the house and all...
ok Mamie, a five six seven eight..."and don't tell momma....."
cut...no Mamie put more emphasis on "momma" use your anger towards me dear.... use all those anxieties about how you'll never be as good as me, that's what Natasha did and it worked out so well, she got a Tony!
again 5,6, 7, 8!!
Didn't we already see this with Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicker?