Actress Emma Stone is set to make her Broadway debut in the musical “Cabaret.”
According to the Associated Press, Stone will begin playing the character of Sally Bowles on Nov. 11. She will replace actress Michelle Williams. Meanwhile, Alan Cumming will portray the Emcee until March 29. Cumming previously played the role in a London production in 1993 and on Broadway in 1998 with actress Natasha Richardson.
“Cabaret” takes place in Germany as the Nazis gain power and even the Kit Kat Club, where Sally works, is beginning to feel the effects.
Stone recently starred in such films as this summer’s Woody Allen movie “Magic in the Moonlight,” “The Amazing Spider-Man” movies, and the 2013 movie “Gangster Squad,” among others. She will also appear in the movie “Birdman,” which stars Michael Keaton as an actor who famously portrayed a superhero and is now acting on Broadway. “Birdman” will be released this October.
The current production of “Cabaret” is a revival of the 1998 Broadway production that starred Cumming and Richardson. The 1998 show was based on the 1993 London production that was directed by Sam Mendes of the movie “Skyfall”; Mendes co-directed the 1998 Broadway production with “Chicago” director Rob Marshall, with Marshall serving as choreographer. Marshall and Mendes are co-directing and Marshall is choreographing the production again for the current show.
Variety critic Marilyn Stasio wrote of the current iteration of “Cabaret,” “It seemed nuts but proved shrewd of Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall to retool their dazzling 1998 revival of the Kander and Ebb masterpiece, fit Cumming with a new trenchcoat for his triumphant return, and bring the decadent netherworld of 1920s Berlin back to Studio 54, the revival’s ideal venue.” Meanwhile, New York Times critic Ben Brantley wrote that “[Mendes and Marshall] haven’t messed around much with a successful formula.” However, both reviewers were less enamored with Williams, so it will be interesting to see what effect the casting of Stone has on the Broadway show.