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Award-Winning ‘Cabaret’ Revival Plans Spring Broadway Bow

Willcomen, Bienvenue, Broadway!

Set in a Berlin nightclub on the eve of the rise of the Nazis, the popular (and ominous) musical Cabaret returns to Broadway this spring in a new production that has already been critically acclaimed in London.

On Tuesday morning, the production team announced plans to move the show to Broadway, announcing that a revival of “Funny Girl” will open at the August Wilson Theater, which is scheduled to close on September 3.

The producers of “Cabaret” haven’t released any other details, but movie star Eddie Redmayne, who played the nightclub host when the revival opened in London, will reprise his role on Broadway. widely expected. Another key role in the show, nightclub star singer Sally Bowles, was originally played in London by Jesse Buckley. The role has not yet been cast in New York.

With music by Jon Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and an original story by Joe Masterloff, “Cabaret” premiered on Broadway in 1966, directed by Hal Prince and starring Joel Gray. It won eight awards, including the Grand Prize. The musical ran for three years. Gray starred in the 1972 film adaptation, which won eight Academy Awards, including one for Gray and co-star Liza Minnelli.

The musical was revived on Broadway in 1987, again directed by Prince and hosted by Gray. Then in 1998, a new production, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Alan Cumming and Natasha Richardson, hit Broadway. The production ended in 2004, but resumed for another year in 2014, with Michelle Williams opening opposite Cumming.

Directed by Rebecca Frecknall, this latest revival opens in London in 2021 and won seven Olivier Awards, including Best Musical Revival. The run continues. Critic Matt Wolfe, writing for The New York Times, called the film “nerve-wracking” and wrote, “Frecknall drags us into a hedonistic environment, but after nearly three hours, it’s the horrors of life.” It just reminds me,” he said.

Leading producers include British company Ambassador Theater Group, which owns and operates theaters across Europe and the United States and is increasingly active in producing on Broadway, and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which has a close relationship. A British company, Underbury.

Cabaret will join several anti-Semitic shows on Broadway this season, including comedian Alex Edelman’s one-man show Just For Us, which is currently running, and the musical Harmony. ” is also included. A play by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman opens in the fall, and Joshua Harmon’s play “A Prayer to the French Republic” opens in the winter. Last season’s Tony Award-winning Leopoldstadt, which closed earlier this month, and Tony Award-winning play, Parade, which runs until August 6, also have anti-Semitic themes. It is a work that I made.

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