Willkommen: Cabaret Sets New Closing Date on Broadway
by Ernio Hernandez
October 7, 2003
The Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's Cabaret, which recently announced its final weeks ending its long run at Studio 54 on Nov. 2, has set its new close date for Jan. 4, 2004. The show will have played 37 previews and 2,378 performances by its run's end. The additional dates will inch the revival's final mark on Broadway history one performance more than the original staging of Annie.
The production, on par with its long-running predecessors Cats, Miss Saigon and Les Misérables, saw a boost in its box office following its final weeks announcement.
Cabaret, directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall, opened on March 19, 1998, at the Kit Kat Club (Henry Miller's Theatre) after previews from Feb. 13. The production then moved Nov. 12 — due to an accident on the block that shut down the theatre — to the former discotheque Studio 54 where it currently runs.
The non-profit, which recently purchased Cabaret's current home Studio 54, announced that a revival of the Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman musical Assassins will inaugurate the newly-acquired space as Roundabout's new Broadway musical venue in March of 2004.
Adam Pascal (Aida, Rent) is slated to be the next Emcee in the staging, starting Oct. 17. No other casting has been announced for the show's final days. A return of stars Natasha Richardson is not out of the question as Richardson said at the 2001 Tony Awards that she was in talks to recreate the role of Sally Bowles when it came time for the production to end.
The musical won the 1998 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical (Natasha Richardson), Best Actor in a Musical (Alan Cumming) and Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Ron Rifkin). It was nominated for six other awards.
The show currently starring Jon Secada, Susan Egan (as Sally Bowles), Tony Roberts (as Herr Schultz), Blair Brown (as Fraulein Schneider) with Rick Holmes, Liz McConahay and Peter Benson.
The night will also mark the final performance of Roundabout's Tony Award-winning revival of Nine.
For tickets to Cabaret at Studio 54, 254 West 54 Street, call (212) 239-6200 or click here.