Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Another Cabaret? It Couldn't Please Me More
Despite the fact that the last celebrated revival of Cabaret -- arguably John Kander and Fred Ebb's most enduring musical -- occurred a scant twelve years ago on London's West End (it would take another four years before the Sam Mendes-helmed production made its way to Broadway), director Rufus Norris (an Olivier Award winner for Festen) is bringing the tuner back to London's Lyric Theatre this September. The official opening is set for October 10.
While casting is yet to be announced, it appears that the guessing game on who'll fill the shoes of Sally Bowles and The Emcee is in high gear. London's What's On Stage is fueling some of the speculation by noting that rumors are circulating that Natalie Portman may be up against comedian Eddie Izzard for the plum role of Sally Bowles; Martine McCutcheon, who won the Olivier for her acclaimed performance as Eliza Doolittle opposite Jonathan Pryce in My Fair Lady, is also mentioned.
Sheila Hancock, who played Miss Hannigan in the first West End staging of Annie that I saw way back in 1979, is rumored for the role of Fraulein Schneider -- I can still remember being so awed by her talent that it would be a thrill to see her again all these years later.
I'll be sure to report on each of the casting decisions for this emotionally rich musical.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).
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