Riding a wave of rapturous reviews and an invigorated box office at Studio 54, the Roundabout Theatre Company announced Sunday that Emma Stone has extended her Cabaret run by two weeks. As Sally Bowles, she’ll be romping through “Don’t Tell Mama” and the title song through Sunday, February 15. Her replacement will be announced shortly and star Alan Cumming will continue as the Emcee through the end of the run, currently set for March 29.
Sunday also brought the announcement that Disgraced, the Ayad Akhtar play that won last year’s Pulitzer Prize for Drama and opened in the fall at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre, will close on Sunday March 1, after 149 performances and 49 previews. Though generally well-reviewed and with a cast that included Hari Dhillon and Gretchen Mol, the serious work about identity politics and gut belief in post-9/11 New York never caught fire with audiences.
With productions waiting three-deep in the wings for open theaters, the Broadway grapevine was working overtime with the announcement about what show would replace Disgraced. The top contender is the black-comic John Kander & Fred Ebb/Terrence McNally musical adaptation of Friedrich Durrenmatt’s The Visit, starring Chita Rivera, which had a pre-Broadway run last summer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.