Some hit shows fade into the record books before quietly expiring. Not Cabaret, the revived revival that brought Alan Cumming back to Studio 54 last spring in the role of the Emcee that first won him a Tony Award in 1998 and ran 2,378 regular performances. Sienna Miller, a key player in two of the year’s most talked-about films— Foxcatcher and American Sniper — will play the jagged-edged Weimar-era chanteuse Sally Bowles for the show’s final six weeks, beginning February 17. The show, currently co-starring Linda Emond, Danny Burstein and Bill Heck, is scheduled to close on March 29 (but who knows?).
The Sam Mendes-Rob Marshall production for the Roundabout Theatre Company returned with Michelle Williams making her Broadway debut. Emma Stone, riding the wave of brilliant notices for her role as Michael Keaton’s truth-telling daughter in Birdman, took over and proved to be a superb foil for Cumming in her Broadway bow.
Now comes Miller, who made her Broadway debut in October 2009 on another Roundabout stage, in Patrick Marber’s August Stringberg update, After Miss Julie. It was not a critical success. But Miller has plenty to offer as the struggling Sally, if her film c.v. is any indication — particularly her memorable portrayal of Andy Warhol favorite Edie Sedgwick in the 2006 biopic Factory Girl. We can only hope.