One of America’s sweethearts, Emma Stone, is extending her performance dates on the Great White Way in the Broadway revival of the beloved Kander and Ebb musical Cabaret. The actress has been known to the world for her work in feature films such as The House Bunny, Gangster Squad and the recently released, awards-buzz-worthy Birdman, but it seems as if the star has a knack for the world of theatre as well.
Stone serves as the first replacement for the role of Sally Bowles in Cabaret. In November, the actress took over the part after Oscar nominee Michelle Williams bowed out. Williams was the original Sally for this revival production who performed alongside Alan Cumming as the whimsical Emcee, a role the Scottish actor has played before. Not only was Cumming the man to play the role the last time it was seen on Broadway, he also won the most prestigious honor a theatre actor can receive, a Tony Award, for his brilliant portrayal. Cumming has donned the duds of the Emcee yet again for the revival and plans to finish the entirety of the show’s run through March.
Stone has extended her performance dates by another two weeks, making her final show on Feb. 15. The actress who is to replace Stone still remains unannounced, but word of who will become Broadway’s next Sally Bowles will come to light very soon. One must wonder if Broadway producers will stick with their thread of bringing in film stars with musical capabilities or if they will pull solely from the theatre community for the last leg of the show’s run.
The amount of TV and film actors crossing over to theatre and vice versa is becoming a hot commodity amongst the acting community. Years ago, one would garner their claim to fame through the theatre and by making headlines on the Great White Way. After the fact, opportunities to star in movies and television shows presented themselves. Actors such as Meryl Streep, Al Pacino and Dustin Hoffman are examples of this career path.
Nowadays it seems as if the trend has reversed itself. In order to garner a starring role in the theatre, one must have notable clout in television or film. Stone and Williams are prime examples as is Bradley Cooper who can now be seen in the play The Elephant Man on Broadway. Even Lindsay Lohan is acquiring top-billed parts on stage. Lohan was seen this past fall in David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow in London’s West End. One must wonder as to whether theatre producers are at a fault for simply bringing in notable names or if it is an admirable feat to blend the acting community into one.
Stone is garnering Hollywood limelight not only for her performance in Cabaret which has been positively received, but for her portrayal in the Michael Keaton-lead film Birdman. The film has acquired many notable awards thus far and is slated to compete very well at the Oscars this year. Stone received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role and Oscar buzz is surrounding her performance as well.
Emma Stone has extended her performance dates in the Broadway musical Cabaret through Feb. 15. Audiences will not catch the Birdman actress as Sally Bowles after that date, but the show will run all the way through March 29 where it will close at Roundabout Theatre Company’s Studio 54.
By Cody Collier