‘Thrilling & somewhat Surreal’ is how Eddie Redmayne describes his Broadway revival of his London cabaret role


Redmayne will play the Emcee in “Cabaret” on Broadway once more, alongside Margaret Macdonald as Sally Bowles. This is a return of his West End role.

Eddie Redmayne is coming back to the Klub for Kit Kats.

The 41-year-old Oscars & Oscar winner will appear on Broadway alongside Gayle Macdonald as Sally Bowles in a revival of the famous musical Cabaret, where he previously played the Emcee from 2021 until 2022 in London.

Rebecca Frecknall, the director of the West End production, will be directing the production. Previews of the show will start on April 1 at the August Wilson Theatre, and it will officially open on April 21. Joe Masteroff wrote the book for Cabaret, which has lyrics by Fred Ebb and music by John Kander.

Redmayne claimed in a statement that Entertainment Weekly was able to receive that he has been involved with the Emcee for more than 20 years, having played the role in a student production of Cabaret.

The actor continued, “It appears totally intriguing and slightly surreal to be a part of her truly original vision for Masteroff, Kander, as well as Ebb’s splendor as it comes on the Broadway stage, where the piece has such a history,” noting that his “love over theater was properly ignited” as a result of that experience.

“I’m thrilled to be back with Ed as our wickedly alluring Emcee, the proverbial soul of Berlin,” Frecknall commented in an interview to EW.

“As well as I am excited to get down to rehearsing with Gayle, a courageous actor of extraordinary talent, while she explore Cabaret’s magnetic core, the magnificent and tragic Sally Bowles,” she stated.

In his statement, Redmayne expressed his admiration for Scottish actress Rankin, stating that he’s “above delighted to be shooting it arm-in-arm” with her and that they have “a truly amazing cast and team.”

“I believe we can develop a memory that’s quite unlike any other,” he stated.

After making its Broadway and West End debuts in 1966 and 1968, respectively, Cabaret has seen a number of revivals, the most recent of which took place in London in 2021 and New York City in 2014.

The musical explores relevant subjects of the era as well as life inside the club, telling the narrative of English cabaret actress Sally Bowles, who plays at the Kit Kat Café in Germany amid the two world Wars.

In the past, Redmayne was honored with a prestigious Laurence Olivier award for his work as the Emcee in the West End show, which was hosted at London’s Playhouse Theatre.

Nor is the Broadway role he will soon be taking his first. He initially played the part in London before winning a Tony Award in 2010 for his performance as Ken in the play Red, opposite Alfred Molina. (In the same year, Redmayne won an Olivier award for the part.)

On November 2 at 10 a.m. ET, audience reservations for Burlesque on Broadway will go on sale at kitkat.club. American Express cardholders will also get early access.


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