The Golden Globe Award winning actress, Michelle Williams, makes her Broadway debut. She is known for her amazing portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in the film “My Week with Marilyn”, and her role of Glinda The Good Witch in the movie, “Oz the Great and Powerful”. Williams has not graced the Broadway stage since her first on-stage role for San Diego’s rendition of “The Wizard of Oz”, which was nearly 23 years ago!
Williams is starring in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Cabaret. The musical is set in 1996 pre-WWII Berlin. She plays the role of “Sally Bowles”, a fame-hungry performer at the Kit Kat Klub who takes up with a bisexual American writer. Williams admitted that the role is very risqué but she is looking forward to the dramatic change. During a recent interview with Vogue magazine, Williams stated “Nerves haven’t set in yet. Honestly, it feels like being a kid. Now let’s see if I can be a kid onstage eight times a week.”
Williams even admitted that she has wanted to star in a Broadway musical, ever since she filmed “My Week With Marilyn”. Williams had to undergo intense training for the Broadway role. She spent 4 months working with vocal and dance coaches, and temporarily relocated her residence to Berlin. She walked the same streets haunted by Christopher Isherwood, whose Berlin Stories inspired the musical. Williams stated “Singing and dancing take you out of your head you’re too busy doing too many other things to be thinking, “How am I doing?” You’re just doing. It’s like meditation. When Cabaret came along, with these gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous songs, they’re so simple, but they tap into something deep and emotional. I knew that I wanted to follow that thing I tasted a few years ago”.
The play opens April 1st at Studio 54, and runs until June. It is a re-creation of Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall’s Tony-winning 1998 Cabaret revival, and Alan Cumming reprised his role as Emcee for the second time. Cummings described Williams as having “a vulnerability and fragility but also a kind of steeliness that I find fascinating. She’s always completely in the moment, and because of that you believe every word that comes out of her mouth”.
Williams added “Berlin was the epicenter of sexual freedom. Everything was permitted, all kinds were allowed and I’m sure they were having a really great time before evil took root. The Vogue April issue is now available. For tickets and more information about the play, click here.