Emma Stone has given us another reason to visit New York - last night she made her Broadway debut as Sally Hughes in Cabaret. Emma is stepping into Liza Minnelli's jazz shoes, taking on big hits such as 'Life is a Cabaret' and 'Maybe This Time.'
Emma was expected to play Sally Hughes in the revival of the musical in March 2013, however she had to drop out at the last minute due to her Spiderman commitments and was replaced by Michelle Williams. Emma said to the* New York Times*: “I’d said goodbye to the idea of ever playing Sally on Broadway, and it upset me; it really upset me, but I think it also helped me learn about having a real work-life balance, as cliché as that sounds.”
Emma Stone in Cabaret [Getty]
She explained: "There was one day on the schedule where I would land from Tokyo in the morning and have enough time to make it to perform in that afternoon’s matinee. I realized that this schedule would turn the dream of playing Sally into a kind of nightmare. It felt like forcing something that wouldn’t fit. But I was telling myself I can do this, and everyone wanted to make it work, and it’s hard to say no when people are being so accommodating. But part of me also thought, ‘It’s going to kill me.’ ”
Emma said to the New York Times: “I’m not doing ‘Cabaret’ because I’m trying to reinvent myself or because I have some crazy idea that I’ve earned it. Trust me, I’m not walking around deluding myself thinking: ‘I’m Patti LuPone! I’m Bernadette Peters! Get me my dressing room!’ I’m just glad the chance came around again to earn my stripes as Sally.”
In the interview Emma recalls when she visited New York when she was 9 years old and went to watch Cabaret. She said: “Listening to Natasha Richardson, I realized you could be an actor in a musical and not have the perfect voice I’d heard on cast recordings. I don’t have this gorgeous untouchable voice, and it was Natasha who really lit a fuse under me to try musicals and play Sally someday.'
Emma will be performing at the Round House Theatre alongside Alan Cumming for the next three months, with her last show scheduled for the 1 February 2015. Judging by the reactions on Twitter, this is a performance to try and catch.
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