Deborah Gibson Begins as Cabaret's New Sally Bowles, Feb. 21

News   Deborah Gibson Begins as Cabaret's New Sally Bowles, Feb. 21 Deborah Gibson will assume the role of Sally Bowles in the Broadway revival of Cabaret, Feb. 21. The John Kander and Fred Ebb musical plays at Studio 54.
Deborah Gibson
Deborah Gibson (Photo by Aubrey Reuben)

After rising to fame in the '80s as a pop singer (then as Debbie) — with songs like "Electric Youth," "Only In My Dreams" and "Lost in Your Eyes" — Gibson turned to musical theatre landing roles in the Broadway productions of Les Miserables, Grease! and Beauty and the Beast. Her other stage credits include the national tours of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Funny Girl and Cinderella. Gibson recently appeared as Gypsy Rose Lee opposite Betty Buckley in the Paper Mill production of Gypsy and in another John Kander and Fred Ebb musical, Chicago, at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, MA.

Gibson joins a long line of Sally replacements which include Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary McCormack, Susan Egan, Joely Fisher, Lea Thompson, Katie Finneran, Gina Gershon, Kate Shindle, Brooke Shields, Jane Leeves and Molly Ringwald. The role was originated in this Broadway run by Natasha Richardson.

Neil Patrick Harris (Proof) currently heads up the cast as the Emcee. Carole Shelley (Fraulein Schneider), Tom Bosley (Herr Schultz) and Heather Laws (Sally Bowles) also star with Rick Holmes, Penny Ayn Maas and Peter Benson. (Alma Cuervo will assume the role of Fraulein Schneider Feb. 17.)

The musical directed by Sam Mendes with Rob Marshall featuring the music of Kander, the lyrics of Ebb and book by Joe Masteroff, opened on Broadway March 19, 1998. It won Tony Awards that year including Best Revival of a Musical.

Roundabout Theatre Company artistic director Todd Haimes told Playbill On-Line (August 2002) that Cabaret will play one more year at the space and then close to make way for a revival of Stephen Sondheim's Assassins.

Tickets for Cabaret at Studio 54, 254 West 54 Street and through Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or click here.