Gina Gershon extended her stay in the Broadway revival of Cabaret several times, but life can't be a cabaret forever. The star will finally wave goodbye to the long-running production on June 17. The Roundabout Theatre Company musical will then see a two-week stint by former Miss America Kate Shindle as Sally Bowles, from June 19 to July 1. Following that, the previously-announced Brooke Shields will take over the part, beginning July 6.
Gershon began her tenure back on Jan. 19 and has become one of the longest-lived Sallys in the revival's history. Talking backstage at the June 3 Tony Awards ceremony (at which she was a presenter), Gershon said, "They just keep asking me to stay a little longer. It's been great."
Gershon is well known to television and film audiences. Her movie credits include "Face/Off," "The Player" and "Black & White." She starred in the short-lived series "Snoops."
Brooke Shields' theatre roles, like her film assignments, have often been on the racy side, in direct contrast to her demure public persona. She played the tough-talking Rizzo in the Fran and Barry Weissler Broadway production of Grease! and, more recently, starred in the Off Broadway hit, The Vagina Monologues. Her film roles include "The Blue Lagoon," "Endless Love" and "Black and White." Her sitcom, "Suddenly Susan," was recently discontinued. Now the fifth longest-running revival on Broadway, Roundabout's Cabaret had surpassed the number of performances logged by the original stage version. Now playing at Studio 54, the revival of Cabaret passed the 1,165 mark set by the original with its 1,166th show on Feb. 6.
Roundabout's revival opened March 19, 1998, and went on to win four Tony Awards (including Best Musical Revival). The role of Sally Bowles has been played by Natasha Richardson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary McCormack, Susan Egan, Lea Thompson, Joely Fisher and Katie Finneran. The emcee has been played by Alan Cumming, Robert Sella, Michael Hall and Matt McGrath.
Tickets range $45-$90. Tickets are on sale at the Studio 54 box office at 254 W. 54 St. and through TeleCharge at (212) 239-6200.