Tickets are scarce this weekend for Cabaret as the show approaches a significant cast change — Katie Finneran assumes the Sally Bowles role in Roundabout’s Tony Award-winning production effective Nov. 21. Finneran replaces Lea Thompson, who leaves the show with her final performance on Nov. 19 .
Broadway's fifth longest-running revival, Cabaret passed the 1,000th performance mark on Sept. 14. The current cast includes Lea Thompson (Sally Bowles), Matt McGrath (emcee), Dick Latessa (Herr Schultz), Carole Shelley (Fraulein Schneider), Michael Hayden (Clifford Bradshaw), Candy Buckley (Fraulein Kost) and Martin Moran (Ernst Ludwig).
Directed by Sam Mendes with Rob Marshall, the revival of Cabaret is based on Christopher Isherwood real-life account in “The Berlin Stories.” Cabaret features music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and book by Joe Masteroff. The story takes place in Berlin and involves a British woman’s romance with an American writer at the onset of the Third Reich.
The show opened March 19, 1998 and went on to win four Tony Awards (including Best Musical Revival), three Drama Desk Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, a Theatre World Award, an Astaire Award and a special award from the New York Drama Critics.
A consistent draw, the show has routinely adopted new cast members. Like other Sally’s, Finneran brings years of experience to her role, having appeared on Broadway in The Iceman Cometh with Kevin Spacey (directed by Howard Davies) as well as in Jon Robin Baitz’s translation of Hedda Gabler at Bay Street and Williamstown (directed by Nicholas Martin). Her other Broadway credits include Neil Simon’s Proposals, The Heiress, In the Summerhouse, My Favorite Year, Two Shakespearean Actors and On Borrowed Time. Off-Broadway, she appeared in Arms and the Man (Roundabout), John Guare’s Bosom and Neglect (Signature), You Never Can Tell (Roundabout), Jon Robin Baitz’s A Fair Country (Lincoln Center Theater), Lil Abner (City Center Encores!) and Edith Stein (Jewish Rep). Tickets range from $45 - $90. Tickets are on sale at the Studio 54 Box Office at 254 W. 54 St. For tickets call TeleCharge at (212) 239-6200.