Variety reports that Nutley intends to cast his wife, Swedish actress Helena Bergstrom, in the musical's central role of Sally Bowles. Cabaret will mark the stage directorial debut for Nutley, who has earned acclaim for his films "House of Angels," "The Last Dance," "Deadline" and "Paradise."
Bergstrom, a frequent star in Nutley's films, has worked with the Royal Dramatic Theatre and the City Theatre in Stockholm, appearing in such stage productions as Piaf, Medea, A Doll's House, Miss Julie and Hamlet. Her film work includes "1939," "House of Angels," "The Last Dance," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Under the Sun," and the upcoming Nutley film "Angel."
Nutley's production of Cabaret will also star "House of Angels" actors Rickard Wolff and Sven Wollter.
Originally directed and produced for the stage by Hal Prince, the premiere Broadway production of Cabaret earned eight 1967 Tony Awards including Best Musical. The original production starred Joel Grey, Jill Haworth and Lotte Lenya.
Cabaret features a book by Joe Masteroff, based on the John Van Druten play "I Am a Camera" and the original stories by Christopher Isherwood. John Kander and Fred Ebb penned the Tony-Award winning score to the musical that features such hits as "Willkommen," "Maybe This Time," "So What," "Don't Tell Mama," "I Don't Care Much" and the title song. Grey, a Tony winner for the Broadway production, reprised his role for the 1972 Academy Award-winning film directed by Bob Fosse. "Cabaret" earned eight Academy Awards including Best Actress for Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles.
The 1998 Roundabout revival – under the direction of Sam Mendes – featured Alan Cumming and Natasha Richardson, who both earned Tony Awards for their work. The production also earned the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical.