"Sing Out, Louise!" Our Top Ten Musical Theatre Diva Vehicles

By Ben Rimalower
05 Aug 2013

Natasha Richardson

6. Cabaret

As Sally Bowles in the original Broadway production of Cabaret, Jill Haworth's billing was below the title, but Liza Minnelli's Oscar-winning performance in the film adaptation left long-lasting lash-prints on the role, to the point where to this day, Sally is certainly considered the lead, with no less than Natasha Richardson starring in Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall's hit 1998 revival (opposite male diva Alan Cumming's star-making performance as the Emcee), followed by a line of star replacements (Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Gershon, Brooke Shields, Jane Leeves, Katie Finneran, Molly Ringwald and on and on) the likes of which Broadway hadn't seen since the star-driven 1960s. Those divas knew a vehicle when they saw one.