"Life is a Cabaret, New Chum!" Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams Become Fast Friends in Broadway's Cabaret

By Michael Gioia
24 Apr 2014

Michelle Williams
Photo by Joan Marcus

"Is that unusual for you? Are you a prevaricator, normally?" Cumming questioned.

"There's a little bit more of a balancing act... This? It decided for me."

Although Sally and the Emcee barely interact on stage ("I introduce you a couple times," Cumming told Williams, to which she replied, "Yeah! I throw you a dirty look, you grab my ass, and that's it."), the duo have become fast friends offstage.



"A couple times, I wanted to make sure, 'Are you okay?' because I know this is a newer thing for you," Cumming said to the Broadway newcomer. His advice: "There's that saying that if there's no asshole in the film or in the play, it must be you!" (Williams gasps.)

"But it's been very easy," he continued. "We've fallen into an easy friendship, and I'm looking forward to getting the show open... I can't wait to have an excursion to my place upstate."

"Oh, yes! On a Sunday?"

"Yes, we'll go up on a Sunday and stay until Tuesday afternoon. I've done it before with companies... I rent a bus, and we all go on a bus. Maybe when it's warmer. We'll go a few times, of course. There's a pond... I did it with the Macbeth lot — of course, there weren't so many actors in that — and we had such a glorious day."

"That sounds like heaven!" Williams paused, turned away from Cumming and whispered, "I think I'm going to like working with Alan."

(This feature appears in the May 2014 issue of Playbill. Playbill.com staff writer Michael Gioia's work appears in the news, feature and video sections of Playbill.com as well as in the pages of Playbill magazine. Follow him on Twitter at @PlaybillMichael.)