Bebe Neuwirth and Steven Skybell Join Broadway Cast of CABARET


Bebe Neuwirth and Steven Skybell | Photos: Jason T. Haberman and Tricia Baron

Jordanna Brody
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November 9, 2023 9:33 AM

Cabaret has found its Fraulein Schneider and Herr Schultz! Two-time Tony Award and Emmy Award winner Bebe Neuwirth and Obie Award Winner Steven Skybell will play the roles in the upcoming Broadway revival, respectively. They join the previously announced cast, Academy Award, Tony Award, and Olivier Award winner Eddie Redmayne as The Emcee, Gayle Rankin as Sally Bowles, and Tony Award nominee Ato Blankson-Wood as Cliff in the visionary new production of Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club at the August Wilson Theatre, directed by Olivier Award winner Rebecca Frecknall and designed by Tony Award nominee and Evening Standard Award winner Tom Scutt.

Neuwirth has a decades long relationship with Cabaret composers John Kander and Fred Ebb having won a Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League Awards for her legendary portrayal of Velma Kelly in the revival of Chicago. In subsequent runs in the show, she has also played the roles of Roxie Hart and Matron Mama Morton. Additionally, she portrayed Aurora in Kander & Ebb’s Kiss of the Spider Woman in London’s West End and headlined a symphony tour entitled “Bebe Sings Weill and Kander & Ebb.”

Neuwirth said, “I’m completely thrilled to be a part of this beautiful production, and to help tell this fascinating tale through the sublime score of John Kander and Fred Ebb.”

Skybell received a Lortel Award along with Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League nominations for his thrilling turn as ‘Tevye’ in Fiddler in the Roof in Yiddish. His numerous Broadway credits also include Pal Joey; Wicked; The Full Monty; and Love! Valour! Compassion!; and Ah, Wilderness!

Skybell said, “In these times of increased antisemitism, I am proud and privileged to play the Jewish role of ‘Herr Schultz’ in Cabaret. It’s important to tell stories like Cabaret, which is, of course, massively entertaining, but also sheds a light on this moment in history, when fascism and intolerance nearly overcame the Jewish people and the world at large.”

Neuwirth and Skybell previously appeared together in 2012 Classic Stage Company production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream where she played Titania, opposite him as Nick Bottom.

Additional casting and other news about Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club on Broadway will be announced in the coming weeks.

Previews for Cabaret will start Monday, April 1, 2024 ahead of decadent twin opening night gala celebrations starting Saturday, April 20 continuing into the following night, with the official opening on Sunday, April 21.

For this thrilling production of Cabaret, the creative team will transform the August Wilson Theatre into the Kit Kat Club with an in-the-round auditorium and sinfully dreamlike spaces which guests will be invited to explore, featuring pre-show entertainment. After purchasing tickets, guests will receive a “club entry time” to allow them to take in the world of the club before the show starts.

Cabaret, one of the most revered and successful musicals of all time, has music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and a book by Joe Masteroff based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood. The show features the songs “Willkommen,” “Don’t Tell Mama,” “Mein Herr,” “Maybe This Time,” “Money,” and the iconic title number.

Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club on Broadway is directed by Olivier Award winner Rebecca Frecknall with club, scenic, and costume design by Evening Standard Award winner, Tony Award nominee, and Olivier Award nominee Tom Scutt, and choreography by Olivier Award nominee Julia Cheng.

The creative team for Broadway includes Jennifer Whyte, Obie Award winner and Olivier Award nominee Isabella Byrd, Olivier Award winner Nick Lidster for Autograph, Sam Cox, Guy Common, Jordan Fein, Danny Sharron, Kayla Lomas-Kirton, Jessica Castro, Angus MacRae, The Telsey Office, and Thomas Recktenwald. 101 Productions, Ltd. serves as the US General Manager of Cabaret.

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Jordanna Brody

Originally from South Florida, Jordanna Brody graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Theatre Education and Performance in 2019. Her experience teaching, performing, directing, and working behind the scenes informs her perspective on theatre in every way. She is passionate about uplifting marginalized voices and innovative theatrical experiences.

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