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WATCH: Cabaret Stars Pull Back Curtain on Characters' Sexuality

WATCH: Cabaret Stars Pull Back Curtain on Characters' Sexuality


Actors Bill Heck and Aaron Krohn discuss the Broadway revival's complicated sexual politics.

Bill Heck (left), Michelle Williams, Danny Burstein, and Linda Emond | Photo by Joan Marcus

Actors in the Broadway revival of Cabaret discuss the show's complex sexual politics as part of's 30 Days of Pride.

Bill Heck plays Clifford Bradshaw, a sexually liberated American writer based on Christopher Isherwood, gay author of the Kander and Ebb musical's source material. Aaron Krohn plays Ernst Ludwig, a flirtatious Nazi. In a new video, each actor explores his character's ambiguous sexual identity. Don't tell mama, but they might be bisexual.

Alan Cumming embraced the androgyny to reprise his Tony-winning performance as a seedy pre-war Berlin nightclub's flamboyantly omnisexual Emcee in Roundabout Theatre Company's revisited revival, which opened April 24 at Studio 54 and stars Oscar nominee Michelle Williams as boozy chanteuse Sally Bowles. As Cumming told Backstage before the Tony Awards:

"I did what I thought was right. I didn't try to be different. I think it's the hardest thing to do. I think there is room for people to bring their own personality to this role and still do it within the parameters of how this production is set for that character. Just don't do a complete impersonation--or else do a really good one."

Cumming famously played the Emcee in the Tony-winning 1998 production, which ultimately ran for six years. Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall, both Tony-nominated for their work 15 years ago, have re-created their direction and choreography for the new revival.

Watch Heck and Krohn in the video below:

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