Empire Inspiration award winner Sam Mendes

Helmer to return to with 'Cabaret' revival

Helmer Sam Mendes will be honored with the Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre at Roundabout Theatre Company’s spring gala. The event, titled In Here, Life Is Beautiful, will be held on March 10 at Gotham’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

The star-studded tribute to Mendes will include performances by Ethan Hawke, Bernadette Peters, Marc Shaiman, Alan Cumming, Brian d’Arcy James and Aaron Krohn as well as appearances by Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Cynthia Nixon, Kathy Bates, Dylan Baker and Richard Easton.

Mendes directed the Tony-winning musical “Cabaret” for Roundabout in 1998. He will return to Studio 54 to helm a “Cabaret” revival starring Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams. The new project enters previews on March 21 and is set to officially bow April 24.

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