Having played 2,343 performances, “Cabaret” will close Nov. 2 at Studio 54.
The Roundabout staging of the famed Kander & Ebb show is the second longest running revival in Broadway history. For the record, it follows the current production of Kander & Ebb’s “Chicago,” which shows no signs of stopping after having put in more than 2,800 perfs.
Legit is a small world. In addition to sharing the same famed composer-lyricist team, the two tuners have a helmer connection. “Cabaret” is credited as being “directed by Sam Mendes with Rob Marshall.” The latter director went on to helm the Oscar-winning movie “Chicago,” which rekindled public interest in the stage revival.
As for “Cabaret,” it is the show that bought Studio 54 for Roundabout. The not-for-profit company closed that real-estate deal earlier this summer. A year ago, the company’s artistic director, Todd Haimes, told Daily Variety that the long-running revival had earned about $8.5 million for Roundabout. With its weekly breakeven at $320,000, the show has dipped below that level only 12 sessions in the past 12 months. Last week it grossed $330,692.
Starring Natasha Richardson and Alan Cumming, “Cabaret” opened in March 1998 at the Henry Miller Theater, temporarily renamed the Kit Kat Klub in its honor. After a $1.5 million loan from Waxman/Williams in return for a percentage of the action, the show transferred to Studio 54, where it has remained.
In the past, Haimes has indicated that the long-postponed revival of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s “Assassins” might follow “Cabaret” into Studio 54. A spokesman for Roundabout said no production had yet been scheduled for the venue.
“Cabaret” currently stars Jon Secada and Melina Kanakaredes.