Saturday, April 20, 2024

Sienna Miller Killing it In “Cabaret,” Trying Not to Get Killed: She’s Been Punched, and Cut in the Eye


Sienna Miller is killing it in “Cabaret” on Broadway. She’s also trying not to get killed. So far, in the last 10 days, she tells me, she’s smashed into a wall and gotten stitches over her right eye. Last night (Tuesday) she got clocked by the actor who plays her lover in the hit musical now winding down at Studio 54 for Roundabout Theater.

Not only that: on Tuesday, Miller–a trouper–was suffering from bronchitis and taking steroids to get better. The raspiness in her voice actually gave her a young Marianne Faithfull sound, which worked for the well known songs from the Kander and Ebb musical.

The good news is that Sienna, who’s had a big year with roles in “Foxcatcher” and “American Sniper,” has really come into her own. “Cabaret” is not her Broadway debut– that was in “After Miss Julie” in 2009. But it’s her breakthrough performance. She’s gotten rave reviews, deservedly.

As Sally Bowles, she ranges from waifish to hardened, just as the play and book would indicate. She’s not attempting Liza Minnelli in the Big Screen version. But after the late Natasha Richardson years ago, then Michelle Williams and Emma Stone, of whom did very well, Miller is bringing something new to Sally and to “Cabaret.” There are only 15 performances left. Try and see it if you can.

Kudos to everyone else in the cast, starting with Alan Cumming– Tony winner for playing the emcee and always invested, never bored– plus Danny Burstein, Bill Heck, Andrea Goss and Linda Emond. Sam Mendes’ production has held up very well. Famed scary Vogue editor Anna Wintour was sitting next to me, and she stayed through the whole thing. She even eventually took off her sunglasses. That’s a sign of approval. Chris Noth was also in the audience, applauding.

I’ve watched Sienna Miller since she first took hold, got involved in a prolonged tabloid adventure with Jude Law, and grew until she is now a mom and a soaring serious actress. It’s gratifying to see her career take the right paths . On stage she glows like a movie star even though she’s hunkered down for real theater work. She may even return in spring 2016 with something. For now, though, watch summon everyone to the Cabaret, which is not the place you might think. It’s a treat.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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