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Michelle Williams to hit Broadway

Michelle Williams will make her Broadway debut next year in a role best known by Liza Minnelli - fishnet-and-bowler hat wearing chanteuse Sally Bowles in Cabaret.

The Roundabout Theatre Company confirmed that the former Dawson's Creek and Brokeback Mountain star will join Alan Cumming in the revival. Michelle takes over after Emma Stone withdrew due to scheduling conflicts.

Previews will begin on March 21 with an opening set for April 24 at the Roundabout 's Studio 54 theatre on Broadway, the last home of the show, which ran for more than 2,000 performances from 1998 to 2004. It won the Tony Award in 1998 for best musical revival.

Alan, who will be reprising his 1998 turn as Master of Ceremonies, recently ended a one-man Macbeth. Also reprising their parts from the 1998 production are Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall, who will direct. Marshall will also choreograph this time as well.

Set in 1931 Berlin, Cabaret centres on the world of the indulgent Kit Kat Klub as it becomes intertwined with the world outside, which gets more precarious on the brink of the Second World War. The songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb include Willkommen and Tomorrow Belongs To Me.

Cabaret, both the Broadway show and 1972 film starring Minnelli, Joel Grey and Michael York, are based on the 1951 Broadway play I Am A Camera, which, in turn, was based on Christopher Isherwood's book Goodbye To Berlin.

In addition to Minnelli, the part of Bowles has been played by Jill Haworth, Gina Gershon, Melina Kanakaredes, Natasha Richardson, Jane Leeves, Lea Thompson, Alyson Reed and Judi Dench, among others.

Michelle's film career took off with 2005's Brokeback Mountain for which she received the first of her three Oscar nominations for her performance as the rejected wife of former real-life partner Heath Ledger's cowboy. She has earned two other nods, for Blue Valentine and My Week With Marilyn.

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