PHOTO GALLERY: A Celebration of Sally Bowles

Screen Shot 2017-09-08 at 4.44.17 PMIn the fifty years since it opened on Broadway, CABARET has featured dozens of brilliant leading ladies in the delicious role of Sally Bowles. Vulnerable, histrionic, hedonistic and more than a bit delusional, Sally hides her pain by reveling in the tawdry glitz of the Kit Kat Club. Sally cajoles, carouses, and flirts; she suffers a nervous breakdown; and she sings several of Kander and Ebb’s most iconic songs… it’s no wonder so many great actresses have lined up to play her.

Here’s a sampling (roughly in chronological order) of some of the actresses who’ve played the toast of Mayfair… Fräulein Sally Bowles!

Broadway and The West End (1966-1969)

Jill HaworthJill HaworthThe original Sally, Jill Haworth made her first and only Broadway appearance in Hal Prince’s original staging of CABARET, debuting the role on November 20th, 1966.

Penny FullerPenny Fuller APPLAUSEMs. Fuller was the original Broadway standby for Sally; she eventually took over the role. A few years later, in 1970, she earned a Tony nomination for her performance as as Eve Harrington in APPLAUSE (pictured).

Anita GilletteAnita GilletteMs. Gillette, who went on to great acclaim in theater, television and film, also began as a standby for Sally. She first played the role in 1968.

Tandy CronynTandy CroninThe daughter of Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn, Tandy Cronyn played Sally on Broadway and in the 1969 national tour.

Melissa Hart

Melissa Hart

Melissa Hart, Leo Fuchs and Signe Hasso

Ms. Hart (not to be confused with TV actress Melissa Joan Hart) played Sally on Broadway and originated the role in CABARET’s first national tour.

Judi DenchJudi DenchThe Oscar-, Tony-, BAFTA-, and Golden Globe-winning actress was London’s first Sally Bowles! Dame Judi originated the role in CABARET’s West End premiere in 1968.

1st Broadway Revival (1987-1988)

Alyson ReedAlyson ReedBest known to film audiences as Cassie in A Chorus Line, Alyson Reed played Sally in the 1987 Broadway revival of CABARET. She appeared opposite Joel Grey, who reprised his role from the original production.

West End Revival (1993)

Jane HorrocksJane HorrocksDirector Sam Mendes took a new look at CABARET in 1993, and his West End production was a smash, starring Jane Horrocks as Sally and Alan Cumming as the Emcee. A multi-talented powerhouse, Jane Horrocks headlined in several West End hits, but American audiences may know her best as Bubble, Edina’s ditzy assistant on Absolutely Fabulous.

2nd Broadway Revival (1998-1999)

Natasha RichardsonNatasha RichardsonThe Sam Mendes production of CABARET came to Broadway on March 19, 1998, starring Natasha Richardson and Alan Cumming. A radiantly intelligent and talented actress, Ms. Richardson played against type, embodying Sally as a capricious and tragic figure woefully lacking in talent.

After Natasha Richardson, the 1998 revival continued for six years, bringing in some of the most famous actresses in television and film. Those included:

Jennifer Jason LeighJennifer Jason LeighThe Oscar nominee played Sally from August 1998 to February 1999.

Mary McCormackMary McCormackMs. McCormack later went on to great success in television, with featured roles in Murder One and West Wing, among others.

Susan EganSusan EganCelebrated as Belle on Broadway and Meg in Hercules, Ms. Egan first joined the Broadway company as Sally in 1999. She subsequently returned several times, doing multiple 2- or 3-month stints until 2003.

US National Tour (1999)

Teri HatcherTeri HatcherAfter her success as Lois Lane in Lois & Clark – but before her acclaim in Desperate Housewives – Teri Hatcher headlined the national tour of CABARET in 1999.

Broadway Revival, continued (1999-2004)

The 1998 Broadway continued, starring the following leading ladies:

Linda RomoffLinda Romoff

Joely FisherJoely Fisher

Lea ThompsonLea Thompson

Katie FinneranKatie Finneran

Gina GershonGina Gershon

Kate ShindleKate Shindle

Brooke ShieldsBrooke Shields 2

Molly RingwaldMolly Ringwald

Jane LeevesJane Leeves

Heather LawsHeather Laws

Deborah GibsonDeborah Gibson

Melina KanakaredesMelina Kanakaredes

US National Tour, continued (2001)

Andrea McArdleAndrea McArdleBroadway’s original Annie proved she was all grown up when she played Sally in the national tour in 2001.

UK Tour (2008)

Samantha BarksSamantha BarksThe British pop star, who rose to fame on the competition show I’d Do Anything, played Sally in a 2008 UK Tour.

3rd Broadway Revival (2014-2015)

Michelle WilliamsMichelle WilliamsThe Tony and Oscar nominee starred opposite Alan Cumming in the Broadway revival of Sam Mendes’ staging of CABARET, opening on April 24, 2014.

Emma StoneEmma Stone 1Before La La Land, Ms. Stone dipped her toes into the musical theatre waters by succeeding Michelle Williams on Broadway.

Sienna MillerSienna MillerThe model/actress/designer played Sally for the final few months of the show’s Broadway run.

US National Tour (2016)

The US National Tour featured two actresses in the role:

Andrea GossAndrea Goss 2Leigh Ann LarkinLeigh Ann Larkin 2And that’s about it.

Wait… you didn’t seriously think we’d forget about the movie, did you? Of course, in 1972, Bob Fosse directed the film adaptation of Hal Prince’s stage musical. The celebrated film won eight Academy Awards, including one for its leading lady…

Liza Minnelli

Liza MinnelliLiza defined the role for generations, introducing the songs “Maybe This Time” and “Mein Herr,” which both became part of later stage productions. With a powerhouse persona onstage and an aching vulnerability offstage, Liza presented a brassy yet painfully insecure Sally Bowles: a tragic figure who had the talent – but lacked the opportunity – to find success in show business and in life.

That’s our salute to Sally Bowles. So… who will be the next Toast of Mayfair? We can’t wait to see.