Roundabout Theatre Company

Roundabout Theatre Company is a not-for-profit theatre dedicated to providing a nurturing artistic home for theatre artists at all stages of their careers where the widest possible audience can experience their work at affordable prices. Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the revival of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established playwrights and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate loyal audiences.

Weimar Republic: The CabaretWeimar Republic: The Cabaret
Posted: Jul. 2, 2014

Michelle Williams Extends Role Through November 9Michelle Williams Extends
Posted: Jul. 22, 2014

The Life of Studio 54The Life of Studio 54
Posted: Jul. 8, 2014

Germany at the Time of CabaretGermany at the Time of Cabaret
Posted: Jul. 18, 2014

Cabaret: Read, Watch, ListenCabaret: Read, Watch, Listen
Posted: Jul. 11, 2014

Josh Hamilton joins the cast of The Real ThingJosh Hamilton Joins The Real Thing
Posted: Jul. 15, 2014

Alan Cumming's Opening Night Inspiration, Otto DixAlan Cumming's Inspiration
Posted: Jul. 30, 2014


2014 Award Season is Here!2014 Award Season is Here!
Posted: Apr. 22, 2014

Cabaret Opens on BroadwayCabaret Opens on Broadway
Posted: Apr. 30, 2014

Posted: Nov. 18, 2013

Intimate Apparel returns for one-night-onlyIntimate Apparel returns for one-night
Posted: Apr. 11, 2014

Interview with Lyndsey Turner, DirectorInterview with Lyndsey Turner, Director
Posted: Dec. 13, 2013

Roundabout UndergroundRoundabout Underground
Posted: Aug. 9, 2013

Dinner With Friends closes Off-BroadwayDinner With Friends closes Off-Broadway
Posted: Apr. 18, 2014

Alan Cumming's Opening Night Inspiration, Otto DixAlan Cumming's Opening Night Inspiration, Otto Dix
July 30, 2014

Following the opening night performance of Cabaret, actor Alan Cumming (Emcee) surprised and awed the guests of the opening night bash. Inspired by German artist Otto Dix, Cumming emerged from his dressing room as the subject of one of Dix's most famous paintings, Portrait of the Journalist Sylvia von Harden (1926). Brandishing a red-checkered jumpsuit, a monocle fixed over his right eye, a cigarette holder and slicked-back hair, the Cabaret star looked almost identical to the 1926 painting. In an interview with NPR, Alan explained, ' I decided that I would do my own thing and have a modern interpretation of an image that is very much an inspiration for the production. We have those images of Otto Dix all over the walls, and [George] Grosz and all those painters. ... I'm going to go as that painting.' The portrait, a mixed media work on wood, is currently housed at the Musee National d'Art Moderne in Paris. At the time of its creation, Dix had just been discharged from service in World War I and was working in Dresden during the Weimar Republicof Germany.
Michelle Williams Extends Role Through November 9Michelle Williams Extends Role Through November 9
July 22, 2014

We are pleased to announce that 3-time Academy Award nominee & Golden Globe winner, Michelle Williams has extended her acclaimed run as 'Sally Bowles' in Cabaret on Broadway through November 9, 2014.
Germany at the Time of CabaretGermany at the Time of Cabaret
July 18, 2014

Cabaret is set in 1930s Berlin, just around the time the Nazi Party began rising to power in Germany. The Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage at the Kit Kat Klub nightly to tantalize the crowd, and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, the club, a metaphor for the threatening state of the late Weimar Germany begins to fall apart.
History of Physical ComedyHistory of Physical Comedy
July 16, 2014

Jim Dale got his big break at an audition after getting a big laugh from a big fall. From that moment on, he would use his physicality for laughs, making him part of a long line of artists unafraid of falling down on the job.
Josh Hamilton joins the cast of The Real ThingJosh Hamilton joins the cast of The Real Thing
July 15, 2014

We are pleased to announce that Josh Hamilton will play 'Max' opposite Ewan McGregor ('Henry'), Maggie Gyllenhaal('Annie') and Cynthia Nixon ('Charlotte') inTom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning playThe Real Thing, directed by Sam Gold.
Cabaret: Read, Watch, ListenCabaret: Read, Watch, Listen
July 11, 2014

Immerse yourself in the world of Cabaret with our recommended reading, watching and listening lists! WHAT TO READ
Jim Dale at RoundaboutJim Dale at Roundabout
July 10, 2014

Veteran actor Jim Dale has a long history with Roundabout Theatre Company. Starting with one of Roundabout's earliest successes, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Jim Dale has performed in five Roundabout productions over the last 30 years. In his brand new solo show, Just Jim Daleunder the direction of Tony winner Richard Maltby, Jr. (Fosse, Ain't Misbehavin'), Dale shares his passion for the stage as he recounts a lifetime of irresistible showbiz tales. We look back at some of his great roles at Roundabout below.
The Life of Studio 54The Life of Studio 54
July 8, 2014

Studio 54 was known for two things before Roundabout purchased this historic theatre: being a famous club and being a cursed theatre, with shows sometimes opening and closing in the same night. However, Roundabout turned Studio 54's luck around with successful productions likeSunday in the Park with George, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and, of course, Cabaret.
Weimar Republic: The CabaretWeimar Republic: The Cabaret
July 2, 2014

The end of World War I in 1918 brought radical change to a defeated, disillusioned Germany. The entire population had experienced hunger, death, and violence. In October of that year, as the Americans brought renewed vigor to the fighting on the Western front, a largely communist revolt against the Kaiser and the war spread across Germany. Top military leaders showed no confidence in the monarchy. In early November, the Kaiser abdicated, and a leading socialist party declared a republic, thus bringing the Weimar Republic to power. The November 11 armistice was signed soon after. The war with the world had ended, but Germany's internal war was just beginning.
Shakespearean ClownsShakespearean Clowns
July 2, 2014

Jim Dale's career as an actor grew out of his success as a music hall performer and musician. He put those music hall skills as a wit, singer, musician, and physical comedian to work in performances of William Shakespeare's many clowns and fools.
JUST JIM DALE: British Music HallJUST JIM DALE: British Music Hall
June 27, 2014

In Just Jim Dale, the British Music Hall is featured as both a family business (Jim Dale's grandmother ran a theatrical boarding house adjoining a local music hall) and as a major influence on Dale's career. Music hall entertainment evolved out of musical performances given at local taverns. These 'taproom concerts' were initially a background diversion, secondary to the eating, drinking, and debauchery common to early 19th century pubs. As the concerts gained popularity, pub owners took note, and by the mid-1830s, taverns often had entire 'song and supper rooms' devoted to the entertainment. In 1843, the Theatre Regulations Act differentiated music halls from the 'theatre proper' (theatres that housed ballet and opera performances). While smoking and drinking were banned in the theatre proper, they were allowed to continue in music hall entertainment, thus cementing the music hall's popularity as a hangout for working class audiences.
We Remember Eli WallachWe Remember Eli Wallach
June 26, 2014

Roundabout mourns the loss of our dear friend, Eli Wallach, who passed away on June 24th at the age of 98. Eli was known to many for his huge breadth of film work, taking on character roles of all kinds over the course of his 60-year career. He was deservedly awarded an honorary Oscar for those performances in 2010. But Eli's first love was the theatre, and he returned to it over and over again in the midst of his success on screen. He was an early favorite of playwright Tennessee Williams, appearing in the original productions of both The Rose Tattoo and Camino Real. Eli was frequently paired on stage with his wife, Anne Jackson. They would play together in everything from Eugene Ionesco's Rhinoceros to Jean Ahouilh's Waltz of the Toreadors, becoming a leading couple of the American theatre. We were lucky to have Eli join the Roundabout in 1992 with his performance in Arthur Miller's The Price at the Criterion Center on Broadway.
Cabaret Sign Interpreted PerformanceCabaret Sign Interpreted Performance
June 20, 2014

Education at Roundabout: VioletEducation at Roundabout: Violet
June 17, 2014

On April 9, more than 625 students from seven high schools and five middle schools across all five boroughs of New York City attended the all-student matinee of Violet. For many students,Violet was their first Broadway show. In the two weeks before the student matinee, Roundabout Teaching Artists visited classrooms to lead pre-show workshops that prepared students for the historical context of the musical and the production's artistic conventions. On the morning of the show, 50 freshman from FDR High School engaged in a workshop at the American Airlines Theatre, fulfilling the roles of actors, designers and marketing staff. The students researched, designed and performed two excerpts from Violet in just two hours.
From the Berlin Stories to CabaretFrom the Berlin Stories to Cabaret
June 10, 2014

Cabaret has made an indelible impact on musical theatre and inspired some of the greatest theatrical artists of the last century to imprint the work with their unique style. The undeniable power of this musical lies in the universal question it poses: why do we again and again allow destructive powers to take control of society?
 Interview with Pianist & Co-Arranger: Mark York Interview with Pianist & Co-Arranger: Mark York
May 29, 2014

Ted Sod, Education Dramaturg, talked to Mark York about his history with Jim Dale and his role in the creation of this production.
A Personal Response to VioletA Personal Response to Violet
May 27, 2014

The organization myFace recently reached out to us to share a personal response to the musical Violet by journalist and blogger Jeryl Brunner.
Roundabout Underground AnnouncementRoundabout Underground Announcement
May 21, 2014

It is my great pleasure to announce that the eighth season of Roundabout Underground will launch with Little Children Dream of God, written by Jeff Augustin and directed by Giovanna Sardelli. The world premiere production will open in February of 2015 at the Black Box Theatre. I am also pleased to announce that Jeff is Roundabout's first Playwright-in-Residence, a position generously supported by the Tow Foundation.
Renaissance man Jim Dale explores a life on the stage....onstageRenaissance man Jim Dale explores a life on the stage....onstage
May 19, 2014

Henry Haun recently published this article about Jim Dale in Playbill Magazine. They've been kind enough to let us reproduce it in full below:
Violet's America: A Journey Through the South in 1964Violet's America: A Journey Through the South in 1964
May 16, 2014

In Violet, it's September 4, 1964 when Violet Karl boards a bus in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, bound for Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her journey will take her across the American South during the cultural revolution of the 1960s. By 1970, civil rights, Vietnam, women's liberation, and rock and roll youth culture will have reshaped society.