Michelle Williams posing as the character Sally Bowles from Broadway’s Cabaret in new photo from Vogue‘s April 2014 issue

On reconnecting with her inner showgirl: 

“Singing and dancing take you out of your head—you’re too busy doing too many other things to be thinking, How am I doing? You’re just doing. It’s like meditation. When Cabaret came along, with these gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous songs—they’re so simple, but they tap into something deep and emotional—I knew that I wanted to follow that thing I tasted a few years ago. I haven’t been confronted with the nerves yet, so now the singing is just pure joy. Honestly, it feels like being a kid. Now let’s see if I can be a kid onstage eight times a week.”

On playing the role reinvented by the late Natasha Richardson: 

“A friend told me that when Natasha was debating whether or not to do this role, her mother said, ‘Darling, when they ask you to play Sally Bowles, you play Sally Bowles.’ So I pretended that Vanessa Redgrave was my mother and followed her advice—who knows when the chance will come around again?”


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