Ato Blankson-Wood
Ato Blankson-Wood

Tony Award Nominee Ato Blankson-Wood Joins Broadway Cast of Cabaret

It was announced today that Tony Award nominee Ato Blankson-Wood (Slave Play) will play Cliff in the visionary new production of Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club at the August Wilson Theatre, directed by Olivier Award winner Rebecca Frecknall and designed by Tony Award nominee and Evening Standard Award winner Tom Scutt.

Blankson-Wood most recently portrayed the titular role in Hamlet this summer at Shakespeare in the Park where he has also appeared in productions of Twelfth Night, As You Like It, and Hair. In 2018, he was part of the acclaimed ensemble in Slave Play which originated at NYTW and then transferred to Broadway the following year. For his performance, he received a Tony, Drama League, Antonyo, and Lortel nominations. In Cabaret, he will star opposite recently announced Academy Award and Tony Award winner Eddie Redmayne as The Emcee and Gayle Rankin as Sally Bowles.

“I am beyond excited to return to Broadway in Rebecca Frecknall’s brilliant production of Cabaret,” said Blankson-Wood. “I recognize the weight and responsibility of telling this particular story at this particular moment and am emboldened by the fact that I’ll get to do it alongside Eddie Redmayne and Gayle Rankin, two actors whom I admire so deeply. Cliff, like me, is an artist attempting to create and make sense of the world against a backdrop of escalating violence and hatred, I look forward to learning what he has to teach me.”

Cabaret will begin performances on April 1, 2024, with opening night gala celebrations starting Saturday, April 20 which will continue into the following night, with the official press opening on Sunday, April 21. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, November 2, 2023. Additional casting and other news about Cabaret will be announced in the coming weeks.

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