She’s acted in a number of notable films in 2014 (think: Foxcatcher and American Sniper) and has eight more projects lined up, but Sienna Miller returned to the stage on Tuesday (Feb. 17) evening to make her hotly anticipated debut in Cabaret on Broadway – and her smile said it all.
The 33-year-old clearly impressed the crowd of theatre-goers and critics in the Sam Mendes-directed production, in which she took over the role of Sally Bowles from Emma Stone, as the audience offered rapturous applause at curtain call. Costar Alan Cumming – who has been part of the show since last April – presented the mother of one with a bouquet of flowers as the cast took their bows.
Despite her huge success on the night, Sienna had previously spoken of her fears at taking on the iconic role. “It’s a really saucy part and there are gorgeous costume and in one of the scenes I do this dance… in this sexy black cape,” she said during a recent interview on Good Morning America.
“But I had this dream that I did the first show and my boyfriend came backstage and said it was really underwhelming! He was like, ‘You’ve got to pick it up.’ Alan Cumming wouldn’t look me in the eye… and I woke up in a panic.”
She also spoke about having to put on a vocal performance. "I’ve never publicly sang or danced unless mildly intoxicated so this is going to be an interesting experiment," the star said.
Sienna will grace the stage for the remaining six weeks of the show’s run, which is scheduled to close on 29 March. It’s been a busy time for the mom-of-one, who also starred in two of the year’s most talked about films; American Sniper and Foxcatcher.
Coincidentally, her American Sniper co-star Bradley Cooper is also starring on Broadway. The Oscar-nominated actor is currently continuing his run in The Elephant Man, which will come to an end on Saturday so he can attend the Academy Awards the following evening.
Bradley, 40, has won rave reviews for his portrayal of John Merrick, and this summer will take to the stage in the West End when The Elephant Man opens in London for a 12-week stint, from 9 May until 8 August.