Eddie Redmayne Is Reprising His London “Cabaret ”Role on Broadway: 'Thrilling and a Little Surreal'

Redmayne will reprise his West End role of the Emcee in 'Cabaret' on Broadway, opposite Gayle Rankin as Sally Bowles

<p>Gareth Cattermole/BAFTA/Getty</p> Eddie Redmayne at the 2023 BAFTAs

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Eddie Redmayne at the 2023 BAFTAs

Eddie Redmayne is returning to the Kit Kat Klub.

The Oscar and Tony winner, 41, is set to reprise his role of the Emcee in Cabaret — which he played from 2021 to 2022 in London during a West End revival of the popular musical — on Broadway, opposite Gayle Rankin as Sally Bowles.

The show will be directed by the West End production's director Rebecca Frecknall, and begin playing in previews at the August Wilson Theatre on April 1, with an official opening April 21. Cabaret features a book by Joe Masteroff, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb.

In a statement obtained by PEOPLE, Redmayne said his experience with the Emcee goes back more than two decades, when he played the role in a student production of Cabaret.

Noting that his "love for theater was properly ignited" due to that experience, the actor added, "It now feels completely thrilling and a little surreal to be a part of Rebecca's truly unique vision of Masteroff, Kander, and Ebb's brilliance as it arrives on Broadway, where the piece has such a history."

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Frecknall said in a statement that she is "so excited to be reuniting with Eddie as our devilishly seductive Emcee, the metaphorical soul of Berlin."

"And I cannot wait to dive into rehearsals with Gayle, a fearless actor of supreme talent, as she explores Cabaret's magnetic core, the breathtaking and heartbreaking Sally Bowles," she added.

Redmayne also gave props to Scottish actress Rankin, saying in his statement that he is "beyond excited to be doing it arm-in-arm" with her, as well as "a truly stunning cast and team."

"I am hoping we will create an experience for you quite unlike any other," he added.

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Cabaret first opened on Broadway in 1966 and the West End in 1968, and has enjoyed several revivals since — most recently in 2021 for London and 2014 in New York City.

The musical tells the story of Sally Bowles, an English cabaret performer who performs at the Kit Kat Club in Berlin between World Wars I and II, and explores related themes of the time period as well as life at the club.

Redmayne previously earned a Laurence Olivier award for his performance as the Emcee in the West End production, which took place at the West End's Playhouse Theatre in London.

And his upcoming Broadway turn is not his first, either. Back in 2010, he won a Tony for his portrayal of Ken in the play Red opposite Alfred Molina, after first playing the role in London. (Redmayne also nabbed an Olivier award for the role that same year.)

General tickets for Cabaret on Broadway begin Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. ET, with early access for American Express card members and more, at kitkat.club.

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