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5 minutes with a Tony nominee: ‘Cabaret’’s Steven Skybell

The first-time Tony Award nominee shares insights into his “Cabaret” character, the advice he got from Joel Grey and the experience of acting opposite Bebe Neuwirth.

Steven Skybell attends the 77th Annual Tony Awards Meet The Nominees Press Event at Sofitel New York on May 02, 2024 in New York City(Credit: Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

Steven Skybell made his Broadway debut in the 1988 revival of “Ah, Wilderness!” Since then, he has appeared in Main Stem productions of “Cafe Crown,” “Love! Valour! Compassion!,” “The Full Monty,” “Wicked,” “Pal Joey” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” 

But his name rose to prominence with his Off-Broadway performance as Tevye in “Fidler Afn Dakh” — better known as “Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish” — which earned him a Lucille Lortel Award, a Drama League nod for distinguished performance, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations. Now, he steps into the role of Herr Schultz in the Broadway revival of “Cabaret.”

Before taking on the part, Skybell had actually never seen a stage production of the musical. Here, the actor discusses his interpretation of the pivotal character, advice he received from the original “Cabaret” Emcee, Joel Grey, and what it’s like to play opposite theater icon Bebe Neuwirth.

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