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WATCH: Cabaret Stars Pull Back Curtain on Characters' Sexuality

By Brandon Voss

Originally published on Advocate.com June 28 2014 8:00 AM ET

Actors in the Broadway revival of Cabaret discuss the show's complex sexual politics as part of Playbill.com's 30 Days of Pride.

Bill Heck plays Clifford Bradshaw, a sexually liberated American writer based on Christopher Isherwood, gay author of the Kander and Ebb musical's source material. Aaron Krohn plays Ernst Ludwig, a flirtatious Nazi. In a new Playbill.com video, each actor explores his character's ambiguous sexual identity. Don't tell mama, but they might be bisexual.

Alan Cumming embraces androgyny to reprise his Tony-winning performance as a seedy pre-war Berlin nightclub's flamboyantly omnisexual Emcee in Roundabout Theatre Company's revisited revival, which opened April 24 at Studio 54 and stars Oscar nominee Michelle Williams as boozy chanteuse Sally Bowles.

Cumming famously played the Emcee in the Tony-winning 1998 production, which ultimately ran for six years. Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall, both Tony-nominated for their work 15 years ago, have re-created their direction and choreography for the new revival.

Watch Heck and Krohn in the video below.

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