Emma Stone Should Take Andrew Garfield's Advice on Her Broadway Debut in 'Cabaret'
The negotiations are finally over and Emma Stone is about to make her Broadway debut. Stone was in talks to play Sally Bowles in the Roundabut Theatre Company revival of Cabaret and I was correct in thinking that Emma Stone belongs on Broadway. Now it's official and Stone will be joining Cabaret's cast in early November, replacing Michelle Williams in the role of Sally Bowles on November 11. Her last show will take place on February 1, 2015, which means you should probably start lining up to buy a ticket to be in the same room as Emma Stone from now. However, this is Stone's first time appearing on Broadway and she might need a little coaching. Luckily, she's dating stage veteran Andrew Garfield.
Garfield and Stone met in 2010 and since some point after that they've been dating or not dating or whatever level the relationship they refuse to talk about is on right now. Garfield started his acting career on the stage, appearing in a youth theatre production of Bugsy Malone. At this current point in his career, he's a Tony-nominated actor whose stage credits aren't as outnumbered by his film credits as you might think. Stone, on the other hand, got her start in television before transitioning into movies and hasn't been on stage since she was in school.
There's no doubt that Stone is going to knock this one out of the park, but there are a few tips that she could learn from Garfield's extensive theater work.
Keep the audience guessing.
In April 2014, Garfield appeared in The Drowning Man in a one-night cameo role that must have scared the hell out of everyone in the audience who wasn't expecting Spider-Man to suddenly pop up on stage. At that point, Garfield was in town doing a promotional tour for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and hadn't been seen on stage since his 2012 performance in Death of a Salesman, so Stone should never be afraid to pop out of nowhere and give her audience a heart attack.
Do what you believe in.
One of Garfield's many stage roles was in the classic and iconic play, The Laramire Project, which was based on the murder of a gay college student named Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998. The play is an important piece used to educate about the dangers of homophobia and the importance of tolerance, so it's no surprise that it was one of Garfield's early roles. Stone doesn't need much encouragement to hold up her own values — Stone did call Garfield out on a sexist comment in public, after all — but it's always an important thing to keep in mind.
Don't focus on the awards.
Garfield may be a Tony-nominated actor, but that nomination came from his 2012 appearance in Death of a Salesman and that is the only stage show for which Garfield was nominated for any awards at all. It's clear from the number of times that Garfield has appeared on stage that he does it for the love of the art and not because he's aiming for that Tony, so Stone shouldn't have an eye on award season either.
Appreciate your fans.
Stone and Garfield spend a lot of time doing charity work, especially if there are children involved, and most Broadway stars are nice enough to come outside after the show to sign autographs and playbills for fans who wait around behind the theater. It would be a good idea for Stone to make time at least once a day to do this for the fans that come out to see her — and I'm not just saying that because I'll be one of them. Okay, maybe I am.
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