(Patrick Healy’s article appeared in The New York Times, 10/23; via Pam Green.)
When Emily Jean Stone was 9 years old — long before she became Hollywood royalty as Emma Stone — she and her mother went to see the 1998 Broadway revival of “Cabaret” during one of their regular theater jaunts from Arizona. The show’s dark portrait of pre-World War II Berlin didn’t faze Ms. Stone; her father had raised her on repeated viewings of the prison film “The Shawshank Redemption,” after all. But the singing changed the way she imagined her future as a performer.
“Listening to Natasha Richardson, I realized you could be an actor in a musical and not have the perfect voice I’d heard on cast recordings,” Ms. Stone recalled of the production’s star.