Eddie Redmayne Shares His Children's Fascination with Cabaret at Tony Awards Event

Eddie Redmayne's children, Luke and Iris, are fascinated by the music from his Broadway show Cabaret, but don't fully understand the lyrics. Redmayne hopes to take them to see his opening number, "Willkommen," at the August Wilson Theatre in New York City.

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Eddie Redmayne Shares His Children's Fascination with Cabaret at Tony Awards Event

Eddie Redmayne Shares His Children's Fascination with Cabaret at Tony Awards Event

Eddie Redmayne, the 42-year-old Oscar-winning actor, expressed his delight at his children's interest in his Broadway show Cabaret during the 2024 Tony Awards Meet the Nominees event. Redmayne, who is nominated for his second Tony Award for his leading role as the Emcee in the acclaimed revival, shared that his kids, Luke, 6, and Iris, 8, are captivated by the show's music but don't quite grasp the lyrics.

"My children love the theater... And they love the music to Cabaret, because the songs are so memorable and playful, they sort of sit in your head so quickly," Redmayne said. However, he acknowledged that "sometimes the lyrics are kind of more questionable... My daughter is sort of going around singing that song, 'Don't Tell Mama.' And all the lyrics are kind of horrendously inappropriate."

Redmayne's wife, Hannah Bagshawe, 41, is not thrilled about their children singing "Don't Tell Mama." "My wife, Hannah, is like, really? 'Don't Tell Mama' is one of the key songs? Come on. How about 'Don't Tell Papa?'" Redmayne joked.

Although Redmayne's children have not yet seen the show, he hopes to sneak them into the August Wilson Theatre in New York City to watch his opening number, "Willkommen." The actor, who first played the role of the Emcee in the 2021 West End revival of Cabaret, which transferred to Broadway this season, is excited about the possibility of sharing this experience with his kids.

Cabaret, officially called Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club and directed by Rebecca Frecknall, is up for five Tony Awards this year, including best revival of a musical. Redmayne, who received the 2010 Tony Award for his Broadway debut in Red, is once again in the running for the prestigious award.

The 77th Annual Tony Awards will take place on Sunday, June 16, at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater in New York City. As the event approaches, Redmayne's heartwarming story about his children's fascination with Cabaret adds a touch of family charm to the excitement surrounding the acclaimed revival and its talented cast.

Key Takeaways

  • Eddie Redmayne's kids, Luke and Iris, love the music from his Broadway show Cabaret.
  • They don't fully understand the lyrics, which can be "horrendously inappropriate".
  • Redmayne hopes to sneak them into a show to watch his opening number, "Willkommen".
  • Cabaret is nominated for 5 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.
  • Redmayne is nominated for his second Tony Award for his leading role as the Emcee.