Anne Hathaway will show off her singing chops next month when she performs at Joe’s Pub in New York City. The Oscar nominated actress will perform songs from the hit World War II-era musical “Cabaret” during a one-night-only event titled, “Perfectly Marvelous: The Songs of Cabaret With Anne Hathaway and Friends.” Broadway.com notes that the performance will be directed by Tony Award winner Ted Sperling.
According to the site, the performance will help benefit Manhattan’s Public Theater and will act as a celebration for its “revitalized” Astor Place location. The actress, who recently stared as Catwoman in “The Dark Knight Rises,” appeared in the Theater’s production of “Twelfth Night” in 2009.
“I am delighted to reunite with The Public for this special night to celebrate the theater’s rededication, and support its mission to spread great theater to all the people of New York (tourists are welcome too),” said Hathaway in a press release.
Tickets for the Oct. 24 event can be purchased from the Public Theater’s website starting Oct. 2 and range from $100 to $300.
Hathaway’s upcoming concert serves as a precursor for her role in Tom Hopper’s highly anticipated “Les Misérables.” The actress will portray Fantine, a struggling young mother forced to sell her hair and work as a prostitute in order to care for her daughter.
The trailer for the film, which has sparked awards season chatter, features Hathaway singing “I Dreamed A Dream,” one of the most beloved songs from the film’s score.
Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham Carter, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Eddie Redmayne also star in the film.
In an interview with MTV, Redmayne said he was taken with Hathaway’s rendition of the heartbreaking ballad.
"When I saw the trailer with Anne singing with this extraordinary fragility, that song I thought I knew pretty well... suddenly, I listened to the lyrics for the first time, afresh,” said Rednayne.
Hooper, who was awarded Best Director at the 2011 Oscars for “The King’s Speech, couldn’t agree more.
He told USA Today, "[Hathaway’s] 'I Dreamed a Dream' is just jaw-dropping. It is so raw and heartfelt.”
As People magazine reports, Hathaway was heavily involved in musical theater from an early age. The 29-year-old is a trained vocalist who performed in the All-Eastern United States High School Honors Chorus at New York City's Carnegie Hall as a teen. According to TV Guide, in 2002 Hathaway was honored with the Clarence Derwent Award for her work in the concert rendition of “Carnival.”
In 2003, Playbill reported that the actress was a top contender for the role of Christine in Joel Schumacher “Phantom of the Opera.” Emmy Rossum was later cast as the ravishing opera singer after Hathaway’s “Princess Diaries 2” schedule prevented her from starring in the film.
Hathaway showed off her vocal talents at the 2010 Oscars when she sang a duet with host Hugh Jackman. She also sang at the ceremony in 2011 while co-hosting the awards with James Franco.
The star’s experience with live theater came in handy on the set of “Les Misérables,” which called for actors to perform each of their songs live rather than lip-synch to a pre-recorded track. During musical numbers, the stars of the film wore earpieces that played music being performed offstage.
Hathaway is clearly in her element belting out a tune, but don’t expect her avoid non-musical projects. Last week, the Hollywood Reporter announced that the actress is in talks to star in Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi thriller “Robopocalypse.”
“Les Misérables” is set to hit theaters on Christmas Day 2012.