"I might possibly return to close Cabaret," Richardson hinted backstage at Sunday's Tony Awards, adding that nothing had been finalized and no closing date set. A spokesperson for the show had no comment regarding Richardson's possible comeback, but pointed out that Shields — who made her Broadway debut as Rizzo in Grease — is committed until "at least Sept. 30."
In the meantime, Gershon is slated to take her final bow on June 17 — a day she admits she's dreading. "I'm in denial," sighs the actress, best known for her roles in Showgirls and Bound. "Every time I'm supposed to finish the show, I keep extending. They keep wanting me to stay."
Still, Gershon is looking forward to taking a three-week post-Cabaret powder, after which she'll jet off to France to play "a high-powered Internet executive" in an as-yet-untitled film. However, should Shields need some emergency advice and/or reassurance from her predecessor, she'll just be a hefty toll call away.
"She came to see the show a couple of weeks ago," Gershon says of the Suddenly Susan star. "I know Brooke; I encouraged her to do it. How can you turn down that role? I told her if she wanted to call and talk [about it], she can, but she hasn't yet."