Interesting to note that (afaik) Audra McDonald played Julie in a concert version of the show opposite Hugh Jackman some years after she'd won the Tony for playing Carrie. Now Mueller is swapping that feat. I recently re-watched portions of the concert with O'Hara and Gunn, and I think Mueller was inspired as Carrie. I'll be very interested to see what she does with Julie.
What overture are they using by the way? The original published overture in the score is dire, and the OBC only has a truncated 'Dolly' theme as its prelude. The '94 recording uses a new one altogether. Did they arrange a new one for this revival, presumably?
I think given Sher and LCT's history with O'Hara, she would have been announced with the production announcement, so I think it's safe to assume it won't be Kelli. Judging by what she's been saying in recent interviews, it seems she's not content with simply churning out revival after revival. King & I was the culmination of that period for her and she capped it off with a perfect Tony win. I think the next musical she'll do will likely be an original one
Why is everyone choosing to ignore the whole Kelli-at-the-Met thing…? She is due to sing the role of Despina in Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte at the Met which opens on 15 March 2018, and finishes its run on 19 April. LCT's My Fair Lady reportedly previews from 22 March 2018 and officially opens on 19 April…
BroadwayBaby6 said: "My bet is still on Kelli O'Hara. Bartlett Sher loves her. LCT management love her. LCT subscribers (myself included) love her. Most importantly Brantley ***LOVES*** her.
There are actresses who may be funnier (Laura Benanti) or more authentic (Laura Michelle Kelly), but Kelli will sing the role to perfection AND have the audience eating out of her hand..And why take chances on another actress when you know your subsc
That would make sense, but I don't think London is craving another King and I… The UK has had several tours of the show in recent years plus that 2009 (?) Royal Albert Hall production with Maria Friedman.
Donna has been vocal in the past about her reservations toward Chris Renshaw's dramatic handling of the King and I material for the 1996 revival… She mentioned in an interview at one point that Renshaw assumed she wanted to play a 'dark' Anna because of her acclaimed work in Passion two years earlier and she had to compromise this interpretation during the entire run. So in terms of classical musical heroines, I don't think she's going to play Dolly with any ki
I really hope she takes the Tony on June 12th. I don't know what will happen, but I think she's the dark horse, and truly deserves it for a scene-stealing Katie Finneran-Laura Benanti-Andrea Martin-Judy Kaye kind of performance that the Tonys have honored recently… Who knows. If She Loves Me nabs the best revival category, Krakowski could go along for the ride. (I do think Purple is winning, though.)
Any rush stories? Mar 22
2015, 02:43:44 PM Tons of constant, irrelevant references to Cambodia and France that Sher added in to make the production seem more accurate or historical obviously. Ugh! And just millions of other little extra lines that I have never heard before in various scenes. Very strange!
Overall, Sher cannot recreate the magic of South Pacific with this King & I. His subtle/minimalist approach to this production while beautiful is simply not effective IMO. There's a reason people go for opulence and over the top with this show, and I think it's a better fit rather than going very 'historical' as Sher does…
Kelli is blissful as Anna, and she gets the most juice out of every line she has. Her Shall I Tell You…? is a showstopper, and her relationship
The king and I previews thread Mar 13
2015, 06:25:53 AM Can anyone who was there tell us how different this production is from the 96 revival... I'm curious to know how Sher approaches it, is it stylistically like his South Pacific in terms of that cinematic fluidity and simplicity? Can anyone go into detail about the set? Are there different compartments, are cloths used, etc?
The King and I Revival Mar 7
2015, 09:25:54 AM What an interesting document and interview with Sher… It appears we're going to get a fine, clear-cut, simple, traditional but effective King & I… The sketches and design discussions brings to mind, for me anyway, the 1999 Jodie Foster movie Anna and the King… The design sounds fascinating and I can't wait to see photos of the show eventually.
I wonder how Sher approaches the scene changes, the 'front cloth' scenes, that type of traditional staging stuff? I also wonder how he will appr
The King and I Revival Feb 21
2015, 01:10:53 PM How do you guys think this Lincoln Center revival is going to differ from Christopher Renshaw's 1996 revival? I mean, he re-envisioned and restructured and reimagined this show so hugely that it was quite dark, gritty and had that realistic feel like Trevor Nunn's Oklahoma!… Do you think Sher's production will be more traditional, and more faithful to the original show… I'm just dying to see how it all looks.
Best Actress in a Musical 2015 Oct 11
2014, 03:49:09 PM I don't care how early in the season it is, or how many or few performances we've seen, I wanna know can Kelli O'Hara ride this overdue wave to a victory next June? Who is her biggest competition: Kristin Chenoweth, Laura Michelle Kelly (is Neverland transferring?), whoever plays Mona in Whorehouse... Anyone else?
Kelli O'Hara WILL win Best Actress in 2015!!!! Jun 9
2014, 09:29:30 AM As much as I'd love Kelli to win for King & I, I don't really see it happening... Anna is a great role, but Gertrude Lawrence won the Tony because of who she was and because it was a new show, and she was the star; Donna Murphy won by default 'cause Julie Andrews declined her nomination... Leading me to believe that it is not a strong enough role to win a best actress Tony (in MY opinion). Kristin may be unbeatable in On the Twentieth Century, or indeed, someone fresh and new may come along a la
Official 2013 - 2014 Tony Awards Thread Jun 8
2014, 09:22:57 PM I'm also bitter that Iglehart won a Featured Actor Tony for a leading performance, when poor Bertie Carvel still has no Tony cos he was put in Lead for what was also a Featured performance