It also seems very un-PC to actually say, when referring to non-traditonal casting, that the POC actor is playing WHITE. They have not changed a character that, given said character's time, opportunities, and relationships, would be anything other than white (Audra's Lizzie in "110 in the Shade" comes to mind). But that rarely comes up when people defend color-blind casting. But it's all pretend, so why not say it?
The biggest problem with Lion King is that it never gets better than that opening number (which mad me cry uncontrollably for reasons I'm still not sure. But there is a beauty to what is happening around you mixed with the beauty of that song).
What makes Mame such a wonderful character (and difficult) is that she is this mixture of privileged pretension and extreme heart. Roz is perfection in the film, and I'm sure Lansbury was in the musical. But to find that combination I have to go with Jane Krakowski. She has demonstrated again and again that she has the right delivery and persona to make a wonderful Mame. And though perfect, her casting would also seem "out of the box".
songanddanceman2 said: "Sorry but if he thought it got weaker them he shouldn't be a critic"
Songanddnaceman2 is a liar. Not that he knows he's lying, He's a fabulist. But he doesn't know he's a fabulist. His delusions appear in the form that he completely believes his world view and his alone is reality.
icecreambenjamin, the Theatre Du Chatelet "Night Music" was one of the best, if not THE best productions of the show I'd ever seen. The director (who was not as successful with "Sunday" a couple years ago) had some marvelous ideas. Breathtaking at times, well sung (except for Leslie Caron, who was excellent star casting, but not terrible persuasive in the role of Madame Armfeldt).
They are filming the first installment of the Stephen King masterwork as we speak and we have to find out if it's a hit before they make the second film (which introduces Eddie and Susannah). But she would be SO perfectly cast, I think it's time to start a hashtag campaign to see that this happens!!
Along with Edward Norton the Signature revival had Catherine Keener as Anna and the supporting men were then unknowns Ty Burrell and Dallas Roberts.
Malkovitch was amazing but I've never been a big fan of Joan Allen onstage. A somewhat passive actress in a very passive role. But I loved Keener and Norton put such a unique personal spin on Pale it was almost like a new show. A show I preferred.
I'm surprised no one is reacting to the fact that Kevin McKidd is playing Ed Earl Dodd. Ed Earl in the play is not Burt Reynolds. He's a much older man and Ms Mona has been "seeing" him off and on since she herself was a teenage hooker. She's in love with him and the play builds to a gorgeous scene where she asks him where he was when Kennedy was shot. She knows, she was with him. But Ed Earl has an old man's memory, he remembers something completely diff
It had the audacity of a playwright a quarter his age. It's themes of "we can't control our sexual urges, why should we be punished for who or what arouses us" don't completely land, but it was still thought provoking and surprising. I saw this on Broadway and then again in London with a pre-star Eddie Redmayne as the son and Jonathan Pryce, improving on Bill Pullman (it could have only been Pryce not being forced to go head to head with the blistering Mercedes Rheul giv