The footage from that Denver production is infinitely more imaginative and interesting than anything from the Seattle production, which I found to be a flat and uninspired take on the show.
The cast in Seattle was uniformly talented but also consistently bland. The idea of having Daisy Eagan in the show as Martha is a nice bit of creative symmetry, but much like in the concert at Lincoln Center, I found her unable to sing the role and under-served in the acting department. In the r
As others have said, Sher has been open that he wants to go through the audition process to find Eliza. Benanti may audition as part of that process (she wants the role so badly I imagine she'd be willing to,) but considering how established she is, the odds are against her. Everyone involved knows what she can do. They could have offered it to her outright and haven't.
I imagine this will be a lot like the process that went on for Sher's doomed FUNNY GIRL where all the
It's always been strange to me that the nominee event isn't on Thursday. I'm not surprised someone like Bette who's so meticulous in her preparation didn't want to spend hours talking before a two show day.
In addition to Amber Riley, Liisi LaFontaine (Deena,) Asmeret Ghebremichael (Lorrell,) Joe Aaron Reid (Curtis,) and Marisha Wallace (Effie alternate) are all Americans doing the show on the West End. I'd expect to see all of them in the production when it transfers here. Adam J. Bernard (Jimmy) has gotten rave reviews and won the Olivier alongside Amber so I wouldn't be surprised if he's brought over as well.
The key part of the exchange is that Michele said she feels ready to do the show now.
Ryan Murphy, on the other hand, was pretty dismissive the last time he was asked about it a couple years ago. "We had talked about it for sure. But then I feel like we did so many of those songs and so many of those scenes [on GLEE] that in a weird way, I feel like we did it in some way." He continued, "I don't know, never say never. We've talked about a lot of differen
All these things people are mentioning missing in this thread aren't things shows do for fun. They're done to generate press and stoke interest in order to sell tickets. This show doesn't need to sell tickets so they're not doing anything.
People are forgetting that this is the same exact strategy Rudin employed with THE BOOK OF MORMON. Everything was kept under lock and key to preserve the feeling of it being an "event" in the theater. That's what he'
A media outlet can't get access to the opening night party or the people in attendance at the show without the producer's permission. These things are coordinated through the press department. They don't just show up and get quotes from whoever is standing outside the theater.
I wouldn't believe anyone who says there's been an offer made to replace Bette already. There's no doubt that Scott Rudin will try and move heaven and earth to get her to extend before they start formally looking for her replacement.
Could there be names that have been bandied about internally by the production? Sure, and they're probably most of the women who are discussed here every time this comes up. But the process of looking into another actress to keep the sh
Yes, Latifah was Jerry Herman's first choice for a revival for years (he's said as much publicly.) She expressed hesitancy about eight shows a week, much like Bette did when she was approached in the past.
She's a series regular on a TV show for FOX so I'm not quite sure how available she is, but she would certainly be stellar in the role.