Dolly Parton has a special relationship to the show. Her first ever trip outside of Tennessee was a class trip in high school to NYC. When the bus pulled into Manhattan and they saw billboards saying "Hello, Dolly!" she made jokes like "How'd they know I was comin?" I'd kill to see her play the role.
However, the name I heard attached to replace Bette was Reba.
Valentina3 said: "I agree that they should have another show instead of Bye Bye Birdie, and cast Dove Cameron in it. I'd watch it. Btw - it is not clear in the announcement that they have postponed it all the way to 2018 holiday season (so, by a full year). That seems to be the conjecture of the person who wrote the Variety article. It's very much possible that we get a summer musical in 2018."
Keep Jerry as director and have Dove do Legally Blonde: the
Hamilfan2 said: "Would not be surprised if they got Sutton for the Jane Krakowski role. As for Jeter, I think both suggestions made so far (Chris Fitzgerald and Rob McClure) would be perfect. A younger Joel Grey would also kill it, but he's too old now to pull off a role like that."
Jane is only 6 years older than Sutton so I'd imagine they'd go with someone younger.
I assume this is because making Nick a different race in a play with a specific setting during a specific time period adds some levels and themes to the play the author may not want. I think making Martha seducing a young black man and Nick and Honey being a mixed race couple could be a really interesting thing that could add to the tensions mounting in the play, but clearly Albee disagreed.
Even if "people" think Donna is better it will not touch the people actually buying tickets to see this show. If anything, buzz that Donna is "better" will help sell the Tuesday night tickets since Bette's are already sold out far in advance. Bette is still the event to see. Now, will it cause any Sunset Blvd level "producers post the great reviews of the alternate and piss off the star" type feelings? Maybe.
Rosencrantz might purely depend on Radcliff's schedule and desire to keep doing it. Also, I don't think Cripple of Inishmaan was a financial hit so his name alone in a straight play might not carry that much weight now.
I have seen Carolee's and enjoyed her very much, but Staunton's haunts me. Emma Thompson also remains in my favorite Lovetts purely for finding line readings I'd never heard before and taking a completely different approach.
Kelli is doing an opera at the MET next Spring so Kiss Me Kate will have to wait, if it's happening at all.
I saw Gypsy in the theatre. She was angry and lack-luster and almost seemed like she was just doing a speed through rushing through all the scenes. Her Lovett, though remains a marvel I had to see two days in a row.
That production of Gypsy was so lack-luster. I love Imelda as an actress but she only played the role as angry start to finish. It didn't help her Herbie and Louise really paled in comparison to Boyd Gains and Laura Benanti. I saw it in London and thought I was crazy for not enjoying it at all but most NY theatre types I know who saw the screening didn't care for it either. I don't see it doing that well here.
I agree it sounds like Benanti or her team have already made calls and have been told it probably won't happen. Maybe they're still in the "seeking a movie star" stage of casting that almost every show goes through and until Anna Kendrick, Anne Hathaway, Carey Mulligan, etc etc have all said no then they'll start talking to broadway names. Or maybe they want a complete or relatively unknown.
Andrews had starred in the Boyfriend on broadway to great success. Sh
When the Applegate Sweet Charity was going to close, producers wooed her very successfully. They were going to close the show for January then reopen at the Foxwoods/Hilton/Lyric (whatever it was that year). New costumes were in production and an ensemble member was bought out of his contract so Kevin Federline could have a track. Then right before the announcement she backed out.
I imagine she wants to rest her body and voice for the Wicked labs. I don't know if they've added stuff but that's a tough song to sing and rehearse for weeks and she has a lot of people to impress if she wants to keep on with the show.