Nancy Opel as DOLLY!

CurtainPullDowner
Broadway Legend
joined:11/4/04
Nancy Opel as DOLLY!
Posted: 10/17/12 at 02:29pm
Ford's Theatre, Washibgton DC.

Discuss.
(I'm excited!)
madbrian
Broadway Legend
joined:6/1/06
Nancy Opel as DOLLY!
Posted: 10/17/12 at 02:34pm
I'm a fan, but I'd love to see Dolly cast younger.
"It does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are 20 gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket, nor breaks my leg." -- Thomas Jefferson
somethingwicked
Broadway Legend
joined:5/27/05
Nancy Opel as DOLLY!
Posted: 10/17/12 at 02:40pm
Opel's played the role before, around five years ago at the Sacramento Music Circus.

While her comedic prowess can't be denied, I'm sad to say I'm not a huge fan. I find her voice so deafeningly shrill and grating that I've never enjoyed a single performance of hers outside of URINETOWN and THE TOXIC AVENGER, where she played almost the exact same kind of cartoonish villains.

I think, above all, Dolly has to be warm and enigmatic, and that's far from what I get from Opel, whose comedy is often so dark.
Tonya Pinkins: Then we had a "Lot's Wife" last June that was my personal favorite. I'm still trying to get them to let me sing it at some performance where we get to sing an excerpt that's gone.
Tony Kushner: You can sing it at my funeral.
Updated On: 10/17/12 at 02:40 PM
madbrian
Broadway Legend
joined:6/1/06
Nancy Opel as DOLLY!
Posted: 10/17/12 at 02:43pm
I saw her on tour as The Drowsy Chaperone and she was terrific, but I have to agree with somethingwicked's comment about her seeming to be ill suited for the role.
"It does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are 20 gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket, nor breaks my leg." -- Thomas Jefferson
Wilmingtom
Broadway Legend
joined:7/18/11
Nancy Opel as DOLLY!
Posted: 10/17/12 at 02:46pm
Eric Schaeffer is directing and he likes working with Nancy. She'll be fine but not special imho.
somethingwicked
Broadway Legend
joined:5/27/05
Nancy Opel as DOLLY!
Posted: 10/17/12 at 02:49pm
When have Schaeffer and Opel ever worked together before, Wilmingtom? I wasn't aware they had.
Tonya Pinkins: Then we had a "Lot's Wife" last June that was my personal favorite. I'm still trying to get them to let me sing it at some performance where we get to sing an excerpt that's gone.
Tony Kushner: You can sing it at my funeral.
Updated On: 10/17/12 at 02:49 PM
Wilmingtom
Broadway Legend
joined:7/18/11
Nancy Opel as DOLLY!
Posted: 10/17/12 at 02:57pm
^ I seem to remember that she did something at the Signature a few years back but can't recall what it was. I could be completely wrong. Her name came up in a conversation and the person mentioned that Eric was a fan so maybe I just presumed they'd worked together.
somethingwicked
Broadway Legend
joined:5/27/05
Nancy Opel as DOLLY!
Posted: 10/17/12 at 03:02pm
Schaeffer just must like her work, because she's never done anything at Signature.
Tonya Pinkins: Then we had a "Lot's Wife" last June that was my personal favorite. I'm still trying to get them to let me sing it at some performance where we get to sing an excerpt that's gone.
Tony Kushner: You can sing it at my funeral.
Wilmingtom
Broadway Legend
joined:7/18/11
Nancy Opel as DOLLY!
Posted: 10/17/12 at 03:14pm
Thx for setting me straight.
CurtainPullDowner
Broadway Legend
joined:11/4/04
Nancy Opel as DOLLY!
Posted: 10/17/12 at 06:02pm
Warmth is not something that comes to mind when I think Dolly.
Likable? Yes, very much, but Warmth?
Naw.


How old do you like your DOLLY?