Oprah + Audra 'Night Mother?

mschwager
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joined:11/21/11
Oprah + Audra 'Night Mother?
Posted: 2/6/14 at 01:04pm
I would see this in a heartbeat. I think this is a great way to showcase these two amazing women.


Audra + Oprah in 'Night Mother
GlindatheGood22
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
Oprah + Audra 'Night Mother?
Posted: 2/6/14 at 01:37pm
Marvelous.
I leave the room smiling.
WiCkEDrOcKS
Broadway Legend
joined:6/13/04
Oprah + Audra 'Night Mother?
Posted: 2/6/14 at 01:42pm
YES YES YES!! Also exciting to hear that the West End production of THE COLOR PURPLE is still eyeing a Broadway bow!
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Mark-o
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joined:8/19/13
Oprah + Audra 'Night Mother?
Posted: 2/6/14 at 01:43pm
Ick. Oprah ruins everything.
muscle23ftl
Broadway Legend
joined:12/19/04
Oprah + Audra 'Night Mother?
Posted: 2/6/14 at 02:01pm
Noooo!!!
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bobs3
Broadway Legend
joined:4/8/12
Oprah + Audra 'Night Mother?
Posted: 2/6/14 at 02:02pm
I'll probably get some backlash for this but if the two actresses do this I hope that Marsha Norman updates the script with some Ebonics -- these are two lower middle class women (just a step above poverty) they shouldn't talk like Tulane graduates.
NYC4Life
Broadway Star
joined:1/23/06
Oprah + Audra 'Night Mother?
Posted: 2/6/14 at 02:26pm
"I hope that Marsha Norman updates the script with some Ebonics -- these are two lower middle class women (just a step above poverty) they shouldn't talk like Tulane graduates."

Not every lower middle class African American speak "ebonics". You have a very narrow uninformed and uneducated idea of a certain type of person. I have done volunteer work for decades and it is very enlightening to see that race doesn't dictate how people speak or feel about specific things. I don't blame you for having this mentality because the media, hollywood, and other forms of "entertainment" have warped how society believes people speak, behave and feel.

Updated On: 2/6/14 at 02:26 PM
NYC4Life
Broadway Star
joined:1/23/06
Oprah + Audra 'Night Mother?
Posted: 2/6/14 at 02:27pm
This is a great play for Oprah and Audra. WIth George C Wolfe behind it, this can be an extremely powerful night in the theatre.
best12bars
Broadway Legend
joined:6/29/05
Oprah + Audra 'Night Mother?
Posted: 2/6/14 at 02:29pm
That's one hell of an intense show. I hope Oprah can handle the eight shows a week.

But I'm sure this will sell out, and it's a good (but devastating) play.
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SonofRobbieJ
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joined:12/10/09
Oprah + Audra 'Night Mother?
Posted: 2/6/14 at 02:30pm
Question...has anyone ever won a Tony in all the categories possible? Meaning, say, Best Actress Play, Best Actress Musical, Best Supporting Actress Play, Best Supporting Actress musical? Cause I could see McDonald actually pulling it off.
TotallyEffed
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Oprah + Audra 'Night Mother?
Posted: 2/6/14 at 02:33pm
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givesmevoice
Broadway Legend
joined:12/2/07
Oprah + Audra 'Night Mother?
Posted: 2/6/14 at 02:35pm
Question...has anyone ever won a Tony in all the categories possible? Meaning, say, Best Actress Play, Best Actress Musical, Best Supporting Actress Play, Best Supporting Actress musical? Cause I could see McDonald actually pulling it off.

I think, other than Audra herself, Boyd Gaines is the closest to that feat; the only award he hasn't won is Leading Actor in a Play.

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Updated On: 2/6/14 at 02:35 PM
Taryn
Broadway Legend
joined:1/24/04
Oprah + Audra 'Night Mother?
Posted: 2/6/14 at 02:35pm
Oh, wow. What a devastating night of theatre. I remember falling in love with the play in high school. I think it'd be much harder for me to watch now that I've lost someone to suicide.
SidebySidebyLogan
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joined:9/25/13
Oprah + Audra 'Night Mother?
Posted: 2/6/14 at 03:45pm
I'm not sure how I feel about this. Anytime Oprah mentioned Broadway I always hoped she'd find a larger than life role. I've enjoyed some of her film work but I don't recall subtlety being one of her strengths. It's been years since I've read the play but I remember it sometimes requiring scenery chewing and other times requiring softer moments depending on Thelma's tactics in the moment. It will be interesting to see how Oprah's film experience and outsized public persona will be of use to her here.

A local theater company does readings once a month at a restaurant and they did this a few years back with an actual mother and daughter who are friends of mine. Most of the audience knew them so the atmosphere was so charged you could feel it walking into the bar. It's amazing what two people sitting on barstools with folders can accomplish.

I always really wanted to see Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson in this.
Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
Oprah + Audra 'Night Mother?
Posted: 2/6/14 at 05:36pm
Bad choice for both of them. 'Night Mother can be a tedious play even with the best actresses. Audra is too feminine for the daughter and Oprah is too sophisticated for the mother. Choose another title that plays to these women's strengths.
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bwayboy22
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joined:5/9/12
Oprah + Audra 'Night Mother?
Posted: 2/6/14 at 05:52pm
Lange and Paulson would be fantastic in this, but I'm really really really excited to see Oprah do something on the stage.
elphaba.scares.me
Leading Actor
joined:10/23/04
Oprah + Audra 'Night Mother?
Posted: 2/6/14 at 06:09pm
OMG i will buy tickets, die, be resurrected, see the show, die, be resurrected, and buy tickets again.

so yeah, i'm all for it.
Matt Rogers
Broadway Star
joined:10/4/04
Oprah + Audra 'Night Mother?
Posted: 2/6/14 at 06:26pm
I don't love the play, but this makes a lot of sense, artistically and financially. I imagine that available tickets would be few and far between and these actresses would knock it out if the park. But this play itself, ugggghhh.
Replacement Cast
Chorus Member
joined:6/13/13
Oprah + Audra 'Night Mother?
Posted: 2/7/14 at 08:36pm
This came up today on "CBS This Morning" and Gayle King (with a big smile) said, "I heard from a good source that it isn't going to happen." She also added, "If it ever did, I could get us tickets to the opening!"
choitoy
Broadway Star
joined:12/12/07
Oprah + Audra 'Night Mother?
Posted: 2/7/14 at 11:54pm
I guess this would be OK if it happened, but the mere thought of Sarah Paulson and Jessica Lange doing this together has me even more excited. I can see the both of them going to that emotional "ugly place" better than Oprah and Audra (though granted, Lange and Paulson have gone to that place multiple times already in AHS seasons 2 and 3).
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