It's Time For Ellen Greene To Come Back To Broadway

Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
It's been 21 years since she's been on Broadway and 32 years since she's been in a musical on Broadway. And I, for one, think that's totally unacceptable.
Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
Seconded. I adore her, and her Audrey is hands-down one of the single greatest musical performances.
AnthonyB
Swing
joined:3/7/14
She was performing in London (off West End) a few years back in a musical called Betwixt! that (if truth be known) despite having potential, wasn't very good. in fact, she was the only reason that i went and saw it.
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
Here she is a year and a half ago singing. And she sounds pretty much exactly like she did 30 years ago.
Somewhere That's Green
newintown
Broadway Legend
joined:3/3/10
Why stop with La Greene? How about

Janie Sell
Barbara Harris
Carol Channing
Barbra Streisand
Elliott Gould
Lesley Ann Warren
Shirley MacLaine
Robert Redford
Stephanie Mills
Lola Falana
Barry Bostwick

But maybe none of them want to work that hard, at their age and all...
themysteriousgrowl
Broadway Legend
joined:11/10/10

Can we give a name to that consonant she sings in place of the "r" in "green"?
CHURCH DOOR TOUCAN GAY MARKETING PUPPIES MUSICAL THEATER STAPLES PERIOD CUM OIL
FindingNamo
Broadway Legend
joined:7/22/03
There was a quick little reference to "Suddenly Seymour" on "Suburgatory" last night that put me in mind of Ellen Greene.
'Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.' -- RW Emerson
Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
Thank god for the Pushing Daisies soundtrack, which gave us her version of "Morning has Broken" and her duet with Chenoweth on "Birdhouse in Your Soul."
tazber
Broadway Legend
joined:5/10/05
She's also fantastic on the Weird Romance cast recording.

Stop and See Me and Someone Else is Waiting are just stunning.
....but the world goes 'round
theaternut
Broadway Legend
joined:8/4/03
Well, I saw her in Guys and Dolls at the Hollywood Bowl and in her cabaret act at Key West...... Neither was particularly memorable. Maybe there is a reason she doesn't get hired? Or maybe she doesn't want to do it?
Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
I think Ellen Greene is great and she needs more work like Pushing Daisies. I think it's tough to find where she would fit into a Broadway show. There aren't that many roles for aging innocents with a gospel belt. I'm struggling trying to think of a role that she could play.
If anyone ever tells you that you put too much Parmesan cheese on your pasta, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
Someone in a Tree2
Broadway Star
joined:10/9/12
I also cherish her Audrey in Little Shop. That performance is as iconic as they come. Sadly, her Adelaide was one of the least good things about the Hollywood Bowl Guys and Dolls. Sounds like perfect casting, right? But there should be a real person underneath Adelaide's comedy that Ellen Greene wasn't able to find. Maybe it was the short rehearsal time, maybe it was seeing the '92 revival with Faith Prince (another iconic performance) that makes it hard for anyone else to replace in our eyes.

Still, Ellen Greene will always have Audrey as her own.
Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
Ellen is an anomaly. If you're measuring by Laban standards, Ellen is a total "Float". Yet she has that gospel belt. She's like Megan Hilty was trying to play Marilyn. I think if Wicked had been around years ago, Ellen could have been a great Glinda.

By Laban standards Adelaide needs to be a "dab" "flick" or a "wring". "Float" just doesn't work for Adelaide.
If anyone ever tells you that you put too much Parmesan cheese on your pasta, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
She'd be a perfect Mrs. Tottendale in Drowsy, though the role wouldn't utilize her vocals at all.
newintown
Broadway Legend
joined:3/3/10
Can she still sing like she did 30 years ago? Depending on the source you trust, she's at least 63 or 64 (officially). Not many women hold on to their power belt that long.
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
Click that link I posted above and listen to her sing from 1 1/2 years ago.
Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
I doubt she can reach the vocal heights of her "Suddenly, Seymour"- and I assuming that's why the music she's been singing has less vocally challenging.
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
But her voice still sounds phenomenal.
Patash
Broadway Legend
joined:5/27/08
Trying to sort out the original post. Wasn't her last Broadway musical appearance Threepenny Opera -- which was 37 years ago -- not 32 years ago?
newintown
Broadway Legend
joined:3/3/10
I'll grant that she's always... utterly fascinating, but don't you have to admit that she's having a really, really hard time with the high notes in that link? I'd fear that eight shows a week might do her harm.
Phyllis Rogers Stone
Broadway Legend
joined:9/16/07
Perhaps it's her reputation for being difficult that keeps her from work? I remember this story about the making of this HBO movie she was in in the 80s and it didn't paint a flattering picture of her. I think she's a marvelous performer, though.
bwaydude22089
Swing
joined:5/10/13
A few years ago, I thought she would have been an excellent replacement for Katie Finneran's character in Promises, Promises. They went ahead with Molly Shannon, who was definitely enjoyable, but I still think Ellen would have been a better choice. It's a perfect role for her. That voice! The comedy, the song... Everything about it.
JRybka
Broadway Legend
joined:11/6/06
She could easily go into Pippin. Or even Miss Morrible in Wicked.
"Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge - they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around."
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
PIPPIN is actually a really fantastic suggestion.
darquegk
Broadway Legend
joined:2/5/09
She played a small but serious role in Heroes too, during the same storyline as Jayma Mays, who other than not being a singer reminds me a lot of Ellen Greene.
CurtainPullDowner
Broadway Legend
joined:11/4/04
She was being seriously considered for Paulette in LEGALLY BLONDE, then they went a different way. She did have a reputation for being a "handfull". And 8 perfs a week might be too much for her to handle these days. Her voice has suffered over the years due to "emotional" singing. Even in her "heyday" her voice would come and go. But, she is a very unique, special talent.

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