Hollywood Reporter TONYS Actress Roundtable

Musicaldudepeter
Broadway Star
joined:3/18/10
Hollywood Reporter's first Tony roundtable... about time too. Was pretty bland though tbh.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/video-tonys-actress-roundtable-6-708155?mobile_redirect=false
WickedGinger
Stand-by
joined:3/12/14
Loved itů. Totally got the feeling that Kelli and Jessie didn't like Idina...
StickIt
Featured Actor
joined:8/29/08
How ridiculous. A 45 minute discussion from some of our top working actors in theatre and all you can do is invent a fictitious slight? Idina says in the video that Jessie had recently come to see her show and was happy about it. Kelli and Idina made jokes about breast pumps with each other. People can have different opinions in discussion without it being personal.

Anyway, I really loved the discussion. Tyne especially made some really wonderful points and had fascinating stories, I love that she doesn't think of herself as a "TV actor" or a "theatre actor", I've always felt like it was so silly that we make such a distinction and get so riled up about "movie people" invading Broadway. If they wish to do theatre, which is by no means easy as these ladies discussed, then good for them. If they have the talent and discipline for theatre, who are we to be snobby? Also, not gonna lie, really enjoyed the end where all the ladies talked about their various audience pet peeves. Sutton's "smile" story made me laugh really hard.
Musicaldudepeter
Broadway Star
joined:3/18/10
I just thought the whole thing was a bit 'meh'... Kelli particularly seemed quite out of place. I don't know what it is...
CoreyRyan3
Stand-by
joined:5/2/13
It says at the bottom that they're posting the "Actors Roundtable" later today. I'd love to see that one as I loved this one.
promisespromises2
Broadway Star
joined:5/23/13
I didn't like the questions much, but it was great seeing the women together. I think Kelli seemed a little out of place too. She was the only one not wearing all black. Maybe she's a bit melancholic that the show is done (which I totally still am too), her face was a bit washed out as well? Sutton's facial expressions get me every time. Loved Tyne's stories. I just love seeing actors in this setting. It reminds everyone that they can get nervous about talking and they don't always have their sentences put together/able to say what they mean.

Loved the audience pet peeves story as well, Stickit! I could listen to hours of audience mishaps told from the stage.
BroadwayGirl107
Broadway Legend
joined:8/26/03
I love this...maybe mostly for the novelty of having all these women in a room together. Wish Audra had been included.
"This country, this experiment, America, this hubris: what a lament if no one saw it go. Here today, gone tomorrow. Dissipation is actually much worse than cataclysm."--August: Osage County
veronicamae
Featured Actor
joined:7/13/09
Loved it - selfishly wished Idina would have spoken up more. She's a wallflower. And I'm glad during the "entrance applause" discussion, she said she likes it because she worked hard and earned it, considering her entrance in IF/THEN is pretty much designed purely for applause.

But it was fascinating getting to listen to them discuss "war stories," however short and edited they were. Especially the audience pet peeves. They'd fit right into the bad theater behavior thread here. lol

Updated On: 5/30/14 at 08:10 PM
Steve721
Stand-by
joined:2/21/14
I loved Tyne's story about how they dealt with the entrance applause in "Master Class"--she waits until it's completely over and then says, "No applause", LOL. And how Sutton lights up when she remembers the "smile" story--very funny.
Someone in a Tree2
Broadway Star
joined:10/9/12
"Totally got the feeling that Kelli and Jessie didn't like Idina..."

Well, it was clear that Jessie and Kelli seemed to be great friends with each other (not that they had any animosity to anyone else). It did feel that Idina was on a slightly different path than the others. The pain that idina had gone through in the last few years to get to appear back on Broadway in this role seemed to set her apart. Her answer regarding entrance applause was illuminating (she's worked really hard to get there and genuinely appreciates the audience showing Idina Menzel their love).

Despite the lame questions, I really loved seeing behind the curtain with each of these very special, very articulate women. It makes me wish I could see all the performances by those ladies I'd missed.
TFMH18
Stand-by
joined:1/10/13
"It did feel that Idina was on a slightly different path than the others. The pain that idina had gone through in the last few years to get to appear back on Broadway in this role seemed to set her apart."

Someone in a Tree, curious what you mean by that. Do you mean her personal matters or just the arduous process of getting the show to come to fruition? She does seem a little...I don't know, sad? Wistful?
BroadwayGirl107
Broadway Legend
joined:8/26/03
...I think Idina's just very shy.


"This country, this experiment, America, this hubris: what a lament if no one saw it go. Here today, gone tomorrow. Dissipation is actually much worse than cataclysm."--August: Osage County
Depaultheatrekid
Stand-by
joined:1/6/05
First and foremost Scott Feinberg seemed to be quite nervous in the company of these extraordinary women, and his questions were very basic and not interesting at all. However, once the ladies began to talk the conversation evolved in a much better way. I don't at all see how anyone could think Jessie and Kelli didn't/doesn't like Idina. That observation/assumption is completely off base and reaching at best. They have a closer relationship obviously (Kelli has said that if she didn't want to win, she would be rooting for Jessie herself because she is the real deal) than with Idina. Kelli didn't seem out of place at all, she is the only one whose show has already closed and that may be why some of her answers came off the way they did. Idina was just getting back into her show after missing a few performances and you can tell when she speaks its a much softer voice for that reason, that's all. You guys find the negative in anything, there was NOTHING negative about that interview other than Scott's lack of overall Broadway knowledge and lackluster questions.
ShakinBaconGirl
Broadway Star
joined:3/25/14
It was strange....every time Idina spoke it looked like she was on the verge of tears.
Depaultheatrekid
Stand-by
joined:1/6/05
She. Was. Getting. Over. A. Cold. #THATSALL
fingerlakessinger
Broadway Legend
joined:11/18/10
....She looked fine.
They all looked fine. They all got a long...JUST FINE.
If this wwas the leading actors round table I don't even think we'd be having a discussion at all like this.
"Life in theater is give and take...but you need to be ready to give more then you take..."
BroadwayGirl107
Broadway Legend
joined:8/26/03
LOL, oh dear. I think she said in the interview she had the cold a week before, so I don't think we need to make excuses for Idina, because I don't see anything unusual about her here. She's often soft-spoken and a little introspective in interviews. I don't see anything negative about this at all. It kind of adds to her charm and relatability, and I think has a lot to do with why she is so popular with young people.

Anyway. How charismatic is Sutton Foster? I'll never understand what's not to love about her. So charming...her excitement in listening to the other women and sharing her stories is so infectious.
"This country, this experiment, America, this hubris: what a lament if no one saw it go. Here today, gone tomorrow. Dissipation is actually much worse than cataclysm."--August: Osage County
east side story
Leading Actor
joined:4/21/11
Lame questions aside, I loved this. Seeing all those women who I have had the pleasure of enjoying over the past few years was a rare treat. Had Audra been there, I would have been in complete heaven. And as imprecise and patchy as Tyne Daly claims to be in interviews, I could listen to her talk forever. Her voice melts.
promisespromises2
Broadway Star
joined:5/23/13
^Agreed. She's very captivating when she talks! She draws the entire room towards her.