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Who would you like see play Lettia Primrose in 20th Century?

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Andrea Martin seems the obvious choice, but I was wondering if Lily Tomlin or Carol Burnett would work.
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I think Carol Burnett would be brilliant, but she is 81 and 8 shows per week might be tough. (By comparison, Coca was ten years younger when she originated the role.)

I'd be surprised if Lily Tomlin wanted to do it, but I'm sure she'd be great.

I saw Mimi Hines play the role and loved her, but that was a decade ago when SHE was only 70!
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Harris and Martin seem solid if obvious choices. I'd love to see Catherine O'Hara.



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Updated On: 8/22/14 at 09:34 AM
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There a ton of suggestions in the linked thread, including:

Annie Potts
Jackie Hoffman
Carol Kane
Judy Kaye
Mary Testa
Blythe Danner
Estelle Parsons
Carol Burnett
Andrea Martin

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Linda Lavin
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Georgia Engel
Linda Hunt
Jane Curtin
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Andrea Martin played Primrose in the reading that featured Hugh Jackman, but that was several years back.

Linda Lavin is a great suggestion.
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I'm kinda loving the Georgia Engel suggestion.
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Judy Kaye
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I'm kinda loving the Georgia Engel suggestion too!
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Harriet Harris or Veanne Cox
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Can we discuss this Catherine O'Hara idea more in-depth, please?
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Because you agree, or don't? What I love about O'Hara's comedy is its grounding. In every Guest film, she's a dimensional person. She can sing (well enough) and has that look in her eyes, a manic sense of being elsewhere -- of being possessed -- that would beautifully serve the religious fanaticism in this woman. I just think letting the character feel real would be interesting. If you disagree, run with anyone else on the list. What a great list it is.
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Most of the women named in this thread couldn't sing the role if their lives depended on it. It's a comic soprano role in an operetta spoof. Changing the keys for her numbers so they could be growled by an old husky-voiced gal would be missing the point of the show (admittedly something that the Roundabout is rather famous for).
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Because Imogene Coca had such a stellar career as a comic opera soubrette.
Cheyenne Jackson tickled me. AFTER ordering SoMMS a drink but NOT tickling him, and hanging out with Girly in his dressing room (where he DIDN'T tickle her) but BEFORE we got married. To others. And then he tweeted Boobs. He also tweeted he's good friends with some chick on "The Voice" who just happens to be good friends with Tink's ex. And I'm still married. Oh, and this just in: "Pettiness, spite, malice ....Such ugly emotions... So sad." - After Eight, talking about MEEEEEEEE!!! I'm so honored! :-)
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Yea, it's not that hard to sing at all in terms of vocal range.

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It's still a comic mezzo-soprano range, not for a belter. Many of the dames named above never displayed much head voice in their youth, let alone now in the autumn (or winter) of their lives.

The tessitura for "Repent" is C# below middle C to F# 2 above. That's 1 step shy of 2 and 1/2 octaves. It's what they call rangy. And although the voice is a comic one, the notes should be hit - it's an operetta, that's the fun of it.
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Georgia Engel was my first thought as well.
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Auggie, I LOVE the idea of Catherine O'Hara. She's one of my favorite comedic actresses and I would love to see her onstage.

That being said, I do also like the idea of Georgia Engel.
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We could go out-of-the-box and think about Whoopi Goldberg,

or go way out of the box and go with Tyne Daly.
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O'Hara's peculiar little voice would actually suit this role well.
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I've collected three votes for O'Hara. I went back and listened to my "Mighty Wind" CD (it's a gem, honestly) and realized O'Hara could certainly carry "Repent," with adjustments, and sing it, full out. But look, too, at "Nightmare Before Christmas." She's brilliant, and her eccentric vocals -- admittedly, studio-created -- are part of that film's artistry.
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I think Catherine O'Hara is an interesting idea, but she is 60. If I were she I wouldn't be ready to jump into "elderly" roles.

I don't understand the Judy Kaye choice. Mrs. Primrose had a fragility about her, at least originally, which is what made her manic racing about the train so funny. Judy Kaye is a much more solid presence. She is 66, but I don't see how her voice differs enough from Chenowith to make the desired contrast.

Newintown, point taken about the vocal range, but if Carol Burnett were able, I think we'd all overlook the alteration.
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Anita Gillette.
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Understood, but age alone won't give us the needed flavor the show requires. Still, if we're looking at 70ish in earnest, leave Jane Houdyshell out (she's younger than O'Hara, 59; surprising?) 70, B'way, comic singer, hmmm.

Mary Louise Wilson?

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Updated On: 8/23/14 at 10:29 PM

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