There was no need to throw shade at Uma. And why ask if Schumer can sing or dance? It's a play.
I'm not going to throw shade at Uma, but I can't imagine any commercial producer would hire her in 2017 thinking she'd bring in boffo box office numbers on name alone. Maybe in 1997. She's a terrific actor, and when she did some theater in the prime of her career, it was an event. But today? Her career has been largely on ice the last couple of years, aside
haterobics said: "I ride the NJTransit train into the city and they have posters at nearly every stop. They know the donut to which they speak.
They also advertise heavily in the NJ media markets -- TV and radio. They know who their audience is. It's the Jersey Boys crowd. They see one, maybe two Broadway shows a year. They pay full price. They're not appealing to the Sondheim crowd.
Oh sorry, I completely missed that detail. In that respect, I don't know, but probably. The list of performers with disabilities who've made it to Broadway is quite smaller, and the list of performers of color with disabilities is smaller.
As a sidenote - will Lauren Ridloff be the first POC with a disability to play a leading role on Broadway? I know that's a lot of qualifiers, but it's still an interesting thing to take note of if it is true.
Treshelle Edmond, a deaf woman of color, appeared in the Spring Awakening revival.
Donna is first cover, Joanna is second cover. Joanna would only go on in an event where both Patti and Donna weren't able to perform. Since Patti is almost never out, it's not likely Joanna will ever go on.
Boosterism, to borrow the term LarryD2 used earlier in this thread, is a major problem in regional theater criticism. And since DC, Chicago, and LA/Southern California have become the major spots for pre-Broadway engagements these days, their chief critics (Marks, McNulty, and Chris Jones) engage in it regularly. Having shows transfer from their cities to Broadway not only makes them look influential, but makes their cities look like viable tryout spots for future musicals and (rarely) p
I assume that the majority of Benanti's concerts, especially the ones occurring during preview period (she has one currently scheduled for the third night of previews), will be rescheduled or cancelled. This kind of thing happens more frequently than one might realize.