None of the other roles in the show are cast yet. For what it's worth, I've heard they're particularly interested in casting Freddy with a diverse actor.
As far as the actors announced thus far, I've been a devout fan of Lauren Ambrose for years. I think she's going to be revelatory in this role. I find it funny that so many of the same people who were advocating for Laura Benanti (38 ) and Kelli O'Hara (41) to be cast are now questioning Ambrose's
Lauren Ambrose is an incredibly special actress with a dazzling range. It's funny to see people making weird comments about Bart Sher's affinity for her when he's worked with Kelli O'Hara upwards of five times. This is a guy who stays incredibly loyal to actors he loves. That shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone.
It's not "amazing" that she's never been on stage in a musical. She's a classically trained singer, yes, but she's also had an
I highly doubt there's any truth to this. Jerry Herman himself has said publicly that he loves Bernadette but doesn't really see her as Dolly (for what it's worth, I'd agree.)
As others have said, they're going to need a blockbuster Hollywood star to justify the expense of continuing to run. If Rudin isn't able to land someone like Reba or Queen Latifah, I would expect him to close the show riding high with Bette.
The footage from that Denver production is infinitely more imaginative and interesting than anything from the Seattle production, which I found to be a flat and uninspired take on the show.
The cast in Seattle was uniformly talented but also consistently bland. The idea of having Daisy Eagan in the show as Martha is a nice bit of creative symmetry, but much like in the concert at Lincoln Center, I found her unable to sing the role and under-served in the acting department. In the r
As others have said, Sher has been open that he wants to go through the audition process to find Eliza. Benanti may audition as part of that process (she wants the role so badly I imagine she'd be willing to,) but considering how established she is, the odds are against her. Everyone involved knows what she can do. They could have offered it to her outright and haven't.
I imagine this will be a lot like the process that went on for Sher's doomed FUNNY GIRL where all the
It's always been strange to me that the nominee event isn't on Thursday. I'm not surprised someone like Bette who's so meticulous in her preparation didn't want to spend hours talking before a two show day.
In addition to Amber Riley, Liisi LaFontaine (Deena,) Asmeret Ghebremichael (Lorrell,) Joe Aaron Reid (Curtis,) and Marisha Wallace (Effie alternate) are all Americans doing the show on the West End. I'd expect to see all of them in the production when it transfers here. Adam J. Bernard (Jimmy) has gotten rave reviews and won the Olivier alongside Amber so I wouldn't be surprised if he's brought over as well.