Laura Benanti to replace Lauren Ambrose in MY FAIR LADY

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FWIW, I saw this last night (Wednesday 1/16) - and Laura was in. That said, the theater was at best 70-75% full. The last rows of the orchestra and much of the far sides were empty, I imagine the mezzanine was also fairly empty. Loved the show though.
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SmoothLover said: "My friend that work at LC say that the houses have been really good in terms of numbers and they think the show will make it through the end of the 2019. This would make sense. Then Mary Poppins could start previews in March of 2020."

Your friend at LCT is right on one account; the show is selling. Anyone who works for that organization, and has a functioning brain, would know that the notion of them bringing in a production of Mary Poppins, is too absurd to even discuss. 

Updated On: 1/17/19 at 11:45 AM
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I won the lottery for tonight's show. I'm hoping Laura is in.

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Where the hell is this Mary poppins rumor coming from?
??Jack-o-lanterns are just pumpkins who majored in musical theatre??
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Mary Poppins at the Beaumont. lololololol
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Lol, did somebody actually start a rumor that LCT is producing a Mary Poppins revival????
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When is Kerstin scheduled to perform?

 

I love Laura but I didn't in this.  I'd like to see someone incredible in the role.

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What if Sher produces Mary Poppins and we have another multi-page thread lasting for months wondering who will be cast and it ends up just being Ambrose/Benanti in either order?

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Going to the matinee tomorrow (1/19) - anyone know if Laura will be on? I know she wasn't doing two-show days for a bit... fingers crossed!

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Skip23 said: "When is Kerstin scheduled to perform?



I love Laura but I didn't in this. I'd like to see someone incredible in the role.
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Tuesdays.

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Saw this last night and Laura was in. Heather Botts was on as the Queen. I thought Laura and everyone else was fantastic. Laura, Henry, Danny and Christian all got applause when they first appeared and Laura looked like she was scanning the audience when she first came out on the turntable. It was cute.

I would be interested to see this again if Lauren Ambrose were to come back. I can understand some of the comments here about their different portrayals of Eliza. Anyway, this was a really gorgeous production overall. I was stunned by how deep the stage was and the Higgins home set was just stunning. Even if you're not a fan of this story, I'd say see this at least once for the sets and performances. 

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ccbway said: "Skip23 said: "When is Kerstin scheduled to perform?



I love Laura but I didn't in this. I'd like to see someone incredible in the role.
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Tuesdays.
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Anderson is absolutely wonderful and worth seeking out. I preferred her to Ambrose.

 

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Kerstin Anderson is Eliza on Tuesdays (scheduled). If Benanti is still under the weather, Anderson may play Eliza in one of the two shows on Wednesdays/Saturdays. 

 

I highly recommend Anderson. I've seen Ambrose, Anderson, Benanti.  Anderson is the best among the three talented actresses, IMHO.

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I know Laura doesnt stage door, but does she still leave signed playbills at the stage door? Has anyone gotten one, do you have to ask the stage manager? Or are you supposed to drop a playbill off before the show or something?
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tgirl16 said: "I know Laura doesnt stage door, but does she still leave signed playbills at the stage door? Has anyone gotten one, do you have to ask the stage manager? Or are you supposed to drop a playbill off before the show or something?"

She still does, I picked one up Wednesday. I just walked into the stage door and there is someone in a booth who has them.

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Both of tomorrow's performances look to be complete sell-outs with Laura. Mostly premium seats left. Roundabout has really embraced the premium seat concept.

Sunday also looks like a sell-out or very close to one. When do regular overpriced unsold premium seats revert to regular overpriced tickets?

Tuesday, completely different story. Laura's night out. Maybe half of orchestra tickets unsold, and only a third of the right side orchestra. But still lots of premium seats.

Wednesday a little better than Tuesday, but not by a lot.

Nothing better for me to do at 4:00 am than to check attendance for upcoming My Fair Lady.

What's the deal with all the discounting Roundabout is doing on the Kiss Me Kate previews? They haven't put together an attractive enough production to mostly fill the theater during previews?

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I saw Laura last night and Kerstin about a week ago. I wouldn't say either is better than the other - I very much enjoyed them both. I thought Laura looked more comfortable in the role and was a little looser on stage (in a good way). I liked the way Kerstin did Eliza's accent in the first act better, especially when singing. I could go scene by scene and song by song and say Kerstin was better in this but Laura was better in that but the bottom line is I greatly enjoyed both of them and am happy I got two different performances.

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I personally hope this information on Mary Poppins is correct because I think Sher would be the perfect director and the Beaumont is a great space for it.

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OlBlueEyes said: "Both of tomorrow's performances look to be complete sell-outs with Laura. Mostly premium seats left. Roundabout has really embraced the premium seat concept.

Sunday also looks like a sell-out or very close to one. When do regular overpriced unsold premium seats revert to regularoverpriced tickets?

Tuesday, completely different story. Laura's night out. Maybe half of orchestra tickets unsold, and only a third of the right side orchestra. But still lots of premium seats.

Wednesday a little better than Tuesday, but not by a lot.

Nothing better for me to do at 4:00 am than to check attendance for upcoming My Fair Lady.

What's the deal with all the discounting Roundabout is doing on the Kiss Me Kate previews? They haven't put together an attractive enough production to mostly fill the theater during previews?
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I'm confused by your post... you do realize that My Fair Lady is produced by Lincoln Center and that Kiss Me Kate is produced by Roundabout, right?

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They should just keep the Higgins House for  Mary Poppins

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I guarantee you that they are not doing Mary Poppins.
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Yeah, Lincoln Center Theater, a non profit organization is not going to produce DISNEY'S Mary Poppins. Come on, people. 

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OlBlueEyes, it seems that weekends are pretty much sold-out and weeknights are about 1/2 to 2/3 full, going by Telecharge. But they're still pulling in $1mm +

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SomethingPeculiar said: "OlBlueEyes, it seems that weekends are pretty much sold-outand weeknights are about 1/2 to2/3 full, going by Telecharge. But they're still pulling in $1mm +"

Thanks. I wonder why that is? You might expect the audience for this classic to be older than normal, and maybe coming into the city for weekend matinees are the most comfortable for them.

I'm confused by your post... you do realize that My Fair Lady is produced by Lincoln Center and that Kiss Me Kate is produced by Roundabout, right?

Yes, I know that. How could I not when they're both always trying to hit me up for money. Sometimes they get me.

I just made a violent segue from My Fair Lady to Kiss Me, Kate because I saw another one of the Roundabout discount ads. Hey, it was 4:30 in the morning.

 

 

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I was looking at tickets for late March, and pulled up a Tuesday to look at availability. There was an alert in red indicating that "Kerstin Anderson will perform the role of Eliza Doolittle at this performance."

Now, I'm sure there's just something in the coding where Telecharge has posted that message for every Tuesday, but it seems they shouldn't be saying that for the dates after Laura Benanti leaves the show unless they already know that the replacement Eliza will be missing Tuesday night performances as well.  

I've been holding off purchasing until they announce the new Eliza and what her schedule will be, but there are also lots of really good front orchestra seats available for $177 and I want to take advantage of that.


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