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Melanie Griffith#0
Posted: 6/17/03 at 2:18pm
I know this has been dealt with previously on this message board, but after the Broadway in Bryant Park concert I feel compelled to take an official poll:

Who is already sick of Ms. Griffith, or Mrs. Banderas as I'm sure she insists on being called?

She should replace her Antonio tattoo with one that says, "Get near my husband and I'll have you whacked." If we all knew that the price of having him on Broadway would be incessant exposure to her, we might not have been so excited about it, eh?

Has anyone ever known such an obviously untrusting spouse (even among non-famous people)?

The worst part is this is someone who barely has credibility in Hollywood -- her movie oeuvre ain't exactly spectacular -- not to mention zilch on Broadway. So why is she hosting the concert, or introducing acts at the Tonys, etc.?

Has anyone been to the stage door of NINE when she wasn't there?

Melanie, in case you're reading this as part of your Broadway 101 primer, I'll just throw out this reminder: Yoko. We're interested in him, why do you always have to be there?

I guess she's heard the saying that a man who marries his mistress merely creates a vacancy in the position.
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re: Melanie Griffith#1
Posted: 6/17/03 at 2:19pm
not in her defense... but she is going to be on Broadway soon in CHICAGO...
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re: Melanie Griffith#2
Posted: 6/17/03 at 2:24pm
I know.

Originally I thought that was part of the "bring Hollywood names to Broadway" plan. Now I realize it's part of the "keep my husband on the shortest leash possible" plan.
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re: re: Melanie Griffith#3
Posted: 6/17/03 at 2:35pm
I too think she is a little nuts and the way she clings onto her husband can get a tad annoying. I mean I almost lost it when she introduced the cast of Nine at the Tony's as "Antonio Banderas and HIS cast of Nine." But you have to remember that Melanie has been through a lot (as far as substance abuse and stuff goes) and Antonio was there to support her and help her fight her addiction. I think she is scared of losing him because he is such a huge anchor in her life. Damn- I can't believe I just said that. Enough with the sob stories though. The woman is a little crazy in the head, but lets be a little more understanding.
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re: re: re: Melanie Griffith#4
Posted: 6/17/03 at 2:45pm
I guess I would be too! I mean I watched Evita for a bit again last night and damn...he's a fine looking specimen. (And he is so not my type!)

She has been through a lot and since she lost another highly attractive man...Don Johnson...maybe she things she needs to be careful. Maybe she is so proud of Antonio that she wants to watch him with others just b/c it makes her proud. Who knows!

The night I was at the show, she was not there. But if I were in her shoes, I might have been! I saw her being interviewed for something just last night or the night before and she was clinging to her daughter as if the entire process terrified her. But she couldn't help but smile when Antonio's name was mentioned...and I found that refreshing.
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re: re: re: re: Melanie Griffith#5
Posted: 6/17/03 at 3:45pm
Piglet, he may not be your type but Ohhhhhhh Gawd, is he mine. I am seeing him Saturday in Nine. Not for nothing, I am sure she did not have a great life and was acting from real young but she should not be at the stage door every night either. That in itself, is very insecure. We don't want to see her, we want to see him. She seems to think it is mandatory for everyone to know she is married to Antonio. He was already married when she met him and she was married to Don Johnson. She dumped Don Johnson for him. I don't remember seeing anyone's spouse waiting or at the stage door of their respective partner. That tatoo alone is ridiculous. Why does she feel the need to advertise the fact that he is married to her. We all know it. Give it a rest. She even reminded us at the Tonys that they were a couple. She need not have been there. Just because she is going to be in Chicago. Unfortunatley, I am going because a friend wanted to see her in it. I wanted to see Chicago again but with someone else. Besides, anyone that gets that much plastic surgery has to be insecure. She should star in Mask. re: re: re: re: Melanie Griffith
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re: re: re: re: re: Melanie Griffith#6
Posted: 6/17/03 at 3:54pm
I too will be seeing Melanie in Chicago. Not by choice -- I'm going to be seeing Rob Bartlett as Amos in August, and clearly I have no choice but to see Melanie... obviously this is one show where I will NOT be paying attention to Roxie.... It'll be all about Velma!

In a month, I go see the tour! YAY!!! Woo-Yeah for kickass Roxies!!!!! :) :)
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re: re: re: re: re: Melanie Griffith#7
Posted: 6/17/03 at 4:02pm
Bwaylady,

I tend to agree with you, but I will tell you that several people would have liked to have met her the night I was there. Me being one of them. I happen to really like the movie Paradise that she and Don Johnson did when she was with him.

As for a wife who is like Melanie...I won't name names, but there is another who actually manages her husband's career who some people find even more annoying than Melanie. Not me, mind you, but others have mentioned it over the years.
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re: Melanie Griffith#8
Posted: 6/17/03 at 4:38pm
I actually would like to see Melanie in her 1st live performance. There are just SOOOO MANY ways this train can wreck! Falls off the stage, tells the condoucter ITS HIS FAULT she can't hit the notes, Knocks the Hunyuk off the ladder when she sees the spotlight on her.....
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re: re: Melanie Griffith#9
Posted: 6/17/03 at 4:46pm
Oh, Sabrelady, that's a riot. But I just wish she'd do a musical in Podunk, Missourah re: re: Melanie Griffith before she tries Chicago on Broadway! Roxie is such a great role, and I'm just convinced that she's going to kill it, and the show.
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re: re: Melanie Griffith#10
Posted: 6/17/03 at 4:47pm
Hahhahhaa when you put it that way... I almost look forward to it! re: re: Melanie Griffith
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re: re: re: Melanie Griffith#11
Posted: 6/17/03 at 4:55pm
I heard they were gonna dumb down the choreography for Melanie, which sucks!

the only roxie they dumbed down for, well not even dumbed down for, was CHITA RIVERA herself, and that was taking out the cartwheel and kneel at the end of Hot Honey Rag, cuz it could hurt Chita's knees, otherwise the 65 year old diva did the whole thing!!! Melanie should be no damn exception!
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re: re: re: re: Melanie Griffith#12
Posted: 6/17/03 at 4:59pm
I totally agree with you, Rob. She should do the whole thing or not do it at all. You know, I hadn't even really thought about her dancing. Now that I am ... scary! What I've been worried about is that squeaky voice singing songs like "Me and My Baby" and "Funny Honey."

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re: re: re: re: re: Melanie Griffith#13
Posted: 6/17/03 at 5:02pm
You are only worried about those TWO song?
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re: re: re: re: re: re: Melanie Griffith#14
Posted: 6/17/03 at 5:03pm
Moljul, no, I'm worried about her entire performance. Those were just examples. :)
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lol, o lol!

this keeps getting better and better. I mean it's not like she's just gonna be acting, she's ok at that, or just singing, but DANCING. Roxie dances her heart out, the audience deserves that. And yet most people will go to see Chicago just because Melanie's in it, and have NEVER seen the show before. Regardless it will be an experience. But she has some shoes to fill..

Anne, Chita, Ruthie, Sandy, Karen, Tracy, etc...
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Chita is the Roxie-queen. Love her as Roxie. She should hold a Roxie-workshop and have all current and future Roxies attend and take notes... because Chita is just the ****.

I say Melanie should take Chita's place in Nine, and send Chita across the street to Chicago re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: Melanie Griffith

Yes, Melanie DOES have some big shoes to fill and I have a "sneaking suspicion" she's gonna be falling her untalented behind right out of them.

As for dumbing down Roxie's dance numbers though.. there have been a few times that the cartwheels have been taken out Roxie AND Velma (either or, or both)... not everyone can do them.. but I must admit, it's better with them... Why do I have a feeling MG will just be tripping over her own feet the whole time? *sigh*

*scurrys off to figure out one more time to see Tracy in Chicago besides her closing night*
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Updated On: 6/17/03 at 05:17 PM
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Posted: 6/17/03 at 5:19pm
CJR thanks for backing me up on chita
http://www.angelfire.com/musicals/chitarivera/ChicagoRoxie.html

you surely have taste!

have fun with Tracy and Rox's last show!!! Woo Hoo!

-rob chita
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re: Melanie Griffith#18
Posted: 6/17/03 at 5:21pm
I'm wondering if maybe Melanie will surprise everyone? Has anyone ever heard her sing or saw her dance?

How convenient for her that Chicago is right near Nine. It's really very sad how she clings to her husband and her daughter. She must be a basket case in her everyday life.
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re: chita#19
Posted: 6/17/03 at 5:22pm
Heh -- Rox will be staying in the company... only Tracy's leaving :) :) Rox's last show as Velma was Tony Sunday. It was grrreeeeeat (and then I screamed in the middle of 49th when I found out Michele won the Tony, so yeah it was a great night all around)
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re: re: chita#20
Posted: 6/17/03 at 6:28pm
Deannaisme, Sorry. I didn't make it clear that my post was laced with sarcasm. I should have put a smiley after my post.
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re: re: Melanie Griffith#21
Posted: 6/17/03 at 7:03pm
You know, I sincerely hope that Melanie does surprise everyone and just do wonderfully in Chicago. If she does, I'll stand up and say I was wrong. But in the meantime, I'm worried.

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Mel -ancholy Baby#22
Posted: 6/17/03 at 7:34pm
I usually try to give people the benefit of the doubt but ... REALLY! A 50+ woman without a formal dance education decides to do a Broadway Musical Lead. And not just ANY musical a FOSSE (ok after the style of) musical, choreography that is a challenge to a trained dancer. How much CAN you "dumb" down before it becomes a sorrow & a pity? And I don't think its just being close to Antonio, I believe she is living in a fantasy world where the Chicago (film)glory will reflect on her & revive a somewhat limp film career. Sucess by association. well, we shall see...
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I am in no way defending her#23
Posted: 6/17/03 at 7:49pm
But its not like she's never done a thing..I mean there is an Oscar nomination there...not that it implies a True blue Broadway hoofer just waiting to emerge but still....

Academy Awards, USA
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1989 Nominated Oscar Best Actress in a Leading Role
for: Working Girl

BAFTA Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1990 Nominated BAFTA Film Award Best Actress
for: Working Girl

Emmy Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2000 Nominated Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
for: RKO 281 (1999) (TV)

Golden Globes, USA
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2000 Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
for: RKO 281 (1999) (TV)

1996 Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
for: Buffalo Girls (1995) (TV)

1989 Won Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
for: Working Girl (198I am in no way defending her

1987 Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
for: Something Wild (1986)

1985 Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
for: Body Double (1984)

1975 Won Miss Golden Globe

National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1985 Won NSFC Award Best Supporting Actress
for: Body Double (1984)



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re: I am in no way defending her#24
Posted: 6/17/03 at 7:52pm
I've enjoyed Melanie's movies over the years and at the same time do think she's an odd duck. I'm willing to see or hear how she does in Chicago before truely judging it as a horrible idea.

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