Whatever happened to the Original Joanne, Fredi Walker?

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Whatever happened to her? ibdb.com only list RENT as her broadway credit, so I guess she hasn't been on another show. How long did she stay with RENT? Are there any articles that state how she feels about the movie?
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I hear she's teaching now.
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I believe I read somewhere that she did not want to be involved with the movie
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interesting......
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According to a recent article, her and Chris Columbus mutually decided she was too old to reprise the role of Joanne. That's why she isn't in the movie.
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Well I had always thought that, but I just was wondering what she had done since RENT.
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She was Rafiki in the Lion King tour a few years back.
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I miss JoAnne1 re: Whatever happened to the Original Joanne, Fredi Walker?
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I did not think she was very good on the OBC. Just my opinioin sp?
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She did play Rafiki in the tour of The Lion King and I heard she was excellent.
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broadwaystar--I do too. That was one fun thread.
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I heard that she respected the decision that she was too old, but had one request... I quote her "Keep Joanne black!"
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I was at the RENT world premiere last week, and along with the entire film's cast, also in attendance at the film and the after-party was Fredi Walker. She was chatting it up with everyone and seemed to be having a blast. I also read the said interview noting that she and Chris mutually deciding that she was too old for the film. No hard feelings there at all. I do wish she would come back to Broadway though and remind us all again what a kick-ass voice she has. I love listening to her and Idina rock it out in Take Me or Leave Me!
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Yeah, What Kevo siad. There was an article in the Times awhile back about each of the original cast members, where they are now, and what they thought about the movie. I forget what she's doing. But she wasn't bitter about not being in it or anything.
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i would've liked to have been a fly on the wall when fredi was talking to tracie! let alone daphne and rosario!
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daphne was absent that night (not to start any drama or anything)
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last i heard she was working on her production company - see the link below
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Do you really think she's too old? I mean, she said it herself, but I always thought that if Joanne looked older, then it would re-inforce her insecurities towards Maureen's love. Just my personal opinion, the critics reviews I have read have mentioned Tracie as one of the best performers in the movie so I'm sure it wasn't a bad decision to hire her as Joanne.
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tracie's performance in the film is phenomenal - and she seems like such a real down to earth person - totally adorable - i met her after the screening and though they were all nice, she was the nicest of the bunch!!
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I never got the old deal (for Joanne). Joanne was the one character that was older then the rest, at least to me.
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Fredi rocks! I find it odd that she was too "old" but the rest of the OBC was not? Things that make you go Hmmmmm....
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I agree, especially since Joanne is such already a mature, successful woman, and she has to be old enough to have graduated from Harvard's law school. Again, I'm sure Tracie is a perfect choice for the role, but I think the excuse that Fredi is too old does not make so much sense.
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well thanks for the kind words you guys...

don't worry. you'll see me on the boards again one day. and i will be doing the 10 year in April.

i still lurk around the boards - though don't have as much time to post as last year...

i'll be around tonight and checking in on the reviews and such.

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Can I say - I miss our late night 2am chats on the old wagon thread!