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Too Buff for the Role?

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Too Buff for the Role?#1
Posted: 4/2/09 at 2:08am
In a similar vein to the "Too Cute for the Role" thread, does the perfectly shaped body of someone in a show set in a different time period ever distract you?

I look at the bodies of the male dancers in the current revival of "West Side Story" and the recent revival of "A Chorus Line" and the gym buffed perfection of them keeps me being able to suspend my disbelief needed for theater.

I think "No street punk in the 1950's ever had abs like that." Or "Not that many dancers in the 1970's had arms and shoulders like that."

Does this bother anyone else out there, or is it just me?

From the pictures I've seen of the revival of "Hair" the casting director got it right and cast people whose bodies looked like you could have seen them back in the late '60's.

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re: Too Buff for the Role?#2
Posted: 4/2/09 at 6:31am
The problem is that the dancers bodies have changed. Instead of simply thin and lithe, they are all muscular. Dance is much more demanding than it was then as well as the need to look good. It didn't bother me at all in either show. Maybe because both shows had so many other problems to keep my picky mind occupied.
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re: Too Buff for the Role?#2
Posted: 4/2/09 at 8:10am
As they say on another site, this thread is completely useless without pictures. ;-}
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re: Too Buff for the Role?#3
Posted: 4/2/09 at 8:28am
Michael Jeter in Grand Hotel
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re: Too Buff for the Role?#4
Posted: 4/2/09 at 8:35am
LOL, PalJoey. I'll second that!
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re: Too Buff for the Role?#5
Posted: 4/2/09 at 11:44am
Wasn't so much the "buffness" of the actors in WSS but rather the bland acting choices, horrible set, and disappointing direction that left me confused.
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re: Too Buff for the Role?#6
Posted: 4/2/09 at 11:49am
PalJoey: At least we have sondheimboy2's avatar to ogle at.


And if I may offer another question: who WAS NOT buff enought for the role? My candidate: John C Riley in Street Car (but damn, wasn't Natasha great?).
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re: Too Buff for the Role?#7
Posted: 4/2/09 at 11:53am
I have not seen all the boys of WEST SIDE STORY naked (yet) but no one, except Tony (at least he's good to look at if not listen to)and Action (who should be buff because he is the fighter of the group),are that muscular. There have always been guys who lifted weights before Gyms became so popular. And to the comment that dancers bodies are different today, go to a dance class in Manhattan, there is every body type there.
Think LIL' ABNER, THE BODY BEAUTIFUL, Buff bods are nothing new.
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re: Too Buff for the Role?#8
Posted: 4/2/09 at 12:11pm
This isn't a Broadway example, but I remember seeing SWEET AND LOWDOWN and thinking that Sean Penn was just too buff. There's just no way that character, the hard-drinking jazz guitarist who never sets foot in anything as health conscious as a gym, would be as muscular as Penn was/is.
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re: Too Buff for the Role?#9
Posted: 4/2/09 at 4:33pm
tazber's profile pic is a pretty hot guy, no idea if thats tazber or someone famous I should know, either way.. great pic lol
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re: Too Buff for the Role?#10
Posted: 4/2/09 at 4:57pm
As they say on another site, this thread is completely useless without pictures. ;-}

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re: Too Buff for the Role?#11
Posted: 4/2/09 at 5:18pm
They all look fine to me.
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re: Too Buff for the Role?#12
Posted: 4/2/09 at 5:20pm
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re: Too Buff for the Role?#13
Posted: 4/2/09 at 5:23pm
Sharon Brown as Lucy in the Jekyll & Hyde tour.
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re: Too Buff for the Role?#14
Posted: 4/2/09 at 5:27pm
Elizabeth Stanley in Xanadu.
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re: Too Buff for the Role?#15
Posted: 4/2/09 at 5:31pm
Let me get this straight - in WSS you are able to suspend disbelief that gang members break into song and dance, A LOT of dance, but not they might have buff bodies?
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re: Too Buff for the Role?#16
Posted: 4/2/09 at 5:36pm
Elizabeth Stanley in Xanadu.

Shut up!
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re: Too Buff for the Role?#17
Posted: 4/2/09 at 5:38pm
lol
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re: Too Buff for the Role?#18
Posted: 4/2/09 at 5:39pm
Elizabeth Stanley in Xanadu.

Shut up!


No way, sister, I want her delts and biceps!
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re: Too Buff for the Role?#19
Posted: 4/2/09 at 5:42pm
Well, are you saying that muses have to be skinny and have pointy chins?
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re: Too Buff for the Role?#20
Posted: 4/2/09 at 5:43pm
Muses are either Wood Nymphs or Jabba the Hutt
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re: Too Buff for the Role?#21
Posted: 4/2/09 at 5:44pm
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re: Too Buff for the Role?#22
Posted: 4/2/09 at 5:45pm
Well, are you saying that muses have to be skinny and have pointy chins?

No, but compared to Kerry butler she does look like she could tackle a whole football team. re: Too Buff for the Role?
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re: Too Buff for the Role?#23
Posted: 4/2/09 at 5:48pm
Lol. She is a solid gal. I think she's beautiful. (Stanley, not Butler)
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re: Too Buff for the Role?#24
Posted: 4/2/09 at 5:54pm
Very much so.
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