I understand what you mean and I myself am really not a fan of in your face acting (with the exception of a role like Shug Avery which needs to be like that). My favourite performances in theatre, film and elsewhere are those that I consider subtle and nuanced brilliance. I perhaps didn't get that from Cynthia so much. Maybe it would have helped if I'd have been sat in the orchestra.
Interesting to hear about London. Was there ever any word about why it didn't bother transferring to the West End?
I would definitely like to see Cynthia in a play so that I could get a good view on her acting without being biased due to her incredible voice. I just remember not being convinced that Cynthia should get the Tony at all until 'I'm Here' when she won me round and seeing her perform that is one of the best theatre experiences I've had. But that song is almost at the very end, should it be enough? It's an interesting discussion.
You're absolutely right snutte; sometimes more is more too (as long as it's 'natural'), it all depends on the character.
I don't know why it didn't transfer. It probably should've done just so we could give her the Olivier before the Tony. I don't think the book or film are that well known over here in the UK (sadly). Maybe it didn't sell out completely or as quickly as other shows that do transfer. I'm sure someone in the know will be able to enlighten us.
From memory, yes I think there was great buzz about her acting at the Menier. I personally thought she was stunning in it, and I completely shifted my stance on the show altogether, having seen the tour of the original Broadway incarnation and thought it was quite tacky and a Disney-fied telling of a very gritty story.
It's hard to know how it will do in London. It's by far an easier sell in the US than the UK (or elsewhere). The book and the film are very iconic, especially to the African American community (but also mainstream non-AA). Practically every other person in the US would be able to recognize some of the iconic lines from the show. "Miss Celie's Blues", the song in the film is also pretty commonly recognized.
I think that the revival specifically casted its cast very cleverly, though Cynthia was unknown (at least in New York, and still is to a wider extent but the notices are so magnificent), they did compensate with Jennifer Hudson and Danielle Brooks, who is becoming quite recognizable.
The affinity American audiences have with the book and the film simply does not exist in the UK, and I think London might struggle to find commonly well known black leading ladies to headline this. But that is not to say that it can't do well in London.
With the theatre no confirmed for Groundhog Day on Broadway, it means that *for now* the Bernard B. Jacobs doesn't appear to be lined up for a new show. Could this mean that TCP will extend? I really hope so!
I went to Sunday matinee while I was there in June and managed to get centre Row D in dress circle (mezzanine) a couple of hours before from tkts - that should be an indication of how well it was singing in June.
Still, I really enjoyed it although found the plot a tad muddled. Danielle Brooks brought the house down and it was the closest a quant white Englishman will get to a proper gospel church!
This has just extended its booking period by one month up until January 8th, but with no closing date officially set yet, I fear this may be it. For such a short extension it seems unrealistic that this will continue limping along with four week extensions at a time. I expect this will be this production's last performance on Broadway.
Headley must be one of the biggest cryers in the business. Love it. She cried her face off during the opening night of the Bodyguard, and her last two shows. She was also a complete wreck on her Purple opening night. Such a beautiful and emotional artist. Gutted I missed her in it. I'm somewhat okay seeing the legend that is Jennifer Holliday, but I doubt she'll be able to bringr half the nuance, finesse and subtly Headley delivers.
It's been confirmed that Jennifer will be in the show for a limited 14 week run - which brings us right up to January 8th.
Cynthia did a Facebook live chat today. Someone asked how long they had left to see her in the show and she said a little while but probably not as long as we think. I reckon the show is closing Jan 8th.
Post by danieljohnson14 on Oct 13, 2016 14:22:24 GMT
Danielle Brooks leaving on November 13th, company member Carrie Compare assuming the role from November 15th.
I don't think it will close quite yet? It hasn't been doing awful at the box office that would negate closing. The leaving of Cynthia though may cause worry unless they cast a person on par with her to perform the role, which is going to be very difficult. Saying that, all dates are pointing to January 8th thus far so maybe I'm wrong.
Last Edit: Oct 13, 2016 14:25:41 GMT by danieljohnson14