Would love to see her do a musical (she's kind of dipped her toes in it in her plays). Excited for her doing the Great Gatsby musical with Florence Welch, hopefully since it's got British creatives we might see it here soon after or even pre-Broadway, but I'd happily settle with her doing Cabaret if not!
Actually the Bill Kenwright/Rufus Norris production originated many years before that thread. Though I haven't seen any of the most recent incarnations of it - the original production at the Lyric in 2006 with Anna Maxwell Martin, Sheila Hancock and James Dreyfus really was very good, possibly better in some respects than the Sam Mendes(/Rob Marshall) version. Both of these versions were so high concept that poor casting could completed unbalance them. That was certainly the case in some of the Broadway cast changes - and it sounds like it was the case with some of the tours here.
It's definitely time for a new production. I don't think it does theatre any good to wheel out productions 28 or even 15 years after they originated no matter how definitely/ground breaking they were considered to be.
Post by newyorkcityboy on May 12, 2021 14:03:24 GMT
Excited for this. I finally saw the BK version on its last tour, having avoided it previously due to the Will Young Issue. John Partridge was fantastic as Emcee. I was a bit scared going in as he had ruined La Cage for me the previous season, being a touch too aggressive in the part and sounding like he was in Weatherfield rather than Saint Tropez. But in this he completely bowled (excuse the pun) me over.
It's a shame Elaine Paige never had a proper West End "swan song" - Fraulein Schneider might be a nice auf wiedersehen.
Her last West End gig was Drowsy Chaperone, wasn't it? She was god awful in it and it didn't last. Her last proper swan song (if you'd even call it that) was Follies on Broadway which is a pretty decent last hurrah. Has she done anything meaty since apart from panto?
You need a real actress for Schneider. Sara Kestelman was sublime in the 1993 Donmar production (she won the Olivier for it too I believe), Mary Louise Wilson was equally good in the Broadway transfer, and Linda Emond did the role in the last Mendes mounting on Broadway (2014). Sheila Hancock did it in 2006 in London, and also won the Olivier for her performance. It's a really good part if you get the right person, so hopefully it's someone good. I wouldn't mind seeing someone like Monica Dolan or Frances Barber tackle it.