Thursday, September 01, 2005

Somebody's looooves Audra McDonald

Getting a review that any actor would die for, Audra McDonald apparently steals the show (Anyone Can Whistle) from such stalwarts as Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris.

I did the role 7 years ago at Foothill, and it is a huge, meaty role. Ballads, uptempos, belting, non-belting, playing the vamp, playing the prude. Fun, fun, fun.

And the score is glorious, from the title song to With So LIttle to Be Sure Of.

But I'm sure it's true that the concert-version gets to deliver all of the strengths while letting them avoid dwelling on some of the weaknesses of the piece.

Concert versions are good for that ;)

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