Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Happy "August: Osage County" Day!

Mayor Bloomberg has officially proclaimed today "August: Osage County Day" in NYC in honor of its 300th performance, being accorded to today's matinee.

As per the proclamation, the play has "yielded tremendous cultural and economic benefits for" New York City and has "reaffirmed New York's proud heritage of welcoming the world's boldest, most powerful works of art."

However, the powers that be are cheating a little. According to the tally at today's matinee is the show's 282nd, meaning they are counting the 18 previews. There is a reason there is an official opening night. Or is there anymore? Oh well. I'm just truth-telling... ;)

Also here is a great profile on the great Amy Morton who is still giving NY audiences her powerhouse performance as Barbara Weston Fordham in the acclaimed hit (but only for a little while longer, folks. Soon the original cast will be off to London for its UK premiere at the National in the fall).

The quote of the day, from Ms. Morton:

"It's like when you open up Long Day's Journey Into Night or some great American play, and you see the original cast listing, and you go, 'Wow, that must have been something.' I get to have my name in there! I'm never going to get a part like this again in my life. I mean this in the most positive way: It's all downhill from here."


Dorian said...

Well, sadly, I'll miss Morton. My friend Shea and I are most likely seeing it in December. I weep for opportunity lost.

...I must obtain airfare to London. Let the scheming commence.

Esther said...

Yay, happy A:OC Day!

I kind of understand how Amy Morton feels. I've got a few copies of O'Neill's plays and you look at the original Broadway cast list and think about what it must have been like to see Long Day's Journey or The Iceman Cometh back then.

I had the same feeling when I opened my copy of "August: Osage County" and realized that I'll always be able to say I saw it on Broadway with the original cast. What a thrill! And I don't think it's all downhill for the amazingly talented Amy Morton.

Joseph Gomez said...

I saw AUGUST on Wednesday the 13th. It was still phenomenal. And Morton is still brilliant. Still one of the best shows I've ever seen.