Sunday, March 15, 2009

Opening Night!


I have returned! To celebrate, I will be taking in the opening night of Blithe Spirit at the Shubert Theatre this evening with Sarah, Roxie and friends. The revival of the famed Noel Coward farce stars Christine Ebersole, Rupert Everett and our beloved Angela Lansbury with Jayne Atkinson and Simon Jones under the direction of Michael Blakemore. I am looking forward to this production moreso than any other this season. Angie is taking on the role of the eccentric medium Madame Arcati, a role originated by Margaret Rutherford in London (who preserved it in the film adaptation) and Mildred Natwick on Broadway (who played the part in a 1950s television production that starred Coward, Claudette Colbert and Lauren Bacall). Geraldine Page took on the role in the 1987 revival, with Patricia Conolly taking over after Page's unexpected death during the run. The 1964 musical version of the piece, High Spirits starred Beatrice Lillie in her final stage appearance as Arcati, with Tammy Grimes and Edward Woodward. The musical, which received a reading with Roundabout last year, isn't as strong as the original play. However, it's score is quite enjoyable; containing one of my favorite overtures and favorite eleven o'clock numbers (the bluesy, showstopping "Home Sweet Heaven").

4 comments:

Esther said...

Welcome back and have a wonderful time. I'm sure everyone will be in high spirits today! I'll be looking forward to your review.

Roxie said...

just four people and sock puppets - it's a brilliant concept! I hope the folks in Sardi's enjoyed our performance.

Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Welcome back. Here's hoping you're not too jetlagged to have enjoyed the show. Can't wait to hear more.

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