re: "This production will need a well-known actor to fly"
Posted by: BruceinIthaca 01:05 pm EST 02/09/24
In reply to: re: "This production will need a well-known actor to fly" - portenopete 11:20 am EST 02/09/24

Jones may not have been as big a star back then, but she had already won her first Tony for "The Heiress," AND the play itself was new and getting major buzz. For it to succeed in a Broadway revival, especially after the film has been so widely distributed (including cable, streaming, etc.) it does need "names" in the two leads to get people interested enough to buy tickets. I am sorry Keating was not "promoted" when Daly had to withdraw, as I gather Keating is much admired and did something herculean in stepping in (and was, from all reports, excellent), but I can see the producers wanting someone with broader possibility of name recognition to partner with Schreiber. I think Amy Ryan is a fine actress (I think she would have been a worthy Oscar winner for Gone Baby Gone, but that was a TOUGH year--Tilda Swinton won, and the other nominees were Ruby Dee, Saoirse Ronan, and Cate Blanchett--really, any of them might have won, albeit Dee for her magnificent career as her role in American Gangster was close to a cameo), but I'm not sure her name will pull people in the way Daly's still can. I hope the production is successful. I remember seeing the original with Jones, Byrne, Lenox, and Goldenhersh and just being bowled over by the performances and the writing--like fine chamber music.
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