I woke up to a voice message from Steve on Broadway alerting me to "news" from Michael Riedel of the New York Post. In FROM ANGELA TO ZETA - ZETA-JONES IN 'NIGHT MUSIC,' SO LANSBURY STAYS IN CAST, Michael says that Catherine Zeta-Jones will play Desiree and Angela Lansbury will play her mother, Madame Armfeldt, in the upcoming revival of A Little Night Music.
Now, I'm not one to look a gift horse in the mouth: ANGELA! YES! I TOLD YOU SO! But, Catherine?
Ugh. Damn it, we have so many beautiful and fabulous out-of-work BROADWAY stars perfect for Desiree and producers had to go to Hollywood to get practically a b movie actress whose main credits are a cell phone commercial and being married to a huge giant legendary star? Please.
And reportedly "Sondheim called Zeta-Jones and persuaded her to do "Night Music"? Puh-lease. (Mr. Sondheim, since you're so persuasive, it would be nice if you'd make some calls to make sure the original orchestrations remain in place.)
Okay, okay. Catherine won an Oscar for her Velma Kelly in the film of Chicago. I admit that I've warmed to that performance - come on, it's hard not to - it's Chicago, it's Kander & Ebb. But, that ain't eight times a week on Broadway, baby. Sigh.
Still, It's ANGELA LANSBURY. It's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC. I'll be there. This revival is set to begin at the Walter Kerr (hello, I can see this theatre from my office) this December.