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re: Lines on teleprompter
Posted by: JereNYC (JereNYC@aol.com) 02:44 pm EST 02/06/19
In reply to: re: Lines on teleprompter - writerkev 01:56 pm EST 02/06/19

I would say no...I heard that Stritch had some nights where she was letter perfect, but not the night I was there. She was obviously struggling throughout the evening, at one point getting a lost line from the actress playing Fredrika. Every time she went up, it was obvious and took me right out of the story as I watched an actress in distress, unable to do anything to assist. It was, by turns, embarrassing and sad.

When she could remember her lines, she gave a terrific performance.

It was a shame because Bernadette Peters was pretty close to ideal as Desiree and I'd have loved to have seen her paired with Lansbury.

But I think we all knew it was the last time we'd be seeing Stritch on Broadway and, since she was such a beloved figure by that point, it was worth taking a chance on seeing her.
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