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re: Elaine Stritch in the revival of "A Little Night Music" and struggling to remember her words
Posted by: Michael_Portantiere 07:53 pm EST 02/06/19
In reply to: re: Elaine Stritch in the revival of "A Little Night Music" and struggling to remember her words - lordofspeech 05:56 pm EST 02/06/19

"The role often seems like that a a very refined lady...which may be a Gigi-esque conceit. In Stritch’s work, there was the Stritch-like grit and grim. Her portrayal included the aspect of a hooker who’d amassed a fortune, not a grande dame. I liked it."

I don't know if it's a GIGI-esque conceit. Regardless, several of Mme. Armfeldt's lines indicate that she is supposed to be an ex-courtesan with good breeding and a tremendous amount of class -- which she developed in order to become a successful courtesan. I really don't think she's supposed to sound like a hard-bitten, caustic old lady with a gravelly voice. Stritch played Mme. Armfeldt as Elaine Stritch, and while there may have been a certain amount of pleasure and fascinating in that, it's not the character as written.
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