|Close was electric in LA|
|Posted by: bobby2 09:54 pm EDT 08/26/19|
|In reply to: re: Some early reviews noted that the score eliminated too many perfect choices. - EvFoDr 03:12 pm EDT 08/26/19|
|I've never seen anything like it. Her vocal deficits whatever they were didn't matter because she brought such an amazing madness and an antic comedy to the role. (I've never seen anybody else get as many laughs from it. Even Close in the revival couldn't do it.)
She just connected with that role so deeply like with Fatal Attraction that it was just stunning. Makes me wonder if Dunaway could have brought that hysteria to it.
By the time it got to NYC the first time she was a bit 'big" but those first few months in LA were unlike anything I've ever witnessed on stage. Shear brilliance.
One thing that I think that gets distorted in Patti's whole stuff about how a movie star swept in and stole her role is that Close was in a career slump at this time. I doubt ALW ever thought in a million years that Close a faltering movie star who hadn't had a hit in a few years would give a more acclaimed performance than the woman who dazzled as Evita.
I always felt Close did the role in LA (where she didn't live) in order to try and restart her film career. Being away from the New York spotlight probably enabled her to give a bold take on the role........and it worked.
Close's trips up and down those stairs was a show in itself. It was like she came up with a mood for each one and each trip was like a little one act play.
Plus she took the curtain call in character. Never broke. She bowed as the desperate Norma bowing to her people out there in the dark. Excellent.
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