|re: Into the Woods dream casting for Cast #3, starting in 6 weeks? (wink)|
|Last Edit: Chazwaza 02:58 pm EDT 08/13/22|
|Posted by: Chazwaza 02:45 pm EDT 08/13/22|
|In reply to: re: Into the Woods dream casting for Cast #3, starting in 6 weeks? (wink) - dbdbdb 02:35 pm EDT 08/13/22|
|I'm also considering ages...
I do tend to think that Toni is now past the right age for Baker's Wife. But, not so far past that I wouldn't pay lots of money to see her do it. Yes! Bring us Toni as The Baker's Wife!
And for some of them I wanted to give them a chance to shine in roles that aren't what we're used to seeing them in, like Joaquina being fierce. And she's a great age for the Baker's Wife, more than The Witch.
I thought about Tonya but I also think she's a bit far beyond the age for The Witch.
I also think this production, and many many others, are stuck in this odd and, dare I say, problematic zone of consistently casting The Witch (angry/magical/funny/fierce wise mother) as a black woman and the Baker and Baker's Wife (the good protagonist couple, relatable every-man/woman, with heart, romance and parenting goals, who we root for) as white... I would normally not even think about this, these roles are not race specific in any way, but it's just that it happens SO much in major productions now, since the first revival did it, and this revival is on its 3rd round of hiring for these 3 roles and has again done it (well, BW was not re-cast until now, but still... 4 though, if you consider that Borle was the original hire for Baker, then NPH, then D'arcy James, now Mr. Block). And I'd really like to see this revival break that, even if only in casting #4 (including Encores cast, or does Borle make it official #5), if there is one.
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