what about Julie Andrews? Shirley MacLaine? Rita Moreno? Gwen Verdon?
Posted by: Chazwaza 02:04 am EDT 04/16/24
In reply to: re: Why do you think Sweeney was unable to run without stars? - AlanScott 11:32 pm EDT 04/12/24

I bet Julie Andrews would have been a brilliant choice for the role. She'd have been the perfect age, about 45, a huge name, her return to Broadway. Of course she's British and trained to do Cockney, and she can handle comedy and drama.

I know it's likely she wouldn't have wanted to replace rather than originate, but I wonder if an offer was made or even discussed.

Shirley MacLaine, similar points. Of course she was very busy with films then, but of course she wouldn't have been had she decided to do a Broadway show. And perhaps just a 3-6 month stint wouldn't have interrupted her film career too badly. I don't know if she could do a Cockney accent (but that hasn't stopped some others from trying the role).

I wonder too about Rita Moreno... and if she could have done the accent. Otherwise I'd be interested to see what she does in the role. She'd have been about 49.

Gwen Verdon would have been interesting. She won a Tony already doing a bad British accent, so why not!

Had Madeline Kahn and Hal Prince not had such a rocky experience together 2 years earlier, she might have been an amazing Mrs. Lovett.
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