Will Elaine Stritch replace Angela Lansbury on Broadway in “A Little Night Music”?
It would seem to be impossible to replace five-time Tony winner Angela Lansbury in a musical on Broadway.
Unless that replacement is Elaine Stritch, a theater icon herself.
Stritch has confirmed to the New York Times that there are talks about her stepping into Lansbury’s role of Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music.
“Committing to eight shows a week would be a big thing for me, so it’s something that I have to carefully consider,” said Ms. Stritch, the Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress (“Company,” “A Delicate Balance”), who is 84.
“You can’t say it’s gonna happen, it has been talked about but I don’t know what’s gonna happen,” Ms. Stritch said in a telephone interview. “There are a few conditions, and they have to be met. And I’m not talking about money. But I won’t commit to eight shows a week without a few principles being met. It’s not really a negotiation; I’ve just explained what it would take for me to do it.” She declined to specify the conditions, and declined further comment.
In addition to Ms. Stritch, Bernadette Peters (“Gypsy,” “Annie Get Your Gun”) is under consideration to replace Catherine Zeta-Jones as Desirée Armfeldt this summer, according to a report on Friday morning on Playbill.com.
Elaine Stritch AND Bernadette Peters?
It’d be a sell out every night!