November 18, 2012

"The fact is with a musical you can't have an ounce of cynicism, and I do have a bit, I suppose."

"I have never had to worry much about the emotional arc thing before."

Jennifer Saunders, the creator of "Absolutely Fabulous," talking about her new musical, which is based on the songs of The Spice Girls.

Meanwhile, in Milwaukee: "The Sound of Music."
With all due respect to Julie Andrews' matchless soprano and iconic performance, [24-year-old Elizabeth] Telford's Maria therefore gets closer to what this show is really about — and why Maria is irresistible, to the Captain and to us.

While Andrews opens by gracefully twirling through the countryside, a much earthier Telford - with fuller, less angular features and an unruly mop of hair - moves with an ungainly, off-kilter physicality, reinforced by flailing arms and legs reflecting her irrepressible and untutored joy....

12 comments:

campy said...

fuller, less angular features and an unruly mop of hair - moves with an ungainly, off-kilter physicality, reinforced by flailing arms and legs reflecting her irrepressible and untutored joy....

Oh my. Some serious euphemizing going on here.

caplight45 said...

"Telford - with fuller, less angular features and an unruly mop of hair - moves with an ungainly, off-kilter physicality, reinforced by flailing arms and legs reflecting her irrepressible and untutored joy...."

Minus the "unruly mop of hair," kind of sounds like me preaching a sermon.

edutcher said...

The music of the Spice Girls?

I somehow think the shades of Rodgers and Hammerstein, the Gershwins, and Cole Porter are not concerned.

PS I think he means built, wrt Miss Telford.

EMD said...

A musical with a healthy dose of cynicism

Carol said...

I always thought Julie Andrews was too old to play Maria. She seems more like Miss Jane Hathaway than Maria.

ricpic said...

Hasn't cynicism, or at least an unsunny view of things, as pioneered by Stephen Sondheim, been an integral part of many musicals for decades?

Strelnikov said...

And I fully expect Milwaukee to easily exceed Salzburg as a setting. To about the same degree Telford will Andrews.

William said...

I was hoping someone would rip the scab off the Spice Girls and reveal the oozing pus beneath. We'll have to wait for a later generation to tell the dark truth about this so called pop singing group.

Rusty said...


I always thought Bulgakovs' The Master and Margarita would make a nice musical. Staged in Chicago. The political corruption there is truly satanic.

Titus said...

Love her, of course.

tits.

Don said...

I recall seeing a similarly produced (and excellent) staging of the show in August 1989.

I noted the unique timing that, while on stage the von Trapp family was leaving Austria to escape a German dictator, the East Germans were traveling from Hungary into Austria to escape a[n East] German dictator.

EFB said...

Her (with Dawn French) satirical music videos skewering Madonna, Bjork and Alanis Morisette etc. are absolutely hysterical. And though Posh Spice has appeared on Ab Fab, I expect her to do the same to the Spice Girls. I don't think a musical can be made without a healthy dose of cynicism - especially if you're relying on Spice Girls music. A musical that takes itself too seriously would be unwatchable.