Audra McDonald on Porgy and Bess, Dick Cavett on forgetting your lines, Frank Langella on villainy, and some movie palaces in decline.
Audra McDonald takes a cabaret break and Audra McDonald discusses the perceived racism of ‘Porgy and Bess’
McDonald has one of the best voices around, and has been well-received as Bess in the new production (the one that made Stephen Sondheim all worried). The second link above is, essentially, the second half of the interview.
Enough With the Agony, Already
From Dick Cavett: “You have somehow managed to get all the way to opening night, have gotten into make-up and costume and are standing in the wings awaiting your entrance when it suddenly hits you like a thunderbolt: you somehow forgot to learn your lines!”
Frank Langella On Acting, Aging And Being Very Bad
“These men who are monstrous, so to speak, are enormously, enormously rewarding to play — much more so than a good man.”
After the final curtain
Okay, these are movie palaces, but theaters are theaters. And these are a combination of breathtaking and bittersweet, because they’re not open anymore, and they’re just decomposing.