It’s one of the great musical roles, but Marianne in it music man was not even on Sutton FosterWish List.
“When they first approached me about three years ago to play it, my first response was ‘What? Why? “I didn’t understand. It just didn’t make sense to me,” the actress admitted on the latest episode of EW’s winner Audio notation. “I could probably have picked another 20 before I got there – but I guess that’s why she was also curious, that she wasn’t in my driver’s room.”
“I was so sure I was going to be fired,” she says. “I didn’t really know what it would be like.”
It turned out well, actually. Foster, who already has two Tony Awards to her name, received her seventh professional nomination for her work in production. It’s not the only one in winner Podcast: Joined by fellow candidates Jesse Williams (actor in a featured role, get me out), Tracy Letts (best play, Minutes), Camille A. Brown (theatrical and choreography director, For girls of color who have contemplated suicide / When the rainbow is Enuf), and Michael R. Jackson (musical and original book, strange episode).
While The Jackson Show—which has existed in various iterations and has been in development for about 16 years—has received the most nominations this year, with 11, that doesn’t mean all the feedback has been positive. He admits he has “some masochistic tendencies as I’ve read all the comments”, and many theater-goers who don’t have anything nice to say.
“I am obsessed with understanding How People think about things. I’m not interested what or what They think, but how,” Jackson explains. But the thing I learned, the more time I spent on all that chatting, was that it was just plain annoying. I’m feeding off the worst kind of comments, but the more time I spend there with people talking about me, the longer it takes… How Their ideas were not intellectually interesting to me.”
role williams get me out It marks not only his debut on Broadway, but also his first on stage, work that he says he found more liberating than television and film,” where she’ll say [the lines] One day and you’ll never say it again [them] Back in your life,” he says. I’m just starting to see it as a real opportunity to dig, build, and play… It’s still, frankly, a life lesson every night. You may have felt that this scene was unconventional. I might have felt like I just got out of there for a moment. I don’t beat myself up and leave the domino game in the next five scenes. I’m a rookie here. So these are those beginner mistakes, I imagine, but I love being a student and I love actively learning. I love feeling alive, processing new information, and asking questions. So this is a dream.”
Joan Marcos Jesse Williams in Take Me Out
Letts’ play Minutes He was one of those put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, but before production shut down everywhere, his show had been previewed in Chicago and won a Pulitzer Prize (his third to date). But the first thing he writes is he also acts on it. “There’s a weird bifurcated brain thing going on where I’m on the show, I’m playing the show, but I’m also familiar with the show as the show’s writer, player/director or something,” says the theater and screen veteran. “It’s a very strange situation to be in. I’ve never done it before. So it feels very new to me.”
Brown says the challenge to her revival, the first directed and designed by a black woman in 67 years (Katherine Dunham was the last), was what Ntozaki Chang’s beloved story was. “Even though it’s been 40 years since it was shown on Broadway, it was a movie, it’s had countless iterations,” Brown says. “So I first had to get out of my way because there’s a fear of, ‘Okay, what am I going to contribute to that?’ There were a lot of people who did that before me, what am I going to say? ‘ And I just had to remove that and go, ‘Kamil, just insert it the way you see poems and dive into it and speak your truth in it.’ So the challenge was getting out of my way and the stress of trying to do something pivotal like For girls of color. “
You can listen to the full episode of winner less. EW Senior Writer Maureen Lee Lineker joins host Gerrad Hall with her predictions in a few categories for the Tony Awards (which take place June 12), which are still hurtling this year.