September 16th, 2003

Downton Abbey - Sybil Crawley

B'way touring version

Hi. Newbie here. So I just saw the play (in Chicago, no less! Heh. I digress). Anyway. Sadly I had seen the movie first, which I love, and therefore lead to countless comparisons in the play (which I tried heartily to avoid). I loved Brenda Braxton as Velma, her voice was incredibly. Bianca had some kind of an odd twinge to her voice ::prepares self for endless beating-to-a-pulp that will undoubtedly ensue:: which sort of bothered me. Her acting was amazing, and I just felt that she had better acting than singing, however that is only a personal opinion. As for Marcia Lewis Brian as Mama...well because of her age, and looks (wow I am shallow), it was hard to imagine her as the sexual being that the song "When You're Good to Mama" describes. I have to say, my little sister and I shuddered when some of those lyrics were said. Also, her voice was kind of whiny and nasal as well. I know she originated the role on Broadway...maybe it is a hint that she should retire the role? Once again, personal opinion. (Sidenote: am I making an awful first impression on all you guys?) Gregory Harrison as Billy Flynn was beyond awesome. <3'ed him very much. All in all, the show was amazing. It is so cool the way the stage is so bare and it makes it a lot grittier, which brings out this whole other dynamic the flashiness of the movie doesn't give you. Heh. For those of you that have seen the show, I so totally bought the "not guilty" t-shirt, because it is awesomely awesome. It rocks my socks off! Anyways. Yes. These are my impressions of the stage show. I liked it a lot. The end. Heh.
~queenie