|Two Legends: |
Dame Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones
in the Australian production of Driving Miss Daisy (2013)
I find it understandable, though disconcerting as a theater lover, that all of the mass media articles I read about this achievement referred to her as "the star of Murder, She Wrote." And nearly every article went on to talk about her career in film. Then, almost as an after thought, came the sentence or two about her being a stage actress, most noting that she was in Sweeney Todd. Like I said, I understand it, since the vast majority of the country recognizes her from TV and movies. It is kind of sad, though, that theater isn't as recognized as it once was. When she started her stage career, she was a national star because of it - making the rounds on talk shows and game shows (her What's My Line? appearance is a riot!) Well, while I, too, am a fan of her TV and film career, today, I will honor the stage legend with a pictorial look at her Broadway career.
Brava, Dame Angela!
DAME ANGELA LANSBURY ON BROADWAY
^ - Drama Desk Nomination; # - Drama Desk Winner; + - Tony Award Nomination; * - Tony Award Winner
1957 - Hotel Paradiso
1960 - A Taste of Honey
1964 - Anyone Can Whistle
1966 - Mame *
1969 - Dear World *
1974 - Gypsy # *
1977 - The King and I ^
1979 - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street # *
1982 - A Little Family Business
1983 - Mame
2007 - Deuce +
2009 - Blithe Spirit # *
2009 - A Little Night Music ^ +
2012 - Gore Vidal's The Best Man ^
On a personal note, it seems only fitting that my 1,500th blog is a tribute to the very woman who inspired my love and passion for live theatre. She continues to inspire me. Thank you, Dame Angela.