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inallyourfantasies:

Apparently Judi Dench got bored one day and they created a Les Mis barricade character for her in  May 2004 for just one performance.

Holy shit that must have  been hilarious to see.

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Dame Judi Dench in Les Mis (May 2004)

"As the show started, the announcement was made: ‘At tonight’s performance the role of Javert will be played by Nic Greenshields, the role of Enjolras will be played by Alexis James, and in Act Two in the barricade scene Dame Judi Dench will appear as Madam Lafarge’.

"And, indeed, Dame Judi appeared in a suitably drab costume and mob-cap. She handed some ammunition up the barricade; she helped tie Javert to the chair; she was then hit by a flying bullet and sank dramatically over a table and was then helped offstage by one of the chorus. In total - say just under two minutes onstage!

"Dame Judi is appearing in the theatre next door and apparently has some 45 minutes between scenes. Yesterday she popped next door and said it would be fun if she could walk on at the start of the barricade scene since she had the time available and is a great fan of ‘Les Mis’. They had a quick five minute rehearsal between shows yesterday and tonight - on she went."
(source including more photos)
(eta: she would have been on stage for a little more than two minutes for all of that though, even assuming she got ‘wounded’ during the First Attack)

(Source: thesecretyouknow, via norbertleosbutt)

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"You’re alive," I whisper, pressing my palms against my cheeks, feeling the smile that’s so wide it must look like a grimace. Peeta’s alive. And a traitor. But at the moment, I don’t care. Not what he says, or who he says it for, only that he is still capable of speech.

(Source: hundredlifetimes, via selfaggrandizingbastard)

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I think of that, too: her mind. Her brain, all those coils, and her thoughts shuttling through those coils like fast, frantic centipedes. Like a child, I picture opening her skull, unspooling her brain and sifting through it, trying to catch and pin down her thoughts. What are you thinking, Amy?

— Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

(Source: hermione, via sebeastian-stan)

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Never-ending List of Favorite Stage Performances - Patti LuPone as “Rose” in Gypsy

Heart-pounding.  Those are the best words I can think of to describe Patti LuPone as Rose in Gypsy.  Her performance was exhilarating from start to finish.  Maybe it’s because I grew up around a lot of dance moms, but her Rose was terrifying in her single-minded life purpose.  I ached for her children, especially Louise.  She was loud and selfish.  And even if I had not been a fan of her performance, the last ten minutes of the show, from “Rose’s Turn” through the final scene with Louise, had me on the edge of my seat.  LuPone sent my heart racing as I watched her intense downward spiral.  She is, by far, one of the greats.

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Never-ending List of Favorite Stage Performances - James Corden as “Francis Henshall" in One Man, Two Guvnors

No one has made me laugh as hard in the theater, or maybe ever, as James Corden did in One Man, Two Guvnors.  His performance was a master class in the art of farce.  Full of misunderstandings, hilarious monologues, running bits, and prat falls, Corden threw his everything into that performance.  So much so that he was dripping in sweat by the end.  Throw in some sandwich adlibs, and he had the audience eating out of the palm of his hand.  He was brilliant at comedic timing and physicality.  That one performance turned me into a fan.  I can’t wait to see what he does next.

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Never-ending List of Favorite Stage Performances - Bernadette Peters as “Desiree Armfeldt” in A Little Night Music

I went into A Little Night Music knowing almost nothing, except for the song “Send in the Clowns.”  Almost everyone I talked to about the show told me how wonderful the casting of Bernadette Peters as Desiree would be.  She’s Bernadette, so I knew she would be great.  What I saw bowled me over.  As a lifelong Bernadette fan, I was surprised by how seamlessly she became the role.  I lost sight of “Bernadette” and became completely engrossed by “Desiree.”  The whole performance was sassy and dynamic and wounded (in a good way), and “Send in the Clowns,” and her tears throughout, was one of the most moving pieces of theater I have ever seen.

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playbill:

Happy Birthday Kelli O’Hara!

Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara was born on April 16. Find out more about her career in the Playbill Vault.

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applebottomclaudiajeans:

I laughed and then I cried.

applebottomclaudiajeans:

I laughed and then I cried.

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Never-ending List of Favorite Stage Performances - Dianne Wiest as “Kate Keller” in All My Sons

Every once in a while, theater leaves you with a tableau that you carry on with you, that you remember in years to come, that you come to identify with the play.  For me, one of those is Dianne Wiest, rocking herself in a chair downstage right, sobbing as her heart breaks when the truth comes out about her husband and son.  It was a devastating moment of theater.  Powerful in that I felt her grief in my bones.  I wanted to run away from her and reach out and hug her all at the same time.  Her entire performance was similar.  She was a desperate, oddball of a woman, desperately trying to deal with loss (or not deal with it) and hold her family together.  It was one of the most captivating performances I have ever seen.