Truth: I loved you the minute you set foot on stage in Rob Ashford’s revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The very minute.
I’d like to say that’s because I have some kind of radar-for-awesome or otherworldly instincts about theatrical talent. The reality is, though, that in your Hedy LaRue costume—that beehive!—you are a dead ringer for my grandmother. Or. My grandmother as she was in 1961.
Then you got to work and I really loved you.
Your daffy bombshell Hedy, who walked kinda funny and talked kinda funny but knew herself so well, and stayed true to herself throughout, was a surprise highlight in a production where so much energy was so focused on Harry Potter himself. Hedy leapt off the stage in 3D, standing in stark contrast to the largely flat production surrounding her.
We’ve said it before (like two days ago) and we’ll say it again—it takes a pretty smart broad to play dumb and you did so with aplomb. So no matter what happens Sunday night, you’ve already won the biggest award we can give—the Tony of My Heart. Congrats. Can’t wait to see what you do next.
Photo: Steve Mack