Don't judge a book by its cover, or by its TV appearances.
By Ali Gordon
In my effort to be more accepting and less snarky about people putting their work out into the world (see last week's post), I'm going to fess up to something I was completely wrong about.
Every time someone famous steps into a role on Broadway, I'm wary. Like... roll my eyes wary. In my defense, I do have good reason! I have been betrayed before. I've seen David Hasselhoff in Jekyll and Hyde, and we all saw Catherine Zeta-Jones ride the Whiplash Roller Coaster, so I know my fear is grounded in some sort of reality.
And I am ashamed to say I thought the same of Jane Lynch stepping in as Miss Hannigan. I like Jane Lynch. I like her A LOT. Who doesn't like her? But I am so conditioned to acting like, "uuughhhh TV stars on MY Broadway?" that I didn't give her a fair shake. And ladies and gentlemen, I am publicly eating my words.
I had the pleasure and honor of attending the Tony Awards live this year at Radio City for the first time in my life. In the excitement, I forgot that Annie was performing, and I definitely forgot that Jane Lynch was now in the show. When she stepped out on stage my heart skipped a beat. Whoops... here comes that familiar feeling of "holier than thou" snark.
"Let's see how this pans out," I whisper to my friend beside me.
She was arguably my favorite moment of the evening. What a surprise! What a delight! WHAT VIBRATO! I die for all of it! The placement, the attitude, the bizarre head-voice choices... I'm buying! I'm buying everything you're selling, Jane Lynch! Hell... I'm buying tickets to see Annie!
(Skip to 1:21!)
And it's no surprise she's so good - listen to the passion she has for the role, as well as how respectful she is of Broadway as a whole.
When I'm wrong, I'm wrong, and I'm gonna fess up. This is me fessing up. And this is me being ashamed I doubted her. You GO, girl!
However, here's one man I don't feel so bad laughing at...
I didn't make this image (and can't find who to credit - help me find this genius!) but please enjoy...
Kenny Boots... I mean... ALI GORDON
is an actress, writer, comedian, optimist, and waffle enthusiast. Most frequently she can be heard doing funny voices. www.ali-gordon.com
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