Thursday, April 17, 2008

Cool 'cats' on a hot tin roof

NYC -- Of all the stars appearing in "Creative Conversations" here during the annual spring marketing conference of The Broadway League, can you guess which one provokes a "visceral reaction" from his cast mates?

Yep, James Earl Jones.

His co-star Anika Noni Rose, who won a 2004 Tony for her role in Caroline or Change, said "That voice just goes right through me ..."

Here are some other comments yesterday from Rose, director Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad, who plays Big Mama in this African-American revival of the Tennessee Williams' classic Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

"In my eyes, [Jones] is the youngest actor on the stage. I delight in that. I delight in that every day."

"Tennessee changed things all the time. He's in the theater every night smiling down at us."

"It's not just a battle. It's a battle that has to go someplace. It's like good lovemaking."

"I think it's a wonderful thing to have a female director come in and take hold of this. The piece is so feminine. [Having a female director] serves the play."

"I think it's important that the director be good, be insightful, be flexible, and we have that. We have the best of the best."

Check back soon for more creative conversations at the annual conference of The Broadway League. -- Michael K

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