All Black Cast of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"

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  1. jorod74

    jorod74 Psycholagnist (Ret.)

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    Just saw this on Headline News about an all black cast of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" on Broadway.
    I love this play- seen the movie, been to 2 productions at our state Shakespearian festival; and this production just thrills me just by how the dynamic changes. Mrs. Huxtable herself playing the mother and Darth Vader (Mr. James Earl Jones) as Big Daddy seems awesome.

    as a lit/theater fan, i like the idea of turning old south theater or material around like this.
     
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    Uh, what?...
     
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    I see what Jorod is saying. He is interested in the changing dynamic of having an all-black cast of the play. Actually, I could care less about the ethicity, it would just be cool to see JEJ live in theater.

    Montgomery Shakespearre Festival, right Jorod?
     
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    Anyone else read it at first as "All black Cats of Cat on a hot tin roof"?
     
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    No, but my first thought was what is New Zealand's national Rubgy Union team doing in a stage musical?
     
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    i dub thee, jorod74 unofficial translator.
     
  7. jorod74

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    yeah, The ASF there in Capitol City.

    i was just pointing out that something like this is not only good -the report did say that only 6 percent of broadway audiences were black and the trend will continue to be on the upswing- it changes the perspective of the material. it is no different from that Leonardo DiCaprio version of Romeo and Juliet or any recent "modernization" of shakespeare so that there is a connection with the younger or target audience.

    As much as I loved "To Kill a Mockingbird" with Gregory Peck, i was fortunate enough to see a production at the ASF that i fell in love with because they tweaked elements to perfection. In the movie, it seemed like Atticus was larger, much larger than life itself and so the relationship with Scout suffered. But the man playing the role at the ASF was earthy and smaller. he carried himself well, but was within reach of his child.
    and the relationship meant more to me.

    this the point i was making about this version of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."

    and why do people act surprised- men in Shakespeare's day played all roles, regardless of character's gender. so this little twist isn't a shocker, just a good change.
    peace.

    thanks, for the unofficial job, i think.
     
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