Attack of the Broadway Autonomist
By Kevin Allison
Between Breakfast at Tiffanyâ€™s, Nathan Lane in The Nance, and the kicky dragapalooza Kinky Boots, this springâ€™s Broadway offerings seem particularly gay. Like, unprecedentedly gay. Still, weâ€™re placing our bets on a trio of more self-involved productions, all of which feature a single star bogarting the spotlight. Bravo, you monologuing overachievers!
The Divine Miss M
Bette Midler last blew the lid off Broadway 30 years ago. Now sheâ€™s returned in Iâ€™ll Eat You Last as 1970s Hollywood agent and stoner Sue Mengers, the one-time Svengali to Babs and Cher. (Opens April 24)
Why Sheâ€™s Worthy: If sheâ€™s half as crass and dishy as the real Mengers was, Bette can chomp all the scenery she wants.
Why Sheâ€™s Worthy: This post-crucifixion downer would be too much for a virgin, but Shaw + grief = a match made in heaven.
Why Heâ€™s Worthy: As an oversharing nutcase locked up in a loony bin, Cumming inhabits the witches, Dude Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, and the rest of Shakespeareâ€™s motley crew. Itâ€™s like American Horry Story: Asylum, but for the PBS set!