Tuesday, August 29, 2006

This week on WHAT THE FUCK?

Ashlee Simpson has started rehearsals for her London stage stint as Roxie Hart in Chicago. Is this some kind of bad joke? 21 year old Ashlee Simpson is going to deliver the line "I'm older than I ever intended to be"? In a city where she has no fanbase? SERIOUSLY?

8 comments:

Grouchbutt said...

If it's any consolation, the current Broadway revival threw in the towel and stooped to desperate stunt casting years ago. I heart Ashlee more than anyone else ever will or should, and I usually rush to defend her to the mockery and disdain of all, but this is bad. This is bad.

dicky greenleaf said...

Yes, Poppy, but perhaps her Roxie only intending living to sixteen years old.

chris said...

I'm highly against that little brat stepping a toe on any stage, but I have a thought on that line. I think it works for young or older...when Amy Spanger was Roxie, I took it to mean I've never expected to get this worn down and jaded, especially at my young age. Just my thought!

Limecrete said...

Well, there goes London's reputation of high culture.

Blood Ray said...

Personally, I think the entire Chicago revival wasn't a giant misstep from day one, but I seem to be in the minority with that opinion.

I've never quite understood how old Roxie really is supposed to be, though. Although the trend from the original production tends to generally cast Roxie as post-menopausal, I've always wondered if she's supposed to be a woman of that age or if a woman of that age is supposed to be playing someone much younger. The movie All That Jazz tends to make me think it's the latter.

Blood Ray said...

That comment should have read "was a giant misstep."

Grouchbutt said...

According to Mrs. G, who is one-stop shopping for 1920s-30s entertainment arcana, in the original play that inspired the musical, Roxie Hart is about 30 years old, which would have been ancient for an unmarried woman of the time.

dirk.mancuso said...

I seriously want to believe you are kidding...

...but someting tells me you aren't.