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Angela Lansbury's 'Blithe Spirt' Looking At Broadway

Aug 15 2014, 6:53pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Celebrity News

88-year-old Angela Lansbury's looking to appear on Broadway again, reprising the role of Madame Arcati in "Blithe Spirit."

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Angela Lansbury's 'Blithe Spirt' Looking At Broadway

Angela Lansbury may return to Broadway with the play, Blithe Spirit. Playbill remarks that the play marks the 88-year-old actress’s return to the London stage after almost 40 years.



In Blithe Spirit, Lansbury reprises her role of Madame Arcati, a clairvoyant whose connection to the dead creates a lot of drama for a husband and his second wife.

Writer Charles Condomine (Charles Edwards) and wife Ruth (Janie Dee) are at the seance to call up first wife Elvira (Jemima Rooper) and prove Arcati's a liar. Elvira's refusal to leave brings out Ruth's jealousy. The two wives "hatch plot and counter plot to sabotage each other's and Charles' existence," leaving a mess in the wake.

If the play returns to New York, Lansbury will be returning to role after an initial Broadway 2009 opening. And Blithe Spirit earned her a fifth Tony for Best Supporting Actress the same year.

The Telegraph observes that in London, Noël Coward's play was performed at West End's Gielgud Theatre from March 18 until June 7, with previews began March 1. Michel Blakemore directed.

While some of the younger actors felt tired, they couldn't really complain. Rooper even said, "Whenever you feel like you've got a bit of a headache and you can't be bothered, she's almost 90 and she's delivering every day."



So the London-born actress seems to still be going strong. "It was amazing. She didn't get any special treatment, she's a grafter."

Turns out Lansbury spoke to Express in March, talking about her family's strong constitution and how to survive so long.

"I have an inordinate amount of energy and I’ve got to expend it somehow. I always say there are two things in life that I know how to do – one is to keep house and the other one is to act."

Her mother Moyna MacGill was an actress that brought her daughter to America in 1940 and introduced the little girl to the world of films. Meanwhile, "my grandfather came from the East End and he was built like an iron man" so it's no surprise she's still sparkling, shining, and standing tall.

Mainly known as mystery writer turned investigator Jessica Fletcher in CBS's Murder, She Wrote, Landbury's been in the entertainment for over 70 years and even earned an honorary Oscar for the feat in 2013. Not to mention, Queen Elizabeth II appointed the actress as Dame Angela Lansbury in the 2014 New Year's Honors List.



During this winter, Octavia Spencer was attached to an NBC reboot of Murder, She Wrote, before the concept was scrapped. Spencer recently spoketo E! Online when promoting her new television show, Fox's Red Band Society.

She admitted, "You know, that would not have been the right fit for me." She also pointed out that a television series lead might be a very long contract.

"But when you're on a television show, it's a marriage and when you take that vow to be on a series for seven years, it should be something that you want to see and a character you want to learn about, and with a group of people that you want to see for the next seven years."

Needless to say, the reboot didn't happen and maybe that's for the best. Hollywood tends to reboot anything that's made money at some point and that doesn't necessarily work out well.



And why did the East Ender return to the stage in London as Madame Arcati?

"I think this is one of the best parts I’ve ever had in the theatre. If you’re that happy in a role you want to repeat it, and what better place to repeat it but in London – the place of its origins and mine."

New York, look out.

For a woman with Golden Globes, Emmys, and Tonys, she doesn't seem to be slowing down at all.

 

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