There was something in the way that Rosalie Craig said "beautiful" when he spoke of one of his future leading men in the musical company of Stephen Sondheim, altered by gender.
The exchange means that Rosalie interprets a woman without emotional commitments who, on her 35th birthday, re-evaluates her relationships with her married friends and her friends.
Except when Sondheim wrote that brief description of his musical seminal, the woman in question was a man.
Bobby has become Bobbi in a long-awaited contemporary version of the 1970 Sond-heim show (written with George Furth) that has been changed by the director Marianne Elliott, with the blessing of Sondheim.
Elliott told me that Sondheim sent him so many changes of lyrics that this company should really be called a "new" musical.
In the photo: Rosalie Craig stars in a new version of the musical company Stephen Sondheim, altered by the genre
It is the first major production in London since Adrian Lester played Bobby for Sam Mendes at the Donmar Warehouse in 1995.
Rosalie played Bobbi in a workshop that was filmed and delivered in Sondheim. The only number I heard him doing is Being Alive, which was great.
The new tilt in the program means that Bobby's beauties have now turned into Bobbi's conquests, and Rosalie is very happy about that.
For example, the elegant actor Richard Fleeshman will play Andy, an air hostess Bobbi picked up. (In the original, Andy was Amy.)
Andy is the first to admit that his brain is not the most impressive thing about him.
"But he's beautiful," Rosalie said, savoring that word while fanning herself jokingly, and her gray-green eyes lit up.
"I do not think Richard Fleeshman is offended at being cast because he's beautiful," Rosalie added (that word again) with a smile, as she devoured a tomato salad at the Somerset House Spring restaurant in London.
The elegant actor Richard Fleeshman (pictured) will play Andy in the musical
"It's about a woman who is having a great time." It is celebrating, in the style of Sex And The City, a woman who goes out to lunch and has a good time.
Go out for a drink and have a good time. Go to bed with handsome men and have a good time, "said Rosalie on Company, which will be presented in Gielgud from September 26.
There is a #MeToo feeling about the modified piece, but it is not a sermon, he stressed. At the end of the day, & # 39; Sondheim and George Furth wrote a hilarious musical comedy & # 39;
Rosalie was in the first iteration, in the Curve in Leicester, of the musical problem Finding Neverland, before Gary Barlow and James Graham were involved.
The producer of that program turned out to be Harvey Weinstein.
"I consider myself very fortunate to be able to say that we never had a conversation about anything other than work," said the actress, who lives with her husband Hadley Fraser and their 18-month-old daughter in southeast London.
& # 39; There would be phone calls at all hours of the day and night. He is a man who does not sleep.
Patti LuPone, the Broadway star whom Elliott and her producing partner Chris Harper have seduced to play the scathing Joanne (her signature song is Ladies Who Lunch) is also great at #MeToo.
"Patti says:" We're going to reign again! We'll be goddesses again! "Rosalie said," I'd like you to be sitting here so I can explain what you want to say. "
I think one of the points that LuPone was making had to do with opportunities for women on stage and screen.
He had grown tired of always working for male directors, and took the opportunity to be in the production of Elliott's Company, as was Rosalie.
She and Elliott had worked together in The Light Princess at the National Theater. Her performance earned her the best actress trophy at the Evening Standard Awards.
Rosalie was pregnant and appeared in The Threepenny Opera in the NT when she stumbled upon Elliott.
The director wanted to know if Rosalie thought it would be a good idea to turn Bobby into Bobbi. The actress did it.
A few weeks went by and Rosalie said to Elliott, "Who are you going to be able to play Bobbi? & # 39; And she replied: & # 39; You & # 39;
Elliott loved Rosalie because she needed a powerful Bobbi who could act as well as she could sing.
Rosalie is not limited to musicals. She was in Jez Butterworth's acclaimed The Ferryman and recently completed a role in director Julian Jarrold's film, Sulfur And White, based on the autobiography of childhood abuse survivor David Tait.
For now, however, he is preparing to work with the company company when trials begin next month.
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The main character, a famous actor (fictional), now deceased, is played by the star of Game Of Thrones, Kit Harington.
The photo was filmed last year, but its release has stalled for legal reasons.
Thandie Newton (pictured) plays a "Kate Adie war correspondent" in director Xavier Dolan's new film, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan
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The design team of My Fair Lady has "measured" a couple of theaters in London, even though the show will not travel here until the end of 2019, at the earliest.
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Jessica Chastain (pictured) will star Seduct Ingrid Bergman