Beyonce Heads To Broadway

Beyonce I think it is safe to assume that when Dreamgirls was first released Beyonce thought the movie would bring her the validation as an actress she so desperately craved. Unfortunately, her performance was panned and Jennifer Hudson walked away with the accolades and the Oscar. Never one to stay down for long, Beyonce flung herself back into her music, recording a whole new album, 8 new videos and launching a world tour. Many assumed Bey had taken the hint and would stay out of the acting world and instead focus on her true gift- music.

Well, whoever thought that clearly underestimated how driven our sista is. It appears Miss Bey has not abandoned all thoughts of acting and just like Toni Braxton, Deborah Cox, Michelle Williams and Fantasia- is heading to Broadway. But you know Beyonce wouldn’t hit the great white way for just any production, she is reportedly in talks to star as Maggie in an all Black production of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof which is being directed by Debbie Allen.

However, you know things cannot be so simple when Beyonce is involved. Broadway veteran Audra McDonald had apparently already been cast in the role but was booted by producers who wanted a bigger name to play the role of the seductive Maggie (The Cat).

Word is LL Cool J will be cast as Brick, a role originally played by Paul Newman. Elizabeth Taylor who played Maggie won an Oscar for her role.

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  1. *says a little prayer*

    I admire Beyonce’s work ethic, I do, but I honestly do not feel she is a good actress. And for her to take on Tennessee Williams!?!?! :bag: Lord have mercy, if she can do it then God bless her, but Audra McDonald had the role originally? She’s got some MIGHTY BIG SHOES to fill.

    *goes and rents film version of play with Paul Newman and Liz Taylor*

  2. I Love ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ I really wish her well. Maggie is quite a role. I hope she can really pull it off. I hope she take this opportunity to shine.

  3. Wait. What? I always give Beyonce credit as a fashionista, singer and her amazing marketability, but I draw the line at Broadway and outright scream at her taking on Maggie (yes, I am a fan of Liz Taylor’s performance).

    I saw Dreamgirls – literally nine times in the theaters because it will never render well on a television set (acoustics are too powerful). The cast was outstanding! But Bey simply didn’t perform as I expected.

    Beyonce’s face eats the screen. (Stans, that is a compliment because when she is on screen you can’t take your eyes off of her!) But after the first time I watched it, I realized all she had going for her were her looks. When it came to acting, she was dull. You lost sight of her when she shared the screen with anyone else with real talent.

    I will say that she definitely has the voice for Broadway – let’s all face it, that chick can sing her butt off! But she has to prove that she has theatrical – make that, Broadway – skills. On Broadway you can’t cut to camera two for your best feature (looks), you have to “bring it” with true acting talent.

    But hey, I’m just an old school fan of theater, true talent, and entertainment. I know Beyonce will sell hella tickets! And I’m rooting for her to do well. But this is almost a set up, she’s no Audra by a long shot and you know the critics will pan her if she is less than stellar.
    So I hope she hits the acting classes big time to get real skills. It sucks that true talent has to be dropped in order to secure a big name, but that is just the way it is sometimes.

  4. Oh boy here we go again. Fantasia is on Broadway and so is Michelle. Not one person questioned their ability to act even though Fantasia’s acting was criticized in her Lifetime special. And poor Michelle has the personality of an ant but she is portraying Shug Avery, a role that if nothing else requires personality and stage presence which she has none of.

    Beyonce can play Maggie and convincingly. No she didn’t get rave reviews in Dreamgirls but she held her own. I hope she gets the role of Maggie and blows it away. No hating from me. I wish her luck.

  5. Sorry to offend jersey_girl, I used to be Bey’s #1 fan and I still think she is a gifted singer and a beauty in pictures. But even as a fan I recognized her performance on screen was nothing to write home about.

    I don’t want her to be the ridicule of critics because Broadway is so different from film/TV. Like I said, she has the voice and I’m hoping she does well because if she does get this part (Audra was booted and Audra is the bomb!) she definitely has to “bring it.”

  6. Beyonce will do just fine! I can’t wait to see it :brownsista:

  7. Jersey girl lol here! Look at the difference between the roles Fanny and michele there Musicals so predominately their singing.”Bey role is full on acting there is no singing

    when she did “Dream Girls” she claimed she had an acting coach if that’s what she brought to the screen i’m scared to ask what well she bring to the stage. :stop:

    Sometimes Tuner Movie Channel shows Cat on a hot tin roof! Check it out it ‘s areally good movie

  8. She get’s work even in a depression, lol. WOW it’s amazing, she gets more work than anybody out there. Must be nice. It’ll do good cause it’s her, they won’t say anything bad about it. Sounds like the script is gonna be terrible. But she wants a Tony since she got no Oscar.

  9. Wow, this girl just won’t stop. She is very ambitious. I just hope that she does this for the passion of it and let her work speak for itself. She should not go into this with the idea of winning a Tony award. Acting in movies is totally different from being on a Broadway stage. Totally different.

    :brownsista:

  10. Pretty Parker and Vaye,

    I agree. I hope Bee get her acting classes on and KICK BUTT!

    I dind’t think she did bad on dream girls. I liked her role. But I loved Jen Hud! 🙂

    In all I know Bee will do well! 🙂

  11. No! If this were a Musical I would have no complaints – but this is full fledege ACTING!

    The original cast dropped out of it and the rest are going to be replaced –

    NY POST
    April 11, 2007 — A Broadway revival of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” with an all-black cast headed by Oscar winner Forest Whitaker as Big Daddy has im ploded – the result, theater sources say, of “inexperienced, inept and insane” producing.

    The revival, which was to have opened in the fall, would also have starred Phylicia Rashad (Big Mamma), Audra McDonald (Maggie) and Anthony Mackie (Brick). It was to have been directed by Kenny Leon, who staged the hit production of “A Raisin in the Sun” starring Sean Combs.

    But two weeks ago, Leon and Whitaker pulled out of the project after repeatedly clashing with the producers, a group of extremely wealthy hedge-fund managers with no previous theatrical experience.

    Whitaker, says a source, was annoyed to learn that the producers, tired of waiting for him to sign his contract, were threatening to replace him with Danny Glover.

    Leon, meanwhile, was fuming that the producers were second-guessing his casting. They called McDonald a “regional theater actress” (her four Tony Awards notwithstanding) and were trying to replace her with either Whitney Houston or Beyoncé.

    “It was just insane stuff,” says a source. “Beyoncé might look good in a slip, but then she has to act. They couldn’t grasp that.”

    Once Leon was out, Rashad, who won the Tony for her performance in “A Raisin in the Sun,” and Mackie, a handsome young actor much adored by the critics, quit the production as well, sources say.

    “Everybody’s glad to be out of it,” one person says. “It’s a mess.”

    The producers could not be reached for comment yesterday. But sources say they haven’t given up on the revival, and have now turned to choreographer Debbie Allen – Rashad’s sister – to direct.

    There’s no cast yet, but Allen had better get moving. Sources say the producers’ option on the play expires at the end of the year, and I hear the Tennessee Williams’ estate would like nothing more than for “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” to pass into the hands of experienced producers.

    If they mess up my Tennessee Williams Ima have an issue!

  12. Damn next thing you know you want be able to see a good movie without seeing the same damn people everywhere. It is nerve racking.

  13. Congratulations on the role and that’s good she could land this part. I hope she is able to do a good job. But this is typical behavior from Beyonce. Since a lot of people don’t think that she can act she is trying to prove that she can. Beyonce is going to eventually hurt her own career with this type of childish, immature, irrational behavior. That’s the reason a lot of previous stans no longer care for her because she tried to force B-day 2 times and Dream Girls down their throats. But when the final products were finished they figured out Beyonce was over-hyped and did not produce the way she had marketed herself and it was a money and numbers gimmick. She needs to realize that she can’t force people to like and accept her. That’s why I say she has low self esteem. I am beginning to feel sorry for her. There is nothing wrong with following your dreams but when you are doing something just for a name, to block others, and for anothers approval then it becomes a mental issue.

  14. I didn’t see Dreamgirls in the movie..I waited until it came out on DVD, and I was surprise at Beyonce’s acting skills..(she has none)..I said to my friend, sometimes I couldn’t understand her..her words are not clear and she has no body language..

    Beyonce must realize that on Broadway..you have to speak clear and make people understand you.

    I wish she gets an acting coach, as well as, a speaking coach…

  15. AND SO IT BEGINS—-expectations,drama,etc. All the elements that keep people like Beyonce in the limelight,while real talent (actors in this case) or more deserving people are keep in the shadows. Beyonce better bring it or she will prove once again
    that minus the singing & drama—-she is all illusion & good PR.

  16. [quote comment=”7527″] The original cast dropped out of it and the rest are going to be replaced –

    NY POST
    April 11, 2007 — A Broadway revival of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” with an all-black cast headed by Oscar winner Forest Whitaker as Big Daddy has im ploded – the result, theater sources say, of “inexperienced, inept and insane” producing.

    The revival, which was to have opened in the fall, would also have starred Phylicia Rashad (Big Mamma), Audra McDonald (Maggie) and Anthony Mackie (Brick). It was to have been directed by Kenny Leon, who staged the hit production of “A Raisin in the Sun” starring Sean Combs. [/quote]

    Thank you KSH for referencing that article. There is no doubt that a cast with Forest Whitaker, Phylicia Rashad AND Audra McDonald would have earned Tony nods and filled seats. It is safe to say the producers may have the money, but obviously do not have the experience to handle theatrical productions.

  17. [quote comment=”7541″][quote comment=”7527″] The original cast dropped out of it and the rest are going to be replaced –

    NY POST
    April 11, 2007 — A Broadway revival of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” with an all-black cast headed by Oscar winner Forest Whitaker as Big Daddy has im ploded – the result, theater sources say, of “inexperienced, inept and insane” producing.

    The revival, which was to have opened in the fall, would also have starred Phylicia Rashad (Big Mamma), Audra McDonald (Maggie) and Anthony Mackie (Brick). It was to have been directed by Kenny Leon, who staged the hit production of “A Raisin in the Sun” starring Sean Combs. [/quote]

    Thank you KSH for referencing that article. There is no doubt that a cast with Forest Whitaker, Phylicia Rashad AND Audra McDonald would have earned Tony nods and filled seats. It is safe to say the producers may have the money, but obviously do not have the experience to handle theatrical productions.[/quote]

    So pretty much Bee doing this role is left over’s for her?

  18. [quote comment=”7494″]Oh boy here we go again. Fantasia is on Broadway and so is Michelle.[/quote]

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is not a musical. Unless Debbie Allen is going to make it into one, to which I say, Tennessee Williams might just roll over in his grave…again. 🙁

    Please, those who haven’t seen it, rent the movie or rent the stage play and ‘SEE’ what great expectations ALL (directors/actors/super starruhs) have to live up to with this work. Tennessee Williams is America’s Shakespeare; his work won Noble Peace Prizes! The characters in his works are not to be taken lightly. Beyonce (and even LL if he’s really cast as Brick [read this somewhere]) will truly, truly have to step up.

    @KSH, thanks for the article.

    And off the cuff, let me just say that I think Anthony Mackie is a WONDERFUL young actor…I love him! 😆

  19. I can not believe this. :noway: I LOVE this movie! Why!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. I long for the days of getting introduced to ‘unknowns’ for something fresh and new. :brownsista:
    Plus some remakes need to be left alone. I do not believe that the original can ever be topped.

  20. Madame Zenobia:

    You are dead on it! If you love theater & American literature you would understand why someone would say “ugh” to Beyonce as Maggie!

    That is just not that kind of drama.

    Anthony Mackie is my heart! That is my new Denzel right there.

  21. OMG! I’m sorry but I will be glad when we get some new blood, a fresh face. I’v really had enough of her 🙄

  22. [quote comment=”7529″]Congratulations on the role and that’s good she could land this part. I hope she is able to do a good job. But this is typical behavior from Beyonce. Since a lot of people don’t think that she can act she is trying to prove that she can. Beyonce is going to eventually hurt her own career with this type of childish, immature, irrational behavior. That’s the reason a lot of previous stans no longer care for her because she tried to force B-day 2 times and Dream Girls down their throats. But when the final products were finished they figured out Beyonce was over-hyped and did not produce the way she had marketed herself and it was a money and numbers gimmick. She needs to realize that she can’t force people to like and accept her. That’s why I say she has low self esteem. I am beginning to feel sorry for her. There is nothing wrong with following your dreams but when you are doing something just for a name, to block others, and for anothers approval then it becomes a mental issue.[/quote]

    Good Post! :iagree:

  23. [quote comment=”7493″]Wait. What? I always give Beyonce credit as a fashionista, singer and her amazing marketability, but I draw the line at Broadway and outright scream at her taking on Maggie (yes, I am a fan of Liz Taylor’s performance).

    I saw Dreamgirls – literally nine times in the theaters because it will never render well on a television set (acoustics are too powerful). The cast was outstanding! But Bey simply didn’t perform as I expected.

    Beyonce’s face eats the screen. (Stans, that is a compliment because when she is on screen you can’t take your eyes off of her!) But after the first time I watched it, I realized all she had going for her were her looks. When it came to acting, she was dull. You lost sight of her when she shared the screen with anyone else with real talent.

    I will say that she definitely has the voice for Broadway – let’s all face it, that chick can sing her butt off! But she has to prove that she has theatrical – make that, Broadway – skills. On Broadway you can’t cut to camera two for your best feature (looks), you have to “bring it” with true acting talent.

    But hey, I’m just an old school fan of theater, true talent, and entertainment. I know Beyonce will sell hella tickets! And I’m rooting for her to do well. But this is almost a set up, she’s no Audra by a long shot and you know the critics will pan her if she is less than stellar.
    So I hope she hits the acting classes big time to get real skills. It sucks that true talent has to be dropped in order to secure a big name, but that is just the way it is sometimes.[/quote]

    I agree all the way until you mentioned Dreamgirls Beyonce looked too skinny, and I know it was and “old school classic” type of movie but her makeup and hair were horrible!!! She has a cute face but she is far from beautiful. And I agree she should not do the Broadway thing. I don’t care for her as a singer anymore but acting HECK NO! That’s even worse! She just needs to go away for a while. I know people love her but people are beginning to despise her b/c people call it hate but that’s far from the truth its more like you cute, with an ok voice but talented I don’t think so. I can’t appreciate her voice b/c her songs are garbage! I know she wants to pile up as much money as she can, she said herself by 30 she wants to retire. But she is playing ever last fan she has in a major way. The whole truth about Beyonce will show its ugly face before then I’m sure. But in the meantime she is collecting dough like a mofo!!! Just not my money! I don’t like Diana Ross and to me Beyonce is a new generation Diana!

  24. Perfect role for her, she should also consider playing the lead Barbarella in Robert Rodriguez remake of the film.

  25. She is spoiled, greedy, and selfish and will step on anybodies toes to get what she wants. She has no passion for acting; she just wants to add another notch to her belt. She is desperate to dominate the entertainment world (which her father stated two years ago that he wants to happen) and wants to be rewarded for everything that she does. Even if she gets this part, it will not guarantee her the Tony award that she desperately wants.

    Look at her pattern, she stole the Pink Panther movie role from Gabrielle Union, she said she would only do the role of Deena if the producers promised that they would not let anyone else audition for the part, she told Spots Illustrated that she would not do the photo shoot or interview if she could not model her mother’s bathing suits and she stole the Vibe cover from Kelly Rowland.

    Karma is a nasty Beast.

    :brownsista:

  26. I must admit Bey needs work in her theatrical ability, but I must give her credit for not giving up. She pushes herself to do better and be better and I personally see nothing wrong with that. I think we should all think and feel this way. I don’t blame her for taking full advantage of her celebrity status, hell I would and I’m sure most would do the same. She’s got game! She’s beautiful, can definitly sing, and can hold her on in dancing. I can’t wait to see her in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”, My mother and I are big fans of this movie. She will do just fine as Maggie. Just watch this girl get her shine on. I’m so glad she hasn’t focused on just one aspect of entertaining. Hell, she’s done better than most of the other artist who try to crossover. Plain and simple – can’t wait.

  27. I forgot to add that her performance in Dreamgirls was really not all that bad. She’s just as talented and I hope gets the same money as white artist who try to crossover (Britney Spears).

  28. 🙂 [quote comment=”7604″]I must admit Bey needs work in her theatrical ability, but I must give her credit for not giving up. She pushes herself to do better and be better and I personally see nothing wrong with that. I think we should all think and feel this way. I don’t blame her for taking full advantage of her celebrity status, hell I would and I’m sure most would do the same. She’s got game! She’s beautiful, can definitly sing, and can hold her on in dancing. I can’t wait to see her in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”, My mother and I are big fans of this movie. She will do just fine as Maggie. Just watch this girl get her shine on. I’m so glad she hasn’t focused on just one aspect of entertaining. Hell, she’s done better than most of the other artist who try to crossover. Plain and simple – can’t wait.[/quote]

    Very Very well said!

  29. I can’t wait to see her in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”, My mother and I are big fans of this movie. She will do just fine as Maggie. Just watch this girl get her shine on. I’m so glad she hasn’t focused on just one aspect of entertaining. Hell, she’s done better than most of the other artist who try to crossover. Plain and simple – can’t wait.

    Teri:
    All the Beyonce fans said the same thing about Dreamgirls – “She is gonna shine, she is going to get that Oscar” :stop: :thumbsdown:

  30. Perfect role for her, she should also consider playing the lead Barbarella in Robert Rodriguez remake of the film.

    keisha2doll at May 23rd, 2007 around 6:38 pm

    :noway: :noway: :noway: :noway: :noway:

  31. It is truly a testament to the “acting” industry when a truly talented actress is replaced by a talentless one. Our country puts a greater emphasis on physical appearances than any other. What can sell? Who can sell? How can we put a pretty mulatto into the picture? This is why these Islamic fundamentalists and everyone else is out to get Americans. We are superficial stupid people who only care about bullshit. I’m highly disappointed in Debbie Allen, she know good and well Beyonce cant act for sh–. Its so annoying to see Beyonce everywhere I go. She irks me. But then again it is not Beyonce herself that irks me. It’s what she represents.

  32. [quote comment=”7624″]It is truly a testament to the “acting” industry when a truly talented actress is replaced by a talentless one. Our country puts a greater emphasis on physical appearances than any other. What can sell? Who can sell? How can we put a pretty mulatto into the picture? This is why these Islamic fundamentalists and everyone else is out to get Americans. We are superficial stupid people who only care about bullshit. I’m highly disappointed in Debbie Allen, she know good and well Beyonce cant act for sh–. Its so annoying to see Beyonce everywhere I go. She irks me. But then again it is not Beyonce herself that irks me. It’s what she represents.[/quote]

    Never thought if this situation this way. Great points.

  33. Beyonce can sing. Beyonce can dance. Beyonce can entertain. Beyonce can look pretty in a picture. BEYONCE CAN NOT ACT AND NOW SHE’S REPLACING AUDRA “TONY-AWARD WINNER” McDONALD IN A TENNESSEE WILLIAMS BROADWAY PLAY!!!!! :stop: THIS IS MADNESS! She has proven countless times that acting is not her strong point. And I’m not knocking going for the gold and all, but if you really wanted to be good at something…take time to learn and study it. Don’t just jump into the first high-profile gig. This will be her first role without her singing. Let us pray!

  34. I agree. Audra McDonald is a four time Tony award winning actress and she is passed over for Beyonce. Yes, stop the madness.

  35. I cannot believe I’m about to do this, but I think I’m gonna defend Beyonce. In fact, this is what I’d say to her if I met her:

    Keep your head up, sis. Try everything you wanna try and do everything you wanna do. Don’t put limits on yourself based on other people’s opinions of you. If you let somebody influence how you feel about you, you will regret it.

    Enjoy your success. Live your life to the fullest, baby girl, because once youth/life is gone, it is GONE.

    Do your thing, girl, whatever that is. Don’t let nobody hold you down or hold you back. Don’t let anybody hang labels on you that you didn’t give yourself.

    Whatever you do, don’t give up, girlfriend, and don’t let the haters get to you.

    Explore and experiment to your heart’s content. If you mess up, try again, and keep trying until you are satisfied that you have done the best you can do. Then, let it go, and move on to the next thing. Don’t spend too much time worrying about stuff you can’t do anything about. That’s a waste of time, and time is the one thing that you really can’t afford to waste.

    When people say hateful things about you–and you can be sure they will as long as you have something they don’t–just remember that a lot of them would give their right arm to be in your pumps.

  36. if beyonce want to act she should step out her comfort zone and try different roles.. if she’s a singer and she’s playing the role of a singer where do the acting come in.i dont think dream girls was right for her due to people already feel as though she did to many peopl what deena did to effie so why would you take a role to confirm what people believe. maybe if she would have taken the role of effie it would have had a different outcome. she had the weight for it!! what do you think, could you have picture her as effie and dont you think it would have sent a different message to people and how they view beyonce.. ust a thought what do you think????

  37. I love the original version of “Cat on a hot tin roof”, and even own a copy to view at home. I hope I get the chance to see Beyoncé as Maggie, as stated above, it is a very challenging part!

  38. Unless she gets some SERIOUS acting lessons or has no speaking parts, she’ll ruin this play :thumbsdown:

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