Will Debbie Reynolds Succeed Angela Lansbury in A Little Night Music?

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Academy and Tony Award-nominated show business veteran Debbie Reynolds is in talks to join the Broadway revival of A Little Night Music, according to a May 3 interview with the star on BBC Radio.

Debbie Reynolds
Debbie Reynolds

Reynolds, who is currently performing her solo concert Debbie Reynolds Alive and Fabulous at the West End's Apollo Theatre through May 9, joined guest host Graham Norton for the May 3 installment of BBC's "Chris Evans Breakfast."

"I've been offered to do a Broadway show and I can't really say which one. But I'm considering doing that. I'm going to maybe do a Broadway show for a couple of years," Reynolds told Norton.

Norton stated that Angela Lansbury was back on Broadway in Night Music and Reynolds replied, "I know, but she's leaving. So, you just guessed it!" When pressed about succeeding Lansbury, Reynolds continued, "We don't want to say yet! I'm really not sure, because I have so much work in September. It's a quandary, but I want to do it."

Referring to the role of the worldly-wise Madame Armfeldt, Reynolds said, "It's a wonderful part. It's very different, something I haven't done at all." Madame Armfeldt delivers some of the most brittle lines in Hugh Wheeler's book of the Tony-winning musical. The character also reminisces on life and love in the Stephen Sondheim song "Liaisons."

Representatives for the Broadway production of A Little Night Music could not confirm that Reynolds had been offered the role, stating "[producers]are still in discussions for possible cast replacements." Lansbury and Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones (who portrays Desiree Armfeldt) are scheduled to depart the production June 20. It’s been 27 years since Reynolds last appeared on Broadway when she succeeded Raquel Welch in the Kander and Ebb musical Woman of the Year. Lauren Bacall originated the role. Reynolds earned a Tony nomination for her 1973 Broadway debut in Irene and also performed a limited engagement of Debbie at the Minskoff Theatre in 1976. She earned an Academy Award nomination for her work in the movie musical "The Unsinkable Molly Brown." The triple-threat is also known for performances in "Singin' in the Rain," "How the West Was Won" and "The Catered Affair" as well as her TV show, "The Debbie Reynolds Show."

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