PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Pippin's Ariana DeBose and Benjamin Rauhala Pick Performances That Defy "Type"
07 Aug 2014
Toni Braxton as Belle in Beauty and the Beast. We couldn't not include this one! In 1998 Toni Braxton made history being cast as the first African American to play Belle in Beauty and the Beast at the Palace Theatre. Talk about non-traditional casting. I find what she was able to do with this role admirable seeing as she had to really "buck up" to do eight shows a week, which is unlike anything in the music industry. You go girl!
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.