... at WETA, where the yakking in the green room before today's Around Town taping was largely centered around the new Bond film and the new movie version of Dreamgirls. Yes, the one with (shudder) Eddie Murphy. Tim Gordon and Joe Barber say it's great, that a screening full of critics applauded it.
Me, I'm reserving judgment. I've heard other people say Jennifer Hudson aces the part of Effie White. I've even heard people say she makes the role her own.
But have those people watched this?
I'm no knee-jerk, revival-hatin', adaptation-loathing it-was-better-the-first-time queen, I swear, no matter what the Rorschach folk say.
But I do think Hudson's got some serious livin' up to do. And no matter how good she is, she's not doing it live on stage night after night. I never saw the original Dreamgirls, as it happens. But man, if I'd been in that theater, I'd have been throwing chairs from the sheer f*ckin' thrill of being in the same room with all that noise.
Damn, that's a well-built song. And a hell of a performance.