A curvy, blonde musical theatre actress, Sherie Rene Scott is best-known for her roles in "The Who's Tommy" (1993), "Rent" (1997) and "Aida" (2000). Born and raised in Kansas, Scott moved to NYC when...
There are certain properties movie studios don't blink an eye in pushing through the production factory — "Oh, Peter Jackson wants to make a new Lord of the Rings movie? Where is my checkbook?" — but then there are ideas that take a little more convincing. For that, there is the American Film Market, an annual circus where producers, directors, and actors announce potential projects and let the people with money buy in.
One such project, unveiled courtesy of the AFM website, is an adaptation of the Off-Broadway musical hit The Last 5 Years planned by Richard LaGravenese (screenwriter behind Water for Elephants and director of the upcoming Beautiful Creatures), with Anna Kendrick reportedly attached to star. The actress, who broke out in her early days on Broadway, has had no shortage of work in recent years: she earned an Oscar nomination in 2009's Up in the Air, costarred in the Twilight series, and recently showed off her singing chops in Pitch Perfect.
Written by Jason Robert Brown, The Last 5 Years takes an unconventional approach to the stage musical, making it a tricky show to adapt to screen. The show follows the lifespan of a relationship from the points of view of both the man, Jamie (from the beginning to the end) and the woman, Cathy (starting at the end and tracking back to the beginning). Kendrick will play Cathy, a struggling singer who falls for up-and-coming author Jamie. No song and dance showstoppers here — The Last 5 Years is closer to a play of monologues than a typical musical.
Kendrick's musical background makes her a solid fit for the unique adaptation, and an enticing part of the package for a film that will need a stylistic touch to stay true to the original material. Much like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind or Memento, the show fluidly moves between moments in time, and operates without the type of moving parts that make movie musicals big and showy. LaGravenese has a tough nut to crack, but as AFM has proved in the past, the challenge may be part of the appeal. Whoever comes on board to back the film will give Kendrick one of the meatier parts in her career.
Below, see original cast member Sherie Rene Scott performing the number "Goodbye Until Tomorrow" from the show. Is Kendrick right for the part?
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Fela!, about the life of revered African world music star Fela Kuti, will go up against Green Day's American Idiot, Memphis, and Million Dollar Quartet in the coveted Best Musical category at the 64th annual prizegiving, which honours the best on Broadway.
Meanwhile, Grammer and Hodge, who star as a camp gay couple in La Cage, will compete against Sean Hayes (Promises, Promises), Chad Kimball (Memphis) and Sahr Ngaujah (Fela!) for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.
The evening is sure to be a star-studded event, with Hollywood actors Jude Law (Hamlet), Alfred Molina (Red), Liev Schreiber (A View from the Bridge), Christopher Walken (A Behanding in Spokane) and Denzel Washington (Fences) pitted against each other for the Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play award.
Washington's co-star Viola Davis will battle it out in the category for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, against Valerie Harper (Looped), Linda Lavin (Collected Stories), Laura Linney (Time Stands Still) and Jan Maxwell (The Royal Family).
Catherine Zeta-Jones (A Little Night Music), Kate Baldwin (Finian's Rainbow), Sherie Rene Scott (Everyday Rapture), Montego Glover (Memphis) and Christiane Noll (Ragtime) received nods for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, and Scarlett Johansson's Broadway debut in A View from the Bridge has earned her a nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play.
Nominations for Best Play include In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), Next Fall, Red and Time Stands Still.
The winners will be announced on 13 June (10) at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
The main list of nominees is as follows:
In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)
Time Stands Still
Million Dollar Quartet
Best Book of a Musical:
Everyday Rapture - Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott
Fela! - Jim Lewis & Bill T. Jones
Memphis - Joe DiPietro
Million Dollar Quartet - Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre:
The Addams Family - Music & Lyrics: Andrew Lippa
Enron - Music: Adam Cork, Lyrics: Lucy Prebble
Fences - Music: Branford Marsalis
Memphis - Music: David Bryan, Lyrics: Joe DiPietro, David Bryan
Best Revival of a Play:
Lend Me a Tenor
The Royal Family
A View from the Bridge
Best Revival of a Musical:
La Cage aux Folles
A Little Night Music
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play:
Jude Law - Hamlet
Alfred Molina - Red
Liev Schreiber - A View from the Bridge
Christopher Walken - A Behanding in Spokane
Denzel Washington - Fences
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play:
Viola Davis - Fences
Valerie Harper - Looped
Linda Lavin - Collected Stories
Laura Linney - Time Stands Still
Jan Maxwell - The Royal Family
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical:
Kelsey Grammer - La Cage aux Folles
Sean Hayes - Promises, Promises
Douglas Hodge - La Cage aux Folles
Chad Kimball - Memphis
Sahr Ngaujah - Fela!
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical:
Kate Baldwin - Finian's Rainbow
Sherie Rene Scott - Everyday Rapture
Montego Glover - Memphis
Christiane Noll - Ragtime
Catherine Zeta-Jones - A Little Night Music
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play:
David Alan Grier - Race
Stephen McKinley Henderson - Fences
Jon Michael Hill - Superior Donuts
Stephen Kunken - Enron
Eddie Redmayne - Red
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play:
Maria Dizzia - In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)
Rosemary Harris - The Royal Family
Jessica Hecht - A View from the Bridge
Scarlett Johansson - A View from the Bridge
Jan Maxwell - Lend Me a Tenor
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical:
Kevin Chamberlin - The Addams Family
Robin De Jesus - La Cage aux Folles
Christopher Fitzgerald - Finian's Rainbow
Levi Kreis - Million Dollar Quartet
Bobby Steggert - Ragtime
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical:
Barbara Cook - Sondheim on Sondheim
Katie Finneran - Promises, Promises
Angela Lansbury - A Little Night Music
Karine Plantadit - Come Fly Away
Lillias White - Fela!
Best Direction of a Play:
Michael Grandage - Red
Sheryl Kaller - Next Fall
Kenny Leon - Fences
Gregory Mosher - A View from the Bridge
Best Direction of a Musical:
Christopher Ashley - Memphis
Marcia Milgrom Dodge - Ragtime
Terry Johnson - La Cage aux Folles
Bill T. Jones - Fela!
Rob Ashford - Promises, Promises
Bill T. Jones - Fela!
Lynne Page - La Cage aux Folles
Twyla Tharp - Come Fly Away
Jason Carr - La Cage aux Folles
Aaron Johnson - Fela!
Jonathan Tunick - Promises, Promises
Daryl Waters & David Bryan - Memphis
Best Scenic Design of a Play
John Lee Beatty - The Royal Family
Alexander Dodge - Present Laughter
Santo Loquasto - Fences
Christopher Oram - Red
Best Scenic Design of a Musical:
Marina Draghici - Fela!
Christine Jones - American Idiot
Derek McLane - Ragtime
Tim Shortall - La Cage aux Folles
Best Costume Design of a Play:
Martin Pakledinaz - Lend Me a Tenor
Constanza Romero - Fences
David Zinn - In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)
Catherine Zuber - The Royal Family
Best Costume Design of a Musical:
Marina Draghici - Fela!
Santo Loquasto - Ragtime
Paul Tazewell - Memphis
Matthew Wright - La Cage aux Folles
Best Lighting Design of a Play:
Neil Austin - Hamlet
Neil Austin - Red
Mark Henderson - Enron
Brian MacDevitt - Fences
Best Lighting Design of a Musical:
Kevin Adams - American Idiot
Donald Holder - Ragtime
Nick Richings - La Cage aux Folles
Robert Wierzel - Fela!
Best Sound Design of a Play:
Acme Sound Partners - Fences
Adam Cork - Enron
Adam Cork - Red
Scott Lehrer - A View from the Bridge
Best Sound Design of a Musical:
Jonathan Deans - La Cage aux Folles
Robert Kaplowitz - Fela!
Dan Moses Schreier and Gareth Owen - A Little Night Music
Dan Moses Schreier - Sondheim on Sondheim
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre:
Regional Theatre Tony Award:
The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Waterford, Connecticut
Isabelle Stevenson Award:
David Hyde Pierce
Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre:
Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York
Co-starred with future husband Kurt Deutsch in Randy Newman's "Faust" at the La Jolla Playhouse
Starred as the spoiled princess Amneris in Elton John and Tim Rice's spectacular Broadway musical "Aida"
Sang "It's Not Easy Being Green" before the Kansas State Legislature
Played Marty in the Broadway revival of "Grease"
Released first solo album, Sherie Rene...Men I've Had; produced by husband Kurt Deutsch
Had a small role in the CBS TV movie "The Almost Perfect Bank Robbery" starring Brooke Shields and Rip Torn
Appeared on the short-lived CBS sitcom "My Guys"
Moved to NYC; enrolled in the Neighborhood Playhouse
Appeared in the Signature Theatre's world premiere of Kander and Ebb's "Over & Over"; replaced the previously announced Bebe Neuwirth in the role of Sabina
Replaced Idina Menzel in "Rent" on Broadway
Performed in the 25th anniversary production of "Hair" at the United Nations
Re-teamed with Norbert Leo Butz in the Broadway musical adaptation of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"; earned a Tony nomination for her role
Starred opposite Norbert Leo Butz in "The Last 5 Years"
Co-wrote (with Dick Scanlan) and starred in the Broadway musical "Everyday Rapture" a loose autobiograpy of Scott, a girl from the American heartland who falls in love with showbiz; earned Tony Award nominations for Best Book of a Musical and Leading Actr
Made New York stage debut as Sally Simpson in "The Who's Tommy"
Originated the role of Ursula in the Broadway production of "The Little Mermaid"
A curvy, blonde musical theatre actress, Sherie Rene Scott is best-known for her roles in "The Who's Tommy" (1993), "Rent" (1997) and "Aida" (2000). Born and raised in Kansas, Scott moved to NYC when she was 18 and worked as a waitress and store clerk while attending classes at the Neighborhood Playhouse in the late 1980s and early 90s. Upon graduation, Scott was invited to join the cast of the 25th-anniversary production of the musical "Hair" (1993) at the United Nations. She later fulfilled a dream when she got to reprise her role in a production in Woodstock, New York. Later that same year, Scott made her Broadway debut as Sally Simpson in "The Who's Tommy", a role that earned her raves from critics and audiences alike. In 1995, the singer/actress jetted out to the West Coast to appear in Randy Newman's musical version of "Faust" at the La Jolla Playhouse. In addition to earning good notices for her performance as the golddigger who seduces Lucifer, Scott also acted with future husband Kurt Deutsch. While she was out in L.A., she decided to try her hand at TV acting, accepting a role as a sexy waitress on the CBS sitcom "My Guys". The comedy was quickly cancelled, but Scott wasn't out of work for long. She returned to New York to play ditzy Marty in the Broadway revival of "Grease" (1995-1996), then replaced Idina Menzel as Maureen in "Rent" in 1997. Perhaps Scott's most significant role to date was that of Amneris, a spoiled princess in Elton John and Tim Rice's splashy, but problematic musical "Aida". Although most critics hated the show, which was loosely based on the Verdi opera, Scott was praised for being one of the spectacle's bright lights. The role saw her playing one leg of a love triangle and enabled her to demonstrate her superior singing voice, comic timing and serious acting chops and her journey from selfish girl to broken-hearted woman is a memorable one. Also worth noting is Scott was also one of the few actors who remained with the show after its disastrous tryouts in Atlanta (where it was called "Elaborate Lives: The Legend of Aida") and Chicago.
Met while performing in the Randy Newman musical "Faust" (1995); married on March 29, 1998
Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre
Her official Web site is located at www.sherierene.com.
"I was so not a princess growing up. I was a tomboy who wore my brother's hand-me-downs. People used to confuse me with a little boy." - Scott to Broadway.com, June 21, 2000