Oh, Jean-Ralphio. Never, ever change.
Ben Schwartz and Sam Rockwell are currently filming the crime thriller Blue Iguana, but they’re blowing off steam by angling for their next gig. The duo has launched an ingenious public campaign to star in the London production of Hamilton that will reopen London’s Victoria Palace Theatre this October—a campaign founded solely on their singing four lines from the musical with cockney accents that make Dick Van Dyke’s one-man band from Mary Poppins look like he was native-born.
Oddly enough, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will get his own shot at a British accent alongside Emily Blunt in Rob Marshall’s reboot of Mary Poppins. No word yet on whether he’ll get his own bass drum and knee-cymbals, or if he’s posted videos to YouTube of him doing monologues from Moon.
Since no one ever shouted, “The British are coming!” (because we were all British back then), and since Hamilton was of Scottish descent, it’s possible that the London production of the show will bring .01% more authenticity to the historical, linguistic situation. Still, the great irony of Schwartz and Rockwell goofing with bad accents while pretending to audition is that the production would gain two fantastically talented performers if they actually hired them. Buffoons today; hard-working actors tomorrow.
Of course, the production is going the original route by casting mainly British black, Asian, and Middle Eastern actors. Schwartz and Rockwell may be stuck performing their Ohlexahnder Hamooltin Off-Broadway for a few years to see if it can build up an audience. Hang in there, mates.
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