Angie Lansbury To Show “Spirit”

I’ve never seen a fully satisfying production of Noel Coward’s comedy “Blithe Spirit.” So maybe the version just announced for early 2009 on Broadway will be the special one: it stars Rupert Everett, Christine Baranski, and Angela Lansbury (pictured) as the medium Madame Arcati. No one will ever surpass the original Arcati, Margaret Rutherford (she also did the 1945 movie), but Lansbury has got to be better than the last icon I saw in the role — Geraldine Page, who was uncharacteristically dreadful.

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