Octogenarian eyes a sixth Tony
Don’t tell Angela Lansbury she’s hit retirement age.
The 84-year-old is still going strong — and having a Broadway resurgence with the active stage career of a woman half her age. After making a much-ballyhooed return to the Main Stem with the short-lived 2007 offering “Deuce,” she won critics’ hearts as the kooky medium in last season’s revival of “Blithe Spirit,” which brought Lansbury a fifth competitive Tony Award, tieing her with Julie Harris.
This year Lansbury’s a topliner mentioned in the same breath as co-star Catherine Zeta-Jones, with the pair playing mother and daughter in the scaled-down revival of “A Little Night Music.” The show has brought in boffo B.O. that’s been unusually high for the Walter Kerr Theater, one of Broadway’s smaller venues. So what’s next after “Night Music” for Lansbury? Legiters are betting it’s not shuffleboard.