LOS ANGELES—“I’m a broad. She’s a dame,” Tracey Ullman joked about the difference between her and Christine Baranski. Having both of the “Into the Woods” actresses together in an interview was a riot, as you should expect, especially when Cinderella’s Stepmother (Christine) and Jack’s Mother (Tracey) dished on the Witch (Meryl Streep).

In reality, the two women share several things in common. Tracey, the live wire of the two (she reminds us of the late Robin Williams who was like a one-man show at interviews), said, “(To Christine) You’re a good friend of Meryl’s. (To us) I am a good friend of Meryl’s. But I had never met Christine before (until ‘Into the Woods’). I wish I was on ‘Mamma Mia!’ (which starred Meryl and Christine) because what went on in that island…”

“Yes, we have a lot in common,” Christine chimed in. Tracey added, “Yeah, we’re both Polish girls—‘Polski’ girls (both of them have Polish heritage). And somebody called us veterans yesterday (laughs).” And they are both accomplished actresses, straddling stage, TV and film with ease and panache. While they’ve bagged various awards, the prizes that they both have won are the Emmys.

And both portray moms in Rob Marshall’s wonderful, inspired film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s beloved stage musical, “Into the Woods.” Tracey is mother to Jack (as in the boy who climbs a gigantic beanstalk), played by Daniel Huttlestone with the same winning charisma he exhibited as Gavroche in “Les Miserables.”

Christine is mom to Florinda (Tammy Blanchard) and Lucinda (Lucy Punch) and her stepdaughter, Cinderella (Anna Kendrick). Below are excerpts from our lively interview:

Christine, Tracey, and Meryl showed up to surprise and help honor the one and only Rob Marshall with the New York Apple Award at the CSA Artios Awards ceremony in New York. The Artios Awards annually honor Casting Director’s achievements in Film, Television and Theatre. Watch these women surprise the crowd and then SING their tribute in a few tweaks to the brilliant Stephen Sondheim tunes from INTO THE WOODS!! Thanks to Deechul for uploading this.

Jan 23, 15   Claudia   0 Comment Public Appereances

Yesterday Christine presented the award to Rob Marshal at the 30th Annual Artios Awards. Enjoy HQ pictures and this is so far the only video I could find online.

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Public Appereances > Events 2015 > 30th Annual Artios Awards

Jan 22, 15   Claudia   0 Comment Site maintenance

After a while I was thinking to change the look of the site and refresh it a bit (because the previous one was waaaaay too long online=, I finally had some time to do it and went for it. I used a sort-of recent shoot of Christine and kept it classic and stylish. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Themes were changed at both main site and photogallery.

Tony Award winner Christine Baranski (“Into the Woods,” The Real Thing) and Olivier Award-winning West End actress Ruthie Henshall (Chicago, Les Misérables) have been announced to lead a London concert of the Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman musical Follies, which will take place April 28 at Royal Albert Hall.

Follies in Concert will be directed by Craig Revel Horwood (“Strictly Come Dancing”), choreographed by Andrew Wright and backed by the City of London Philharmonic Orchestra. Performances will take place at 3 PM and 7:30 PM.

In addition to Baranski and Henshall, as Phyllis Rogers Stone and Sally Durant Plummer, respectively, the cast will include Anita Dobson (“Eastenders,” Chicago) as Stella Deems, Anita Harris (“Carry On,” Cats) as Emily Whitman, Roy Hudd (Oliver!, “Coronation Street”)  as Theodore Whitman and classical artist Russell Watson as Roscoe.

The musical has a book by Goldman and a score by Sondheim.



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