Denee Benton, Brittan Ashford, Grace McLean, & Company
I’m going to talk a bit about how serendipitous this cast really is. Both Phillipa and Denee are perfect Natashas. Pippa comes across a bit more like the determined “cossack” described in the book, while Denee possess a youthful innocence that is undeniably difficult to perfect onstage. Brittiain’s Sonya is beyond words. I also met her at Ghost Quartet and her passion and kindness were as evident in real life as they are onstage. It’s as if the character from the book gets the chance to narrate, plot dump, and sing a Fleetwood style ballad or two, every night. As for Grace McLean, what can’t I say about her? Her band, “Grace McLean & Them Apples” and her flawless voice/soundboard mixing skills are things you should totally check out. Her impromptu shows have been on repeat since I found out about her in the show’s earlier incarnations. Anyways, cast kudos rant #1 over…awesome world building in this song btw.
Shoutout to The Walking Dead actors and actresses.
While the wizards behind the curtains are half-assing it and being slaves to the plot, they’re not just phoning it in. They’re making sure we make that leap over the shoddy writing and doing their best to sell us these characters’ sometimes questionable motivations, and I love them so much for that.
I’m not sure the current incarnation of this show deserves them.
Here’s hoping the future version treats them better.