Most people know of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” largely in part because of Audrey Hepburn. It is now a play being performed at the Cort Theatre on Broadway. The story is about a woman named Holly who is always on the go. She doesn’t have many friends and chums it up with rich people. Her new neighbor Fred is the closest thing she has to a friend but they teeter on friendship and love throughout the show. In my opinion, the play did not fully translate to the stage.
Emilia Clark who played Holly and Cory Michael Smith who played Fred were both making their Broadway debuts in the show. Emilia is a good actress, however, she took on a very thick accent to allow her to sound like Audrey and it did not work for me. It was over the top and I wish it had been toned down a bit. Cory did a good job with his role and truly took on his character. George Wendt, best known for his role on “Cheers” played the bartender and there was a small ensemble as well.
Projections were used to show New York City, the park, rain and transition scenes. It was a modern touch in a classic piece which may work for some and not others. Many of the lines were true to the story line. However, when Holly announced “I’m preggers” a very modern form of “pregnant” my jaw dropped. My favorite scene of the show was when the two were on the Brooklyn Bridge. Their emotions seemed genuine and so did the big kiss. Afterwards Holly states “I have plans and you aren’t in them” which was heartbreaking. She used the word “darling” repeatedly, which was obnoxious.
The show was long and drawn out. For me, I would like to see it tightened a bit and have a point because it didn’t seem to get anywhere. Mr. Tomato is mentioned a few times during the show, yet we never meet him. Tiffany’s is talked about but we never see her go there. The cat (who is supposed to parallel Holly) is hardly seen or talked about even though it’s essential to the plot. It is a bit confusing if you have not read the book or seen the movie. Holly sings a song with a guitar on the side of the stage which is pretty but far too long. Why there was a scene of horseback riding that led straight into a naked bath scene between the two is beyond me. Also, the closing scene is different than the movie so don’t expect to walk out with an epic love story ending.
Two things are for certain: Cory Michael Smith and Emilia Clark can act and will be in more shows to come, I’m just unsure of how long they will be playing these roles. You can learn more about the show here: http://www.breakfastattiffanysonbroadway.com/