The lovely mrs. pdb and I are going to New York in late May for a Timbers game. It will be my wife's first time in NYC, so of course she's putting together a list of eleventy billion things she wants to do. One of the things we both want to do is see some theater - I hate musicals, and I tend towards liking smaller-scale dramas and comedies more than the big grand spectacle musicals.
When she was trawling through the list of shows that will be playing while we're there, she found Annapurna - Megan Mullally (from lots of awesome comedy stuff) and Nick Offerman (RON FREAKING SWANSON, as well as Mr. Megan Mullally), in a two-person play about a reclusive man dying of cancer reconciling with his ex-wife.
One of the things that drew me to that play was the concept of two of my favorite comedic actors doing something serious, and pushing themselves out of their normal zones. I love what they both bring to their respective shows, it's obvious they're good actors, and I'm really excited to see them both in a small-scale drama.
As a general rule, I like it when people I like for one thing branch out and do different stuff to challenge themselves - particularly in the acting world. I have less fondness for when that happens in the musical world - sometimes it works, but sometimes you get Achtung Baby when all you wanted was Joshua Tree Pt 2. That, admittedly, is a bad example, because over time Achtung Baby has become one of my favorite U2 albums - but at the time, it was horrifying, a complete 180 from a band that was not known for making dancy-electro-y music.
Are there any examples you love of one of your favorite (authors, musicians, artists, singers, bands) doing something completely different that you end up liking just as much as what they were previously known for?
What else is on your mind this week?