STAGE VIEWS: Into the Woods Star Erik Liberman

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Playbill.com's series features brief chats with Broadway actors commenting on their recent theatregoing experiences, what productions they are looking forward to and more. Here, via e-mail, we hear from singing actor Erik Liberman, who will play The Baker in Mark Lamos' upcoming revival of Into the Woods, a co-production for Baltimore Center Stage and Westport Country Playhouse.

Erik Liberman
Erik Liberman

What show recently impressed you?
The Cherry Orchard at CSC was beautiful. I also really enjoyed War Horse, Seminar, Cymbeline... and pretty much everything that comes through BAM, St. Ann's and NYTW these days! It's over now, but I wish The Normal Heart were in an open-ended run. That was one of the most moving productions I've seen in a long time.

What production are you most excited to see?
I can't wait to catch Peter and the Starcatcher again, which I loved. Porgy and Bess, Once and Newsies also top my list, as well as 4000 Miles... and Prince of Broadway, of course!

What play/musical would you most like to revive on Broadway, and which role would you want to play?
The most fun I've had onstage was in Minnie's Boys at the York, which introduced me to the Marx Brothers. The show never got its due in 1971, but we were lucky enough to work with many of its creators who made revisions during our short run. There's been talk of bringing it back for a while, and I'd love to see that come to fruition — playing Julius [Groucho] Marx. I also wouldn't mind taking a crack at Jacques in a revival of Kander and Ebb's The Happy Time.

What are your current/upcoming projects?
I'm workshopping Philip Himberg's Paper Dolls for the Public Theater with director Mark Brokaw this week - we've got our fingers crossed for this wonderful play. The night of our final presentation, I'm shooting my first music video, "Sunshine," for [French singer/pianist] Clara Ponty, and the following day, rehearsals for Mark Lamos' revival of Into the Woods begin, which I'm really excited about! There are a few irons in the fire this summer... Treasure Island: The Musical, which we workshopped a few times last year, deserves a production. I'd also love to direct a reading of Rodney Ackland's Absolute HellKathleen Turner would be amazing in the role of Christine Foskett.

*** Erik Liberman has been seen on Broadway in LoveMusik and Off-Broadway in For Elise, Minnie’s Boys and The Calamity of Kat Kat and Willie. He also appeared in the North American tour of Fiddler on the Roof opposite Topol, Harvey Fierstein and Theodore Bikel; and in Merrily We Roll Along at Signature Theatre (Helen Hayes Award). His choreography for Obie winner Mabou Mines' Dollhouse recently completed an eight-year world tour.

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