STAGE VIEWS: Vanya and Sonia Star Carolyn McCormick On Laurie Metcalf, Audra McDonald, Alan Cumming and More

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Carolyn McCormick
Carolyn McCormick

Here, via email, we hear from Broadway's Carolyn McCormick, who will be seen as Masha in the Paper Mill Playhouse's upcoming production of the Tony-winning Christopher Durang play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which will play the New Jersey venue Jan. 21-Feb. 15.

What show recently impressed you? 
I loved Laurie Metcalf in The Other Place. It was a few years ago, but her performance has stuck with me, so nuanced, unsentimental, raw, honest and completely heartbreaking. The ever-expanding need for all of us to understand and have compassion for those suffering from Alzheimer's disease is a subject very dear to my heart. I also loved Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill. She can do no wrong as far as I am concerned.

What production are you most excited to see?
I recently took my two boys to see Cabaret, and we all loved it and are actually going back to see it again. Alan Cumming is extraordinary, the cast is phenomenal, and the Kit Kat set up of the audience is so much fun — basically the entire production is a wonderfully entertaining and profoundly moving experience. Exactly what you always hope the theatre will be.

What play/musical would you most like to revive on Broadway, and which role would you want to play?
As far as what play I would like to see revived, I would have to say anything written by A.R. Gurney, Will Eno, Donald Margulies or George Bernard Shaw. You really can’t go wrong with any of them.

What are your current/upcoming projects? 
My upcoming projects include continuing to teach at NYU/Stella Adler and work on my CPR for actors book, getting my eldest son off to college, and staying open to all the unknown surprises that come up in the oh-so-unpredictable profession.

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