Tony Winner Michele Pawk Discusses Part in Sondheim Musical Bounce

News   Tony Winner Michele Pawk Discusses Part in Sondheim Musical Bounce
Michele Pawk won the 2003 Tony Award for Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in Hollywood Arms, the Carol Burnett-Carrie Hamilton drama which began life at Chicago's Goodman Theatre and had a short run on Broadway this season. She is now back at the Goodman rehearsing the new Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman-Harold Prince musical, Bounce, which is set to open in Chicago later this month.

"I'm the love interest to one of the brothers, Wilson Mizner," said Pawk, describing her character. "The Mizners are basically these con men. I play Howard McGillin's love interest. I'm this broad. I'm a bar slinger in the Klondike, when Wilson is there looking for gold. I meet him when he gambles his take away at the poker table. We meet again years later when she's married into some wealth." Bounce is Sondheim's first new musical since Passion in 1994 and his first collaboration with director Harold Prince since Merrily We Roll Along more than two decades ago. After the Chicago run, the show will play the Kennedy Center. Pawk's part was suggested by Prince when he took on the project following a failed workshop at the New York Theatre Workshop directed by Sam Mendes.

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