DIVA TALK: Glory Crampton, Leslie Kritzer, Julie Reiber, Josefina Scaglione, Natalie Toro and Rachel York's NYMF Chats

By Andrew Gans
13 Jul 2012

Julie Reiber

Julie Reiber
Stealing Time at the PTC Performance Space
July 15-16

How did you get involved with this production?
Julie Reiber: My friend Eden Espinosa, I've worked with [her] in Brooklyn and Wicked, had to bow out and referred them to me. Anything she is doing is worthy of doing for sure, so I was happy to jump in.

What other NYMF productions have you been a part of?
JR: I've wanted to do something in NYMF, but I've always been busy with other projects, so I'm happy to say this is my NYMF debut!



How would you describe the character you're playing?
JR: Maya is a woman who is going through the motions in her life right now. Her relationship has lost its love and support and is somewhat emotionally abusive. She's lost her way with herself and who she is. She's known she needed to move on for a while, but has not had the strength and has wanted to stay for her child. When she meets Ben, she not only falls in love, but is re-inspired to her own life. Motivated again to live for herself as well as others and gains the strength to make choices she needs for her life to be full again and move forward.

Why do you think audiences should attend this particular production?
JR: Well, the music is wonderful and the cast is stellar so that can't hurt. But even more so, I think the story and content is important. The topic of infidelity touches a lot of folks, but isn't talked about so much. But this show is about much more than that. It's about people finding themselves again and making the right choices for themselves so they can be full again in life, themselves and love.

Why do you think NYMF is so important?
JR: We need now, more than ever, new, unique, thoughtful musicals. I love me a movie musical, but I much prefer a brand-new idea from brave, talented writers that are willing to put ideas out there and take that risk. So I hope NYMF only gets bigger and stronger with more and more new musicals evolving from its doors.

NYMF celebrates new musicals, but which role in a classic musical would you most like to perform?
JR: Ah. Well...new musicals and creating roles is my favorite thing to do, but I would still love to play Evita someday. What an incredible woman/character to portray.

Do you have any other projects in the works?
JR: I'll be doing a one-night reading of one of my favorite pieces, The Last Five Years, on Aug. 3 in the Hamptons. I'm working on a demo for a new musical called Dillinger, and I'm also most importantly hard at work on my own new project of creating a human! I'm five months pregnant and so excited about my new role of Mom... so I'd say that will be taking up most of my time in the immediate future.

Read more about Julie Reiber at the Playbill Vault.

Josefina Scaglione

Josefina Scaglione
Hungarian Nights at the 45th Street Theatre (Upstairs)
July 24-26

How did you get involved with this production?
Josefina Scaglione: I got involved in this production by the hand of the wonderful composer Cheryl Kemeny, whom I had the pleasure to meet through my dear friend Kyle Brenn, who worked with me during our West Side Story run on Broadway.

What other NYMF productions have you been a part of?
JS: This is the first NYMF production I am part of, and I have to say I am very excited about it.

How would you describe the character you're playing?
JS: Illona is a passionate, curious and vibrant young woman.

Why do you think audiences should attend this particular production?
JS: The music is fantastic and the story invites us all to dream about passion, rebirth and endless love.

Why do you think NYMF is so important?
JS: Because it supports and develops new visions, new ideas. It's a smart and wonderful way of connecting people.

NYMF celebrates new musicals, but which role in a classic musical would you most like to perform?
JS: Sally Bowles in Cabaret or Maureen in Rent.

Do you have any other projects in the works?
JS: I recently participated in the movie "Hairbrained" directed by Billy Kent, which should be coming out soon. We'll see what comes next!

Read more about Josefina Scaglione at the Playbill Vault

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