PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: "Devil's Bitch" and Cinderella Star Marla Mindelle

By Matthew Blank
08 Jan 2013



Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: Gussie in Merrily We Roll Along at CCM. 
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: Probably when I was still in the womb
How you got your Equity card: A year after I graduated CCM, I played Queenie in The Wild Party at the New Repertory Theatre in Boston. 
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: I drink a TON of throat coat and do a 30-minute vocal warm up that I found on YouTube. 
Most challenging role you have ever played: Sister Mary Robert in Sister Act! Hands down. 
Craziest audition story: After my final callback for Sister Act (in which there were like… at least 30 people AND WHOOPI staring at me) I went into the stairwell of Telsey's office and sobbed like a baby from relief. Then went to NYMF rehearsal with mascara all over my face and no one told me. 
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: When I was in high school, I forgot my shoes in a play (called Ms. Dove) where I had to be this austere, domineering teacher. I did the most dramatic scene barefoot and my family has still never let me live it down. 
Worst job you ever had: Telemarketing in college, I guess. But I was with my friends and we would call people in random accents. 
Worst costume ever: I did a play called The Clumsy Custard in high school where I played the character "Head" - literally I was just a head. My entire body was in a box and my face was the only thing that was exposed. I am mortified to this very day. 
How did the idea for "Devil's Bitch" come about? Well, in my spare time, I love to write with my college buddy, Jonathan Parks-Ramage. We wanted to create something with music that was avant garde for people like us that share a slightly twisted and campy sense of humor.

We wanted to be different and darker than "Glee" or "Smash" and do something musical that wasn't necessarily all about musical theatre.

What would you say was the most difficult part of the entire process?  Oh god - everything. Raising the money on Kickstarter, finding locations, going over budget, getting a crew of NYU students who were willing to work for pittance. Also I took my vacation from Sister Act to film it in just a week. It was exhausting but ultimately, amazingly gratifying. 
And what was the most fun? Co-writing the music and lyrics was amazing. Having all of my friends star and collaborate on it. Having something I created that was "mine." It was like having a baby. 
How would you describe your character? Evelyn is a wheelchair-using aspiring actress that sells her soul to the Devil for fame, fortune and bigger boobs. It's a little like Damn Yankees meets "The Sarah Silverman Program." 
Do you have a favorite moment for your character in the movie? When she transforms from a homely, handicapped gal to a star.
Leading lady role you've been dying to play: I always wanted to play Evita. Maybe in the 2030 revival with Enrique Iglesias.
Leading man role you wish you could play: Coalhouse Walker, obviously. 
Something about you that surprises people: I take more pictures of my cat than I do of anyone else in my life. 
Something you are incredibly proud of: "The Devil's Bitch" thus far has been the biggest creative achievement of my life. Also… playing Sister Mary Robert for almost two years and not losing my mind should count for something. 
Something you're embarrassed to admit: I wish to God I could be an amazing hip hop dancer. All I wanna do is pop, lock and JAM. Also, Greg Hildreth who plays my love interest in Cinderella is SUCH a good kisser. 
Career you would want if not a performer: A writer or director. And if that didn't work out, a fat baker. 
What's been the high point of 2013 so far? Getting over 2,000 Twitter followers. KIIDDDINGGGG. 
Three things you can't live without: Coffee, family, nasal decongestant
"I'll never understand why…" … people are SO GRATEFUL on Facebook. 
Words of advice for aspiring performers: Go to a great college with a great showcase that agents will legitimately come to. Having an agent that believes in you is half the battle in New York.