PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: The Mystery of Edwin Drood's Betsy Wolfe
By Matthew Blank
November 13, 2012
Betsy Wolfe, who plays Rosa Bud in Roundabout's revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.
Wolfe has appeared on the New York stage in Everyday Rapture (Mennonette), 110 in the Shade (Katheryn Brawner) and Merrily We Roll Along (Beth).
Regional/touring work includes Tales of the City (Mary Ann Singleton), Tommy (Mrs. Walker), Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbitt) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
She has performed as a soloist for more than 30 symphony and pop orchestras across the U.S. and internationally.
Full given name:
It's not Betsy Wolfe, I'll tell you that much.
Where you were born/where you were raised:
Current audition song/monologue:
"Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
"Music that Makes Me Dance"
"I Think It's Going to Rain Today"
I am an award-winning bowler.
First Broadway show you ever saw:
On my first trip to NY my parents let my sister and me see Miss Saigon by ourselves. I was 14.
I knew I wanted to do exactly what those girls were doing… maybe not the pole dancing, but everything else. Okay, MAYBE the pole dancing.
Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations when first starting out?
I've always loved Carol Burnett and Joanna Gleason.
Some favorite modern musicals:
I saw Movin' Out 8 times from the front row.
Some favorite classic musicals:
She Loves Me, Annie Get Your Gun
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with:
I always used to fantasize about being on "The Carol Burnett Show." What an incredible cast.
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget:
While in college I performed at the opening of a new theatre in Dayton, Ohio, and also performing was Ray Charles (obviously). I snuck into the orchestra pit and watched him sing "Georgia" from the best seat in the house.
Music that makes you cry, any genre:
Pretty much anything Eva Cassidy sings
Must-see TV show(s):
I've applied to be on the show and I'm sure they are still wondering what value I would bring to the campaign.
Last good movie you saw:
I loved "The Beginners." I'm a little late, I know, but it was just terrific.
Some films you consider classics:
I'm "off book" on "Dumb and Dumber."
Performer you would drop everything to go see:
I could not be more serious when I say the first person that comes to my mind is Eminem.
First CD/Tape/LP you owned:
Bonnie Raitt's "Something to Talk About"
When you first realized you could sing:
WHO TOLD YOU I COULD SING?
First stage kiss:
I could make the entire Broadway community jealous by listing all the men and women I've kissed during various shows and readings.
I'd like to think it's karmic payback for my actual first stage kiss when I was 14, kissing a 45-year-old.
Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager:
I played Kenicke in Grease as a child...at my church. Revisions were made: Rizzo didn't get pregnant, Danny and Sandy got married and Kenicke was played by a 12-year-old girl.
How you got your Equity card:
Side by Side by Sondheim at The Muny with Colin Donnell. Ask him about it.
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap:
My real-life bra accidentally hooked onto the back of my Evelyn Nesbitt costume when I was doing Ragtime.
I was the last to enter the prologue and had no idea, but soon the entire company was in stitches. The worst part was thinking I was being extra funny that night and that must have been why they were laughing.
Worst costume ever:
Any of my Halloween costume choices from ages 7 to 10.
Worst job you ever had:
I was fired from a babysitting job. Those kids were awful. Apparently I was, too.
If you could trade roles with anyone in the cast for a week, who would it be?
Chita. I played Puffer when I was 21, which is only slightly more appropriate than playing Dolly Levi at 17.
Leading lady role you've been dying to play:
I've been connected to Tales of the City for awhile. I really loved playing Mary Ann thus far and am so hoping it continues.
Something about you that surprises people:
I love playing poker and smoking cigars. Simultaneously is preferred.
Something you are incredibly proud of:
Being an auntie. I didn't really do anything to make it happen, but I'm just in love with those kids.
Something you're embarrassed to admit:
I've seen every episode of "To Catch a Predator." Wait, I'm not embarrassed about that at all.
Career you would want if not a performer:
If there was ever a job that combined wildlife conservation, FBI agent and professional poker player, I'd be doing it.
Incidentally, I think this sounds like a great USA television series. Anybody? Who can I meet with about this? She conserves wildlife on week days, fights international crime on week nights and flies to Vegas for the weekend. It's a hit.
Words of advice for aspiring performers:
Don't try and learn "Another Hundred People" the night before the audition.