STAGE VIEWS: My Name Is Asher Lev Star Ilana Levine
By Andrew Gans
March 23, 2013
Playbill.com's series features actors commenting on their recent theatregoing experiences, what productions they're looking forward to and more. Here, via email, we hear from singing actress Ilana Levine, who played Lucy Van Pelt opposite Kristin Chenoweth and Anthony Rapp in Broadway's You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and recently joined the cast of Off-Broadway's My Name Is Asher Lev, Aaron Posner's play based on Chaim Potok's best-selling novel, at the Westside Theatre.
What show recently impressed you?
I was really impressed with Passion at Classic Stage. Judy Kuhn is one of my dearest friends and actually sang at my wedding, along with Kristin Chenoweth and BD Wong! To see Sondheim performed in such an innovative way in an intimate space was inspiring. Director John Doyle is so creative and has reinvented the language of how musicals are performed and experienced.
What production are you most excited to see?
I have been a Richard Greenberg fan since my husband, Dominic Fumusa, was in the original cast of his play Take Me Out. I am really looking forward to Breakfast at Tiffany's. I love the movie and can't wait to see how Mr. Greenberg has adapted it for the stage.
What play/musical would you most like to revive on Broadway, and which role would you want to play?
In all honesty I think it's time for a revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. When I did the show in 1999, a whole new generation was introduced to the brilliant life observations of Charles Schulz and the amazing lyrics and music that Clark Gesner wrote for the show. (The additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa were also so wonderful!) People still come up to me and want to talk about how much the musical stayed with them and, of course, the chance to play Lucy Van Pelt again would be a joy!
What are your current/upcoming projects?
I am loving being a part of My Name Is Asher Lev at The Westside Theatre. I feel so fortunate to share the stage with Ari Brand and Mark Nelson. Audiences are so moved by this timeless story of what it is to be an artist and the sacrifices one must make to be true to themselves. It is a universal story, and I think part of why people stand during the curtain call every night is not just because the play has moved them but they are recognizing themselves in the story of Asher Lev.
Read more about Ilana Levine in the Playbill Vault.