DIVA TALK: Chatting With NYMF Stars Natalie Joy Johnson, Luba Mason and Victoria Matlock

By Andrew Gans
28 Jun 2013

Victoria Matlock

Victoria Matlock
Life Could Be a Dream at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre; July 8-14

How did you get involved with this production?
Roger Bean, the writer/director, asked if I would be a part of it. We'd worked together on The Marvelous Wonderettes at the Westside Theatre here in New York, and had a great rapport. I've always been a big fan of his work, so I immediately agreed.

What other NYMF productions have you been a part of?
This is my first! I'm so excited!

How would you describe the character you're playing?
Lois is a great combination of what you'd expect a good girl in the late 50s to be, with a bit of sass. She's got a lot of heart and is completely sincere in her desire to find love and help these guys achieve their dream of becoming recording stars.

Why do you think audiences should attend this particular production?
Unlike what you might expect from a "jukebox" musical, Life Could Be a Dream is extremely sincere. It wears its heart on its sleeve. The silliness is realistic and natural, yet ultimately the emotion gets you in the end. It's also a lot of fun that the characters are in the same Wonderettes world that audiences already intimately know and love.

Why do you think NYMF is so important?
I think NYMF is important because it is such a great breeding ground for new works. It's helpful to get New York audiences in small doses, and to help otherwise obscure pieces find investors. It's a great way to see a lot of new works, on a budget, in a short amount of time.

NYMF celebrates new musicals, but which role in a classic musical would you most like to perform and why?
I'd always love to play Evita again. Or Sarah Brown in Guys & Dolls! Gah! I'd love to do that.

What is your most memorable onstage mishap?
I have a problem with falling. And as tall as I am, let's just say it's a long way down.

What was your most enjoyable theatrical experience of the season (as a member of the audience)?
I was lucky enough to be at the opening night of Matilda, and I just loved it. So fresh, so fun, so different.

Do you have any other projects in the works?
After NYMF I'll be headed out to Sonoma, California, to be a part of Transcendence Theatre Company. It's an awesome new company committed to sustainability and community. I'll be singing my face off in the middle of a vineyard, and I can't wait!

Well, that's all for now. Happy diva-watching! E-mail questions or comments to agans@playbill.com.