By Andrew Gans
16 Jul 2013
Well, let's pretend they didn't just do a knock-out revival of Death of a Salesman. As long as we're dreaming, I would like to play Linda. It is my favorite American play and when I saw Linda Emond do it, I wanted to play it even more. She brought an inner strength and dignity to Linda that made me understand the role even more clearly. I think I've lived on the planet long enough now to be able to get under that character's skin.
Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! I had the opportunity to play Dolly at the MUNY in 2007. We had a great time, but next time it would be wonderful to do it indoors, no rain, no bugs and with more rehearsal time. Dolly is one of the iconic leading ladies in musical theater. There's that gorgeous Jerry Herman score and speeches that are right out of The Matchmaker. And then there's the "shtick." Oh, that's one I'd like to sink my teeth into again. Hopefully without crunching on a mosquito!
Finally, if they ever do a revival of The Light in the Piazza and if Adam Guettel is generous enough to lower the score a bit, I would love to play Margaret. For me, Margaret is the juiciest leading lady of the 21st century thus far and was played to perfection by Victoria Clark. Her journey in this gorgeous musical... so full of surprises and lessons to be learned. If nothing else, just to get to sing, "Love if you can my Clara. Love if you can and be loved."Continued...