DIVA TALK: Amy Bodnar, Donna Lynne Champlin, Capathia Jenkins, Donna Vivino, NaTasha Yvette Williams On Musicals, Choice Roles, Upcoming Gigs

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11 Jul 2014

Amy Bodnar
Amy Bodnar

News, views and reviews about the multi-talented women of the musical theatre and the concert/cabaret stage.

This week's column spotlights five women — four actors and one director — who are part of the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival, which continues through July 27 at various venues around the city. Diva Talk posed the same set of questions to each talented artist; their answers, via email, follow. For ticket information visit nymf.org.

Click here for recent chats with NYMF stars Brenda Braxton, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Mandy Gonzalez, Kenita Miller and Lynne Wintersteller.

Amy Bodnar
Mr. Confidential
The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre
July 21 at 8 PM, July 24 at 1 PM, July 25 at 9 PM, July 26 at 1 PM and July 27 at 5 PM

Question: How did you get involved in this production?
Bodnar: I first got involved in Mr. Confidential through the director, Stephen Nachamie. He invited me to be a part of a reading of it at the York Theatre.

Tell me a little bit about the show and the character you are playing.
Bodnar: I play Jeannie Nelson, who is the showgirl girlfriend of the leading man, Bob Harrison. Bob is the creator or, as Jeannie would say, the "inventor" of Confidential Magazine. This was the first tabloid of its time. Mr. Confidential is the biographical story of Bob, his family, and his girlfriend and the headlines they created about the Hollywood stars of the time and the trouble that ensues from doing so.

What other NYMF productions have you been a part of, or is this your first?
Bodnar: Previously, I have been involved in two NYMF shows, The Brain from Planet X, which was a full production, and Perfect Mothers, which was part of the developmental reading series. It was very interesting to be a part of both of these projects.

Why do you think NYMF is so important?
Bodnar: NYMF is such a great and interesting part of a show's creative process — and it's a wonderful opportunity for writers and actors to explore the evolution of a musical together.

If you could star in a Broadway revival of any play or musical, which show and role would you choose and why?
Bodnar: As far as being cast in a Broadway revival, the truth is that I would be thrilled to be in any revival of any show! I always just feel so lucky to be a working actor.

Do you have any other projects in the works?
Bodnar: Currently, I am in a production of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the Walnut Street Theater. I have also been cast in the Walnut's upcoming production of 9 to 5 as Doralee.


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