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On Thursday, I had the hilarious Susan Blackwell on Seth's Broadway Chatterbox with the entire cast from the NYMF production of Volleygirls. They not only performed three songs from the show but they consisted of the largest amount of people I've ever had at a Chatterbox. I asked everyone about high school roles and Jennifer Johnson (who has a great voice!) told us she was cast as Frenchy in her high school production of Grease. The operative word is "cast" because after the cast list went up, another girl complained and was given the role of Frenchy. That's right, Jennifer gave up her role and took another one. However, there were no other girl parts available; the only role left was Johnny Casino, who has one scene, and sings the beginning section of "Born To Hand Jive." Well, the gender problem was solved with a quick name change. Yes, Johnny Casino became Janey Casino and instead of being in the entire show, Jennifer had one scene in Act Two. Problem solved and low self-esteem solidified. Speaking of gender-bending casting, when I was in high school, we didn't have enough male leading men auditioning for The Fantasticks, so my talented friend Lisa Disraeli was cast as El Gallo and did the show as...La Galla. Si, senor(ita).
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