DIVA TALK: Tony Winner and The Snow Geese Star Victoria Clark Ponders Her Dream Roles (and Dream Teams)

By Andrew Gans
November 29, 2013

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



Victoria Clark
Victoria Clark, the gifted singing actress who won her Tony Award for her beautifully moving performance in Adam Guettel's The Light in the Piazza, is currently illuminating another family drama, Sharr White’s The Snow Geese at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The Daniel Sullivan-directed production, which co-stars Mary-Louise Parker, Danny Burstein, Brian Cross, Christopher Innvar, Evan Jonigkeit and Jessica Love, casts Clark as Clarissa Hohmann, who tries to force her more romantic sister Elizabeth (Parker) to face the reality of the financially crumbling world in which they now live. Clark, whose performance is every bit as powerful as her numerous musical theatre outings, provides what may be the most memorable and touching moment of the play, a second-act scene with Elizabeth’s conflicted son Arnold (Cross) that shows the full beating heart that lies beneath Clarissa’s more severe exterior.

Diva Talk recently asked the multitalented Clark to choose five of her dream stage roles. The actress, who will return to her Tony-nominated role as Marie in the acclaimed Broadway debut of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella in January, said, "Most of my dream roles are in plays or musicals that haven't been written or composed yet — women who are strong and determined and blessedly flawed trying to find their way out of some tangle or other. I am eternally open to ideas about who these women might be and the circumstances that compel them to act. However...if I had to choose women who have already been created and fleshed out by actors before me, I will list a few, and while we're dreaming, I will go ahead and assemble the beginning of a team. Why not?"

Laura Osnes
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Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd with Nathan Gunn, Laura Osnes, Jeff Blumenkrantz and Brian Cross, directed by Garry Hines

Mary Beth Peil
'Night Mother with Mary Beth Peil, directed by David Cromer (at The Williamstown Theater Festival)

Cherry Jones
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Liza Elliot in Lady in the Dark with Cherry Jones, Matthew Morrison, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Brian d'Arcy James, Anna Leigh Ashford; directed by Ted Sperling

Harriet Harris
Mame, directed by Jonathan Butterell with Harriet Harris, Ann Harada and my son playing older Patrick — produced by Robyn Goodman

Clark in The Light in the Piazza.
Photo by Joan Marcus
Margaret Johnson in the Broadway revival of The Light in the Piazza (Hey, they're bringing back the revival of the revival of Cabaret!) at Lincoln Center Theater ...or the West End premiere at the Chocolate Factory!

[Tickets and more information are available by calling (212) 399-3050 or visiting ManhattanTheatreClub.com. The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre is located at 261 West 47th Street.]

[Clark will also be part of Bless This House: A Holiday-ish Benefit Celebration, which will raise funds for repairs for the historic Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew and will be presented Dec. 9 at 7 PM at the Upper West Side church. The evening will also feature the talents of Ricky Ian Gordon, Kelli O’Hara, Greg Naughton, David Hyde Pierce, Kimilee Bryant, Brian Cross, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Lindsay Mendez, Mary Louise Parker, Cantor Ari Priven and singer-songwriter Jane Kelly Williams. Click here for additional information.]

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

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Diva Talk runs every other week on Playbill.com. Senior editor Andrew Gans also pens the weekly columns Their Favorite Things and Stage Views.

PHOTO ARCHIVE: Tony Award Winner Victoria Clark Onstage

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Victoria Clark, Jason Graae and Alyson Reed in A Grand Night for Singing
Photo by Martha Swope