STAGE VIEWS: Hands on a Hardbody Star Mary Gordon Murray

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30 Mar 2013

Mary Gordon Murray
Mary Gordon Murray

Playbill.com's series features actors commenting on their recent theatregoing experiences, what productions they're looking forward to and more. Here, via email, we hear from singing actress Mary Gordon Murray, who co-stars in Hands on a Hardbody, the new musical at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre about a gaggle of American dreamers engaged in an endurance contest to win a pickup truck.

What show recently impressed you?
I'm from Los Angeles, so the last play I saw before coming to NYC to rehearse Hardbody was Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark at the Geffen Playhouse. I'm a huge fan of Ms. Nottage — was blown away by her Ruined — and I loved her latest play about Hollywood actress Vera Stark. She brings such a singular voice and perspective to her work. I can't wait to see what she does next.

What production are you most excited to see?
I'll Eat You LastBette Midler in a one-woman show. Cannot wait.

What play/musical would you most like to revive on Broadway, and which role would you want to play?
I played Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret for Reprise in Los Angeles last year. It was a really wonderful production, directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge. If they scooped that up and brought it to town, that would be dandy with me!!!!

What are your current/upcoming projects?
I just opened in Hands on a Hardbody and couldn't be happier! It's got an amazing score by Amanda Green and Trey Anastassio (of Phish fame), and a wonderful book by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright. I play opposite Keith Carradine, which is pure joy. It's the story of a real contest in Longview, Texas, where folks compete to win a Nissan Hardbody truck. This is a true American tale — touching, funny and with a score that rocks the joint! I'm thrilled to be a part of it!

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