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Ok. I have three. One play, two musicals: I would like to play Bella in Neil Simon's Lost In Yonkers. It is such a wonderful play, and I have always felt connected to that time in New York City history. Bella is so ahead of her time despite her mental handicap — I think she's a marvelous character. I also think a revival of City of Angels is in order! As a jazz singer as well as a Broadway performer, I've always been drawn to the score of that piece. I would want to play Donna/Oolie in a revival of that show. And, finally...maybe a few years from now I think Falsettos should be back, and I would very much enjoy playing Trina and singing Bill Finn music every night watching “Jason play baseball.” That would also be a dream.
Oh gosh, it's a toss-up between Mother Courage (herself) and Eulalie Shinn in The Music Man. I can't wait to hit those life-strong broads. What fun. I'd also love to play Lyuba Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard in a Broadway theatre in which the audience is surrounded by branches and blossoms. Losing them would be heartbreaking.
This is a tough one. There are so many great musicals out there… so I’ll give my top three! 42nd Street as Billy Lawlor, Thoroughly Modern Millie as Jimmy Smith and Oklahoma! as Will Parker. I guess I am a fan of the song-and-dance man.
I would like to revive Boeing-Boeing with Mark Rylance! And, I want to play Gretchen (Mary McCormack played the part when I saw it and totally killed it—she was awesome). I saw it twice; the second time, I sat in the front row and could see them cracking each other up. I laughed so hard watching the show, I actually wept. There was something profoundly beautiful and magical about laughing my face off with 1,000 other people; it was so pure.
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