Karen Ziemba Finds Variety to Be the Spice of Life

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Following her Tony win for Contact 2000, one might have expected singer-dancer-actress Karen Ziemba to sit and wait for her next big Broadway starring role. Instead, she headed everywhere but Broadway, not returning to the Great White Way until last fall's Never Gonna Dance, which earned her another Tony nomination.
Karen Ziemba
Karen Ziemba

"After I did Contact," explained Ziemba, "I'd done two years of dancing each night for a half an hour straight. That was fabulous. Yet, after that, I had such a desire to do something totally different, and go off and do Much Ado About Nothing at Hartford Stage, and an Alan Ayckbourn play, House and Garden, which I did upstate at Geva. That was such a delineation for me, because it was about language and text."

Ziemba also participated in Bye Bye Birdie with the Encores! concert series, Neil Simon's The Dinner Party with Vermont's Oldcastle Theatre Company and Threepenny Opera at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Currently, the always-working actress is performing as Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls at the Paper Mill Playhouse.

"Anytime there's a great musical, like Guys and Dolls—I mean they're perfect shows, the scores are fabulous," she said. "You want to do them while you can. And Never Gonna Dance, on another note, was an evening of Jerome Kern. And I thought, if nothing else, I'm going to be singing some of the best songs ever written. That doesn't happen very often. It turned out to be a wonderful experience."

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