The artist, who is blessed with a powerful, lush belt, recently finished a workshop production of Man of La Mancha that featured an all-female cast under the direction of Gordon Greenberg. Pitre, who also played the ill-fated Fantine in Toronto, Montréal, and Paris productions of Les Misérables, will next head to Toronto's Coal Mine Theatre December 13-23 for performances of the sung-through, one-act holiday show, A Coal Mine Christmas. And, Florida audiences will be under her spell when she brings her newest concert act, Chasing Rainbows, featuring all Judy Garland songs, to the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center January 7, 2017.
The celebrated singing actor will also perform her remarkable cabaret act as part of Playbill Travel's star-studded Broadway on the High Seas 8 Caribbean cruise in February 2017; click here for more information.
I recently asked Pitre to pen a list of her five most memorable nights onstage; her responses follow:
When Davy Jones [of The Monkees] came to see Mamma Mia! on Broadway, he surprised the whole cast by his extreme grace and thoughtfulness. We all waited onstage while they brought him from the audience to come and say hello. When he came onstage, he walked directly to me and said, “Louise, what an amazing performance,” etc. and then to a few of the others, same thing with their name attached to the compliment. What a classy thing to do; learn names before shaking their hand!
Opening of Mamma Mia!
Les Misérables (Montreal)
I was in the middle of singing “One of Us” at the top of Act II of Mamma Mia!—a nice, quiet song. A cell phone went off at what I think was the most perfect moment: “One of us is lonely. One of us is only (CELL PHONE RINGS!). Waiting for a call...” David Holcenberg at the podium shot me the most wonderful smile as we went on.
When Burt Reynolds came to see Mamma Mia! in Toronto, he came backstage. Tina Maddigan, who was playing Sophie, was young enough to not know Burt Reynolds. She joked with him, and he looked at me and said, “I got stuff in my fridge older than her!” I still quote that line!
Well, that’s all for now. Happy diva-watching! E-mail questions or comments to [email protected].
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