STAGE VIEWS: Elf and Broadway Star Heidi Blickenstaff On Side Show, Found and a Most Happy Fella Revival

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Heidi Blickenstaff
Heidi Blickenstaff

Here, via email, we hear from Broadway singing actress Heidi Blickenstaff, who is currently starring in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Elf.

What show recently impressed you? 
Found!!! I love this show so much! (I've seen it twice.) I haven't laughed like that in a musical since Book of Mormon, and the score is clever and delicious, too. The cast is a motley crew of gorgeous, talented weirdos and I fell in love with all of them. It's such a smart, cool, hilarious ride. (And a tip of the hat to one of my besties and [title of show] collaborator, Hunter Bell, who wrote the book with Lee Overtree. Good job, fellas.)

What production are you most excited to see?
There's so much great stuff to see!! Hard to pick... I'm gonna say Side Show. I was such a huge fan of that show the first time around on Broadway, and I can't wait to see this new incarnation. I, like every aspiring belter in the 90s, was obsessed with Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley, and I memorized every nuance of that cast album. (You can imagine my head popping off when I would later understudy Emily in The Full Monty on Broadway. Every night that I went on for her, I would strap her mic to my back and think that life couldn't get more surreal.) I'm so thrilled that Side Show is getting another Broadway go!! Can't wait!

What play/musical would you most like to revive on Broadway, and which role would you want to play?
The Most Happy Fella. Cleo. Broadway. Boom. smile

What are your current/upcoming projects? 
Well, currently I'm the luckiest girl in the world who gets to play Emily Hobbs in Elf at The Paper Mill Playhouse. It's a perfect Christmas confection, and you should come see it if you like laughing and feeling warm all over in a Christmasy kind of way. smile In January, I start rehearsal for a project that I'm so excited to be a part of. Kid Victory, written by the legendary John Kander and the intensely talented Greg Pierce, is having its world premiere at The Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia. We've been workshopping this musical for several years, and it's very special. It's deep and dark, and the music is glorious. If you can make it to the DC area this winter, you're sure to see something you'll never forget.

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