STAGE VIEWS: Spamalot's Lauren Kennedy

News   STAGE VIEWS: Spamalot's Lauren Kennedy's new series features brief chats with Broadway actors commenting on their recent theatregoing experiences, what productions they are looking forward to and more. Here, we speak with singing actress Lauren Kennedy.

Lauren Kennedy
Lauren Kennedy

What show recently impressed you?
I have to say Book of Mormon because the writers and the directors were able to capture not only wonderful satire, but a big, huge beating heart in the middle of all the silliness. There is such a sweetness and innocence to it. Yes, in the show that says "F--- you, God," there is a real case for faith and religious storytelling. Wow, that was surprising! 

What production are you most excited to see?
I did a round of auditions for a show that is going to play Off-Broadway this year called Rated P for Parenthood. It is hilarious, and as an artistic director of a theatre, I can tell you, it is exactly the kind of show I am always looking for. And, I am super proud of my friends David Rossmer and Dan Lipton, who wrote the music and lyrics!

What play/musical would you most like to be revived on Broadway, and which role would you want to play?
I am not sure all that many peple even know this show, but I have always had a jones to revive The Robber Bridegroom. Rumor has it someone is beating me to it. I have always wanted to play Salome... O.K., so not that I am all that beautiful, but I thought it would make it so interesting if an attractive woman played her and you saw that it was the way she acted that made her ugly — you know, like Snow White's witch instead of the Wicked Witch of the West!

What are your current/upcoming projects?
I have a few things in the works, a couple of concerts with my gorgeous husband [Alan Campbell], and I am an adjunct professor in the musical theatre department at Elon University this year...but mainly auditioning and, as I said, Alan and I run a theatre series called Hot Summer Nights, and our season starts in June and goes through September, so lots of prep for that.

*** Lauren Kennedy has been seen on Broadway in Monty Python's Spamalot (The Lady of the Lake), Side Show (Daisy Hilton) and Sunset Boulevard (original cast) and in London in Trevor Nunn's Royal National Theatre production of South Pacific (Nellie). Her other theatrical credits include Vanities, The Last Five Years (originated Kathleen), The Rhythm Club (originated Petra/Helen Hayes Best Actress nom.), White Christmas (originated Judy Haines), Hot Shoe Shuffle (originated Maddy), Grease (Sandy/MUNY), Nine (Carla/Paper Mill), Evita (Eva/North Carolina Theatre), Chess (Florence/Alliance) and Good News (Corda/Music Theatre of Wichita), among others.

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