STAGE VIEWS: The Lyons Star Kate Jennings Grant

Special Features   STAGE VIEWS: The Lyons Star Kate Jennings Grant's series features brief chats with actors commenting on their recent theatregoing experiences, what productions they are looking forward to and more. Here, via e-mail, we hear from actress Kate Jennings Grant, who is currently starring in the critically acclaimed Broadway comedy The Lyons at the Cort Theatre.

Kate Jennings Grant
Kate Jennings Grant

What show recently impressed you?
I have been completely obsessed with Barry Manilow since I was five years old — he is the reason I started performing and playing the piano — and on my night off from The Lyons I got to see him perform at Radio City Music Hall! He sounded absolutely amazing, as always. Not only does he hit every note, he delivers a lyric as if it's the first time he's sung it...and he's performed those songs for decades! He has an incredible connection with his fans, and is a huge inspiration to me.

What production are you most excited to see?
I cannot wait to see Bobby Cannavale in The Big Knife at the Roundabout, directed by the incomparable Doug Hughes. It's the first time the Clifford Odets play has been done on Broadway since the original production, and Bobby is perfect casting. This will be an event!

What play/musical would you most like to revive on Broadway, and which role would you want to play?
Without a doubt, the dream role on Broadway would be Heidi in The Heidi Chronicles, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play that redefined the journey of the American woman with humor and profound intelligence. It's time for a new generation to experience Wendy Wasserstein's groundbreaking play. I had a chance to work on that role a few years ago in the Berkshires, and it remains one of my all-time favorites.

What are your current/upcoming projects?
I'm thrilled to be performing on Broadway in The Lyons alongside the brilliant Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa and an incredible cast. I've had a blast playing the diva-licious fashion editor Maya on MTV's new series "I Just Want My Pants Back," and also filmed a very mysterious recurring role on Roland Emmerich's new pilot for ABC that would shoot in New York if it's picked up. Fingers crossed!

*** Kate Jennings Grant has also appeared on Broadway in Guys and Dolls, Proof and An American Daughter. Read more about her in the Playbill Vault.

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