What Kate Finneran Does for the Rest of Promises, Promises

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Best Featured Actress in a Musical winner Katie Finneran is onstage for only two scenes at the top of Act II, and said she spends the rest of the show in an unusual way. Her second-floor dressing room bathroom has a pass door into one of the boxes. She said she often slips out and watches the show from behind a curtain. "I call it 'The View from the Loo,' she told the press corps. It makes me feel a part of the show."

She also told a story behind one of the funniest moments in her Promises, Promises performance. Playwright Neil Simon told her that followng the line about her owl coat, he really wanted the characer of Marge to make a hooting owl sound. In response, she went on the internet and listened to the calls of various types of owls. She chose the call of the Western Screeching Owl. She then proceeded to entertain the press corps with a rendition of that call. People laughed, and she observed, "I believe that just got me a Tony."

This is Katie Finneran's second Tony Award. She won her first (Best Featured Actress in a Play) playing the ditzy ingénue in a revival of Noises Off. She has seven Broadway credits to her name, including the seminal 1992 musical My Favorite Year, where she was a member of an ensemble that included fellow 2010 Tony nominee Kevin Chamberlin (The Addams Family). She was in On Borrowed Time, and the long-running revival of Cabaret (one of the many who played Sally Bowles).

— Robert Viagas

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