1. Describe the last play or musical you saw. (At least provide the what, when, where, and why). What was your opinion of it?
Last summer I went to New York with The Princess to see "Wicked" on Broadway. While I realize the lead performers are replacements, it was great fun to be in the big theatre and see the show, especially with my daughter who was seeing her first Broadway musical.
Since then I’ve seen #1 Son in two plays at college, most recently in a very impressive Senior Thesis adapting several stories by Jorge Luis Borges into a play about young Borges meeting old Borges in a dream. Very affecting and effective.
2. All time favorite play? Musical?
I love "Much Ado about Nothing." My dad took me to see it in New York when I was 11, the production in which a young Sam Waterston played Benedick. More recently, I had the pleasure of seeing my son play a really amazing Dogberry.
It’s very hard to answer the musical part of the question. I love so many of them. All I can tell you is I’ve listened to 1776 about a million times, and it still thrills me when the drums begin the overture. I also have a weakness for Peter Pan, which both boys have been in when younger. For #1 Son, it was his first professional show. For Snowman, it was community theatre, but he got to fly as Michael. Both these things were enough to sweep their mother’s feet off the ground!
“The Producers,” “The Philadelphia Story,” “Hairspray,” “The Wedding
Singer”…all were movies before they were musicals (okay “The
Philadelphia Story” was a play and then a movie, and they changed its
name when it became a musical, but whatever). What non-musical movie do
you think should next get the musical treatment?
Well, they tried The Lord of the Rings, but I hear that was a debacle…
4. Favorite song from a musical? Why?
"Rockin’ the Boat" from Guys and Dolls. It’s funny, it’s rousing, and it has great harmonies. Encore!
The most recent trend in Broadway musical revues is to construct a show
around the oeuvre of a particular super-group or composer, where
existing songs are woven together with some kind of through story. The
most successful of these (“Jersey Boys” (The Four Seasons), “Mamma Mia”
(ABBA), “Movin’ Out” (Billy Joel)) have made a mint, but many (“All
Shook Up” (Elvis), “Hot Feet” (Earth, Wind and Fire)) have bombed. What
great pop/rock singer/composer or super-group should be the next to be
featured, and what might the story-line be for such a show?
How about The Beach Boys, with a storyline spoofing the beach party movies of Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon?
Bonus question for singer/actors. Favorite part you’ve ever played/sung.
Lucy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. I was a senior in high school, and it was the first time in my life the spotlight had literally been on me. Very thrilling. My high-school boyfriend was playing Charlie Brown. It was a great time in my life.
Both my boys have played Charlie Brown, and it was very touching to see them on stage in a play I had been in, too.