Monthly Archives: November 2010

The Worst Carmen Performance Ever

I always dreamed of playing the title role in Bizet’s Carmen but, outside of opera previews, was forever fated to play one of Carmen’s two sidekicks, Mercedes. Carmen is the ill-fated gypsy who gets involved with a mama’s boy soldier, … Continue reading

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Then I’m sure to get a brain … a heart … a home, the NERVE!

All the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz needed was a medal. And voilà, courage! If only the solution could be so simple for the rest of us. Stage fright: the scourge of many a performer. Certainly it has … Continue reading

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Laughing and Crying

Once, when I was doing a tour of a musical, the actor playing the bad guy asked me if I laugh when I’m by myself. I thought this was curious, coming from him, because he was also a stand-up comic, a pretty successful one. “Of course I do,” I said. Then he admitted that, for him, laughter was something you put on for other people. Continue reading

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