Molly Pope is a rising actress, concert artist and comedienne whose shows include "The Diva-lution of Molly Pope" (Joe's Pub, The Laurie Beechman Theater) and "The Molly Pope Show" (Joe's Pub). She is a frequent guest at the critically acclaimed gay variety show "The Meeting with Justin Sayre" and has performed in the long-running hit Top Ten Countdown show, "Our Hit Parade", at Joe's Pub over 25 times. Other concert and live appearances include "Cafe Panache" at the Griffin, "Foreign Affairs" at the Night Hotel, "Tingel Tangel Club," and regular guest hosting of "Mostly Sondheim" at the Duplex. Current projects include the monthly "MIXER with Molly Pope" at Vlada Bar (Time Out New York Critic's Pick),headlining the Springfield Black Tie 2011 AIDS in the Ozarks fundraiser, and a debut album, slated for release summer 2012.
On stage she has appeared as in "King Lear" (Gallery Players/Players Shakespeare), "Bromance: The Dudesical" (Caroline's on Broadway, 92Y Tribeca), "Twelfth Night: The Drinking Game" (Legitimate Theater Co) and in the tour of "Swing For Victory" (Lively Arts). Molly's on camera work includes "Law & Order: SVU," "Secrets of the Mystic Oracle," and "Hunting and Evie's Big Break" (both at Big Apple Film Festival).
Now Molly will bring her latest show "Introducing Molly Pope" to the Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue) in NYC on December 2nd and 4th at 9:30pm. Come on down and join the fabulous Ms. Pope as she careens through a decade of life in the big city, from fresh off the bus to jaded urbanite, on her uproarious climb up that storybook ladder to fame and fortune. Viewed through her unique lens of post-modern-movie-musical-irony, she revisits all the highs and lows of her journey to becoming the next big thing of 1963...in 2011. Juxtaposing her critically-acclaimed retro vibe against a backdrop of popular music spanning the 1940's to the Top 40, Ms. Pope is dying to meet you. For tickets call 212-695-6909!
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? The girl who played Yente the Matchmaker in a high school production I saw when I was...really really young, Barbra Streisand, and general failure on the swim team.
2. Who is the one person or more than one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? That's a hefty list. It includes the late Bobby Short and the Public Theater.
3. What excites you about your upcoming show "Introducing Molly Pope" and what do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? How does this show differ from your previous ones? I'm anxious to see how the work we're doing now will further focus the show and tell the story. In a perfect world, the audience comes away feeling like they had a delicious break from reality for 70 minutes (including encore), like they went on a little trip, maybe felt some things. With this show I'm trying to underpin the music with a clear storyline, but still keep-it-simple-stupid and just interpret the crap out of songs.
4. What made you want to perform at the Laurie Beechman Theatre? How does this venue cater to your style? The Beechman is such an intimate venue that can still pack in a crowd, everyone there treats you like family and the burger is fantastic. I think it caters to my style because it feels a little like an old school supper club, but it never feels like a bigger space than I can reach.
5. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? I let things get too complicated and cerebral and neurotic. I should just shut up and sing.
6. You have been a guest on the hilariously brilliant gay variety show, "The Meeting," hosted by Justin Sayre (whom I've had the pleasure of interviewing). What is the best part about performing on "The Meeting" and what have you learned from working with Justin? The best part: How incredibly "in the moment" it all is, especially the sketches. They always seem to involve some improvising/accidents/audience interaction that remind me why I love live performance. What I learned from Justin: The audience is the most important person in the room.
7. How did you get involved with "Mostly Sondheim" and what do you enjoy most about hosting the show? The fabulous regular hosts of Mostly Sondheim (currently Ben Cameron and Emily MacNamara with Brian Nash on piano) are sometimes unable to host and I magically found myself on the list of approved substitutes. I suppose I had been seen singing in enough cabarets and gay bars that I defaulted into qualifying. The best moments are when someone gets on that stage and has a moment for him/herself with a song because that song is the only thing that can express what he/she is going through at that moment, that night.
8. What made you start "MIXER with Molly Pope" at Vlada? 2 things: 1. I know an insane number of talented, attractive, really great single gay men and I've been saying for years that if I could just get them all into one room they would inevitably pair off (and eventually hire me as the wedding singer). 2. I like to create my own opportunities.
9. What's the best advice you've ever received? "Wear higher heels, it gives you more sex appeal. Those look like nun's shoes." - A Good Samaritan of Cherry Grove, Fire Island
10. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Bobby Short. I really REALLY love Bobby Short.
11. Favorite way to spend your day off? Favorite way to stay in shape? I'll give myself a day off when I play Carnegie Hall. I love to swim and Zumba with Fox (www.zumbawithfox.com). Wendy Fox is a joy of a human. You never feel judged, just work it out however you need to.
12. Favorite skin care product? Favorite kind of shoes? Biore strips. I like to indulge in a "Triple Biore Experience" with one on my forehead, nose and chin. It's epic. I live in my faux-Frye Durango motorcycle boots and enjoy a nice Steve Madden pump.
13. Favorite website? Facebook. But I hate it. But I'm addicted to it.
14. "Glinda" or "Elphaba"? Only if I can sing it down the octave.