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Tuesday
Jun132017

Call Redialed: Lane Bradbury: "Let Me Entertain You, Again" at Don't Tell Mama

Lane Bradbury, Photo Credit: Angelique HannahThey say the third time's a charm and that couldn't be more true. I have interviewed Lane Bradbury, Broadway's original "Dainty June" in Gypsy twice before about her upcoming one-woman show Let Me Entertain You, Again, but this time around, we really got deep into the heart of this show, Lane's struggles, her freedoms, and most of all, the backstage drama of Lane's time working with Ethel Merman & Jerome Robbins in Broadway's original production Gypsy!

Written by Doug DeVita and directed by Elkin Antoniou, Let Me Entertain You, Again is a highly personal tour of how Lane Bradbury went from being an Atlanta Debutante to a performer on "The Great White Way" during the Golden Age of Broadway. Songs include "Gee, But It's Good To Be Here," "Corner Of The Sky," and "Another Hundred People," among others, as well as four songs from Gypsy: "Broadway," "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "If Momma Was Married," and, of course, "Let Me Entertain You."

Let Me Entertain You, Again played it's first return engagement on June 6 and will now play it's second performance Thursday, June 29 at 7pm at Don't Tell Mama in NYC (343 West 46th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue). Click here for tickets!

For more on Lane be sure to visit http://lanebradbury.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter!

1. This June you are bringing back your one-woman show, Let Me Entertain You, Again to NYC, but this time you are performing it at Don't Tell Mama. What made now the right time to return with this show? I got an amazing manager by the name of Stephen Hanks and this was the first thing we did together, so that's why now.

2. Why did you want to do this run at Don't Tell Mama? It's a classic place. I love the intimacy of the venue. I mean "Don't Tell Mama," the title alone just sounds so enticing and it adds a little bit of sweet wickedness to that name. And I've seen other cabaret shows there, so I just felt the venue was perfect for me.

Me: Also since you created the role of "Dainty June" in Broadway's Gypsy and you had "Mama" in that show, "Mama Rose," maybe there's a little tie in there with "Don't Tell Mama." 

Lane: You just put that together, [laughs], but "Mama" sure does stand out.

Lane Bradbury in "Let Me Entertain You, Again" at Don't Tell Mama 2017, Photo Credit: Stephen Hanks3. What do you hope to gain from this return engagement that you did not get from your previous mountings of this show? I would like to keep the momentum going and get more engagements of Let Me Entertain You, Again because it's so much fun to do.

Me: Well, it's a lot of fun to watch.

4. This is the third production of Let Me Entertain You, Again that I will be coming to see. Where do you hope this show will take you/your career? I would love to do another Broadway musical. That would just be the perfect icing on the cake. I would love to do a play too, but prefer a musical because I love music. 

5. Which part of the show, Let Me Entertain You, Again, is the hardest for you to perform? Which part is the most fun? There is no hard part, just fun. I talk about this in the show, but I came back to this show with a lot of fear, so much so that it paralyzed me. I would get sooo furious when I got something wrong, but after working with my daughter Elkin Antoniou and her husband film director Bobby Garabedian, they really got me me to loosen up and absolutely fall into freedom and joy and let the mistakes become okay. I've known this from acting, sometimes the best moments are the times when you make a mistake and then something real takes over. You go into your unconscious and something wonderful comes out. That's just a great thing to know and to try to live by. Elkin and Bobby really showed me that.

Lane Bradbury in "Let Me Entertain You, Again" at Don't Tell Mama 2017, Photo Credit: Stephen Hanks6. In our very first interview back in 2009, I asked you "What was your worst experience in a show?" At that time, you had said "Working with Jerome Robbins in Gypsy was your worst experience." If Gypsy were being mounted today with you, Ethel Merman, and Jerome Robbins as director and choreographer, how do you think Lane Bradbury of today would handle those big personalities as opposed to Lane Bradbury of yesterday? I hope, with Jerry, from the experiences I've had and the years I've got under my belt would help me not become so paralyzed by his personality and that I would say something like "You know you want a good performance from me. I want a good performance too. The best way to get that is to be positive with me and encourage me, rather than put me down because, now, I have to rise above all your negativity and that's just really hard to do. So you are making your job and my job harder."

With Merman, I don't know how you communicate with somebody who doesn't communicate. Unless, in the interim, she had grown some or exerpienced something in life that would have changed her, I would probably do the same that I did back then, just do the best performance I could do and pretend I was working with someone else, rather than actually working with her. That's one of the things we learn to do in method acting, if the character or the other actor in the scene doesn't work for you in the way they should, then you think they are someone else so it doesn't hang you up. It makes it real for you.

Me: That says so much about the struggle you went through at the time and it's great to hear how much stronger you are now and rise above it all.

Lane: I sure hope so. As artists there is something very delicate and exposed about us and that needs to be protected. That was something Jerome Robbins, I don't think really understood, although he went to the studio, so he was taught that, but a lot of people that know the method seem to have something about their personality where they just can't be as positive as we would like them to be. As artists we have to adjust the best we can and somehow be able to use whatever they are giving us to be better and not let ourselves go down into that negative place where there is no getting back from.

Me: Well, I think you would be able to do it.

Lane: I think I would too. [Laughs]. But I'm looking back over the road at how difficult that was.

Me: Sure and at the time you were just a teenager.

Lane: I was 17. Until that time, I had never come across that negativity. My ballet teacher was an angel and the most positive being in my life. Then when I did Ondine, they just encouraged everything I did, so when I got with Jerry Robbins, it was such a shocker, just something out of the blue.

Me: Especially after coming from such a positive reinforcement with your ballet teacher to go to his negativity, I'm sure it was quite a shock.

Lane: It was. Truly, truly, truly.

Lane Bradbury in "Let Me Entertain You, Again" at Don't Tell Mama 2017, Photo Credit: Stephen Hanks7. With your dream of coming back to Broadway, if you could be put into any show currently running on Broadway or coming next season, which show or shows would you like to be part of? I don't get into Manhattan a lot to go to the theatre, but I'd love to play "Diana" in a revival of Next To Normal (even though I'm probably too old for the part, I could pull it off). That would be the pennacle role for me.

Me: I think you could pull it off. I remember in one of our previous interviews you mentioned wanting to work with Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey and how you'd love them to write you a musical about "Diana" after she gets out of treament. So, let's put this out there again for that to happen.

Lane: Yes, lets. And the other show I'm really really right for would be Pippin. While I was doing Let Me Entertain You, Again in LA, someone said to me, "Lane, you should play 'Madame Rose'" in Gypsy. I thought, I could do that, even though I feel my size would work a little bit against me, my voice would work for me. I wish I knew more of the current season, but I'm hoping Let Me Entertain You, Again, will put me in a better position to see more shows.

8. On "Call Me Adam" I have a section called One Percent Better, where through my own fitness commitment, I try to encourage people to improve their own life by one percent every day. What is something in your life that you want to improve by one percent better every day? I would still love to drop away the negativity that comes into your mind when something doesn't go right and replace it with the magic and wonder that is positive. I know to do that, but it's so easy for the little dark thoughts to invade us, but the quicker we can get over those, shed them and put something positive in there, the better off we are. It's a habbit we need to do.

Me: You have to consciously work at it, to put the postive in your mind and not let the negative take over.

Lane: Right.

Lane Bradbury, Photo Credit: Angelique HannahMore on Lane:

Lane Bradbury created the role of "Dainty June" in Broadway's Gypsy starring Ethel Merman. Her other stage credits include J.B., The Night of the Iguana, and Marathon '33. Her film credits include Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Hawaii, The Barony, and Consenting Adults, and her TV work includes In the Heat of the Night, Kung Fu, The Rockford Files, The Partridge Family, The Waltons, and The Mod Squad.

Wednesday
Dec232015

Call Answered: Klea Blackhurst: Merman's Apprentice at Birdland

Klea Blackhurst, Photo Credit: Kevin AlveyI have known about Klea Blackhurst for quite some time now, but it wasn't until I saw her last June in Stephen Cole and David Evans' new show Merman's Apprentice that I really got to see and hear what she can do. Klea is a powerhouse vocalist, similar to Ethel Merman, which is why it's so fitting that she stars in Merman's Apprentice, which is coming back for a one-night only return engagement at Jim Caruso's Broadway at Birdland on Monday, January 18 at 7pm (315 West 44th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue). The evening will also celebrate the release of the Original Cast Album produced by John Yap for Jay Records (CDs will be available at the show for purchase)! Click here for tickets! 

Merman’s Apprentice is a tuneful new musical comedy about childhood, parents, Broadway, and Ethel Merman. Who could ask for anything more? Picture it: 1970. The Golden Age of Musical Theatre is drawing to an end. But twelve-year-old Muriel Plakenstein doesn't know that. So she runs away from home to become a Broadway star, and meets the Queen of Broadway, Ethel Merman, who takes her to a Hello, Dolly! rehearsal where they sing together. When legendary producer David Merrick hears the kid, he decides to star Muriel in the first all-child cast of Dolly! Naturally, Merman takes her under wing to teach her the ropes of being a star...making little Muriel Plakenstein Merman's Apprentice.

Klea Blackhurst will star as Ethel Merman with a star-studded supporting cast lead by Tony Nominee Anita Gillette, Fred Applegate, Bill Nolte, Adam Grupper, Eddie Korbich, Brian Charles Rooney, F. Michael Haynie, Desi Oakley, Sarah Sessler, a six piece band with orchestrations by Lynne Shankel, led by Lawrence Yurman, and featuring 13 year old Elizabeth Teeter as "Muriel Plakenstein."

For more on Klea follow her on Facebook and Twitter!

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For more on Birdland visit http://www.birdlandjazz.com and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Elizabeth Teeter and Klea Blackhurst in "Merman's Apprentice", Photo Credit: Kevin Alvey1. It's so great to finally get to interview you, especially after seeing you this past June in Merman's Apprentice at Birdland. What was it about this show that made you want to get involved in it? Thanks Adam! (How could I not immediately fall in love with Call Me Adam? Brilliant on so many levels. Thank you for talking with me).

Stephen Cole asked me about doing Merman's Apprentice and while I am a great proponent of Ethel Merman and her remarkable career, I am not particularly good at imitating her. So I loved the idea of a fable that cast Merman as the biggest star in the world in the eyes of a 12 year old fan. In this story, Merman represents all that is good and real in forging a life in the theatre. The real Ethel Merman matters and informs the shape of the show, but this Ethel is not an impersonation, she is the essence of the Broadway we all think existed in the golden age! My introduction to the piece was "Taking the Veil" the most brilliant take on what it's really like to live a lifetime of 8 shows a week. I didn't need to know anything else. I was hooked.

Klea Blackhurst, Elizabeth Teeter and Bill Nolte in "Merman's Apprentice", Photo Credit: Kevin Alvey2. Now Merman's Apprentice is coming back for a return engagement on January 18. What are you looking forward to most about getting back into the life of Ethel Merman? We have the most delightful and talented cast assembled. We had a ball putting the concert together in June and recording the album so it will be a joy to see everyone again and get back into the groove.

3. How are you most like Ethel Merman and what are your differences? I am a natural belter and Ethel Merman was the originator of that sound, so we have that in common. When it comes to differences, she had 13 hits on Broadway. I have yet to be in a Broadway show. So there's that.

Filmed by LMP c (2015/16)

4. In one word, how would you describe Ethel Merman? Lucky.

Cast of "Merman's Apprentice", Photo Credit: Kevin Alvey5. What is it like to portray one of Broadway's biggest names? Did you have any reservations about playing "Ethel Merman"? How do you feel you've put your Klea Blackhurst signature on this role? Well, it's fun to portray Ethel Merman because she was so honest. She didn't really have a filter. She called the way she sang honest. She took a breath, she sang until she used it up and then she took another one. I find that a delightful person to bring to life. She is unreserved. I feel like I just have to identify the emotion of any given moment and then step on the gas. Mad. Sad. Broken. Exasperated. Triumphant. And so on.

I have no reservations playing Ethel Merman. At least not in a project that is respectful and has a good heart. I have put the Klea Blackhurst signature on this role by simply showing up and giving it my all. I believe in what Merman's Apprentice has to say about dreams and show business. And I love to sing. Thanks to David Evans and Stephen Cole, sing I do!

Elizabeth Teeter and Klea Blackhurst in "Merman's Apprentice", Photo Credit: Kevin Alvey6. How do you think Ethel Merman would react to your portrayal of her if she came to see Merman's Apprentice? I think she'd love it! I hope so anyway. I love her and she is the heroine in a fabulous fable. And I can sing in a way that I believe she would approve of.

7. What role of Ethel Merman's would you want to re-create? Panama Hattie.

8. What advice you would give to Ethel Merman if she were alive today? Learn to tweet. We'd all love to know what you had to say.

9. Since Merman's Apprentice takes place in the Golden Age of Broadway, if you could go back to that time in history, what shows would you want to be in? Kismet and Fanny. I just went with the first two that came to mind.

10. One section of "Call Me Adam" that I am building up is entitled "One Percent Better," where through my own fitness workouts, I'm hoping to inspire people to improve their life everyday by 1%. If you were to improve your life by 1% everyday, what would you change? Consistency in my exercise regime. A belter's got to stay in shape. I'd like to feel like I was always in training.

Klea Blackhurst in "Merman's Apprentice", Photo Credit: Kevin AlveyMore on Klea:

Klea Blackhurst is an actress, singer and comedienne known for her award-winning tribute to Ethel Merman, Everything The Traffic Will Allow. Klea will be starring in the Chicago premiere of Hazel at Drury Lame Theater in Oakbrook Terrace, IL from March 31 through May 29. Most recently she starred in the highly acclaimed production of Hello, Dolly! at The Goodspeed Opera House and The Nutty Professor, which premiered in Nashville, directed by legendary comedian, Jerry Lewis and featuring a score by Marvin Hamlisch and Rupert Holmes. Klea also played "Rose" in Drury Lane Chicago’s Gypsy, garnishing rave reviews in 2012. She’s performed with symphony orchestras and in theatrical productions across the country and abroad including the London Palladium presentation of Jerry Herman’s Broadway with Angela Lansbury, the recent Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra tribute to Marvin Hamlisch, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, 12 Mabel Mercer Foundation Cabaret Conventions, New York’s Town Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, New York’s 92nd Street Y Lyrics & Lyricists, (Leo Robin & Cole Porter) The Chicago Humanities Festival and as "Ado Annie" in the BBC Proms concert of Oklahoma! in London’s Royal Albert Hall. Klea’s nightclub engagements include tributes to the Broadway career of composer Vernon Duke at the Café Carlyle with a subsequent sold-out engagement at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater and Dreaming of a Song: The Music of Hoagy Carmichael, a collaboration with Billy Stritch. TV and radio: "Shelby Cross" on the IFC Channel comedy series, Onion News Network, Law and Order: SVU, Sesame Street, and A Prairie Home Companion. Theatre credits include: New York – A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, Bingo, By Jupiter, Radio Gals, Oil City Symphony; Regional – Call Me Madam, Chicago, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Red Hot and Blue, Anything Goes. Klea’s albums are on the Ghostlight Records label and available at www.ghostlightrecords.com. She’s featured on Jule Styne in Hollywood on PS Classics; the original cast recordings of Bingo and Radio Gals; Lost in Boston IV, Unsung Irving Berlin, and The Best of Off-Broadway. Klea is a Distinguished Alumna of The University of Utah and a member of Trinity Boxing Club NYC.

Friday
Jun052015

Call Answered: Facetime Interview Stephen Cole and David Evans: Merman's Apprentice

David Evans, Klea Blackhurst, and Stephen Cole at Birdland Jazz"Call Me Adam" chats with writer and lyricist Stephen Cole and composer David Evans about their NEW musical Merman's Apprentice which will be presented as a one night only concert at NYC's famed Birdland Jazz on Monday, June 15 at 7pm as part of Broadway at Birdland. Click here for tickets!

In Merman's Apprentice, The Golden Age of Musical Theatre is drawing to an end, although twelve-year-old "Muriel Plakenstein" doesn't know that. So she runs away from home to become a Broadway star, meets the Queen of Broadway "Ethel Merman," who takes her to a Hello, Dolly! rehearsal, where they sing together. When legendary producer David Merrick hears the kid, he decides to star "Muriel" in the first all-child cast of Dolly! Naturally, "Merman" takes her under wing to teach her the ropes of being a star...making little "Muriel Plakenstein" Merman's Apprentice!

For more on Merman's Apprentice follow them on Facebook!

Call Me Adam's Merman's Apprentice interview with Stephen Cole and David Evans:

Merman's Apprentice is a new musical fable lead by Klea Blackhurst as "Ethel Merman," with Tony nominee Anita Gillette as "Ethel’s Mom," Tony nominee Richard Kind as "David Merrick," P.J. Benjamin as "Ethel’s Pop" and 13 year-old Elizabeth Teeter as "Muriel Plakenstein": Merman's Apprentice. Additional cast members include Adam Grupper, Eddie Korbich and Brian Charles Rooney.

Stephen ColeMore on Stephen:

Stephen Cole is an award-winning musical theatre writer whose shows have been recorded, published, and produced from New York City to London to the Middle East and Australia and Edinburgh, Scotland. Stephen’s creations include: After the Fair, The Night of The Hunter (Goodman), Saturday Night at Grossingers, Casper (Chita Rivera), Dodsworth (Dee Hoty, Hal Linden) and The Road to Qatar. Last season Cole wrote and directed Inventing Mary Martin, which played Off-Broadway starring Emily Skinner, Jason Graae, Lynne Halliday and Cameron Adams.

Stephen Cole’s The Black and White Ball, written with Todd Ellison, was produced by Chicago's FWD Theatre Project this past January. This year, Stephen conceived and wrote and hosted an evening of his songs entitled Cole Mining: The Songs of Stephen Cole at off Broadway's Urban Stages. This evening featured numbers from many of his shows sung by Marni Nixon, Klea Blackhurst, George Dvorsky and Sara Zahn. Stephen has also collaborated with David Krane, Todd Ellison, Susan Kim, Claibe Richardson, Jeffrey Saver, Steve Silverstein, Billy Straus and Matthew Ward.

David EvansMore on David:

David Evans is a composer and musical director/conductor whose credits include: A...My Name is Alice, Children’s Letters to God, Wicked, Company, Flower Drum Song, Bells are Ringing, Marie Christine and As Thousands Cheer. For the past 11 years David has been associate conductor of Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre.

Tuesday
May052015

Call Redialed: 54 Below Interview with Lane Bradbury: Let Me Entertain You, Again

"Call Me Adam" catches up with actress Lane Bradbury! This time around we talk about the advancement of her one woman show Let Me Entertain You, Again which will be at 54 Below on Friday, May 8 at 7pm. Let Me Entertain You, Again is a highly personal tour of how Lane went from being an Atlanta Debutante to a performer on "The Great White Way" during the Golden Age of Broadway. Click here for tickets!

1. You are bringing your show Let Me Entertain You, Again to 54 Below on May 8. What are you looking forward to most about performing at 54 Below? 54 Below is a very romantic as well as an elegant environment to perform in. Just being in the room puts the audience in the mood to be entertained and have a fun evening. The stage is very welcoming to a performer because the audience is very close, and contact with them is easy.

Lane Bradbury in a previous production of "Let Me Entertain You, Again"2. What makes 54 Below the perfect venue for this engagement of the show? I first did Sondheim Unplugged last September and that is when I felt that Let Me Entertain You, Again would be a perfect venue for the show. There is a lot of Sondheim in Let Me Entertain You, Again because it tells of my adventures and misadventures in Gypsy. I could just see it and feel in being performed at 54 Below.

3. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing Let Me Entertain You, Again? I would like the audience to have a fun filled evening, as well as being moved and to re-experience or experience for the first time, through the story of Let Me Entertain You, Again, how New York and Broadway and life was in the 1950s.

4. Let Me Entertain You, Again was written by Doug DeVita and directed by your daughter Elkin Antoniou, with musical direction by Joe Goodrich. What has been the best part about working with everyone? You know, I talk about those three incredible people in the show. It has been such a miraculous journey. I would rather you come and learn about them through the story and me on stage.

Lane Bradbury and Elkin Antoniou in a previous production of "Let Me Entertain You, Again"5. How do you feel your relationship with your daughter has grown from working together? My respect for Elkin as a producer, director, choreographer, writing consultant is beyond superlative words. In one of the many versions I had a line that said, "Lou Antonio and I produced Elkin and now she is producing me." I will just say this, she is capable of producing miracles with whom ever and what ever she puts her hand to.

6. You originally performed this show two years ago at Abingdon Theatre. How do you feel you and the show has grown in these past two years? I feel like it is like a good wine. It has developed it’s taste with time.

7. You were the original "Dainty June" in Broadway's Gypsy which starred Ethel Merman as "Mama Rose." What are some stories you can tell about Ethel that are NOT in Let Me Entertain You, Again? We tell it all in the show, I’m afraid.

8. What do you still want to do that you haven't done yet? I want to work with Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey. I want them to write a musical about "Diana" in Next to Normal after she leaves her home and cast me as "Diana."

Lane Bradbury "Let Me Entertain You, Again"9. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? Oh goodness, I just like "Pino Grigio" . . . Actually, I can think of a name "Goliath," which was the name of my Friesian Stallion . . . so it would be a big potent drink, but someone else will have to come up with the ingredients.

10. How do you want to be remembered? What a hard question. What do you want a book? I care about "at risk children," I care about the homeless, I care about turning our tragedies into some kind of a miracles that makes this world a better place to live in.

Lane BradburyMore on Lane:

Lane began dancing at age five with Dorothy Alexander, founder of the Atlanta Ballet, and was made a member of the company at age twelve. By age 17, she auditioned for the Actor’s Studio in New York. She was admitted, and at that time she was the youngest actor ever to achieve the honor of becoming a lifetime member. After seeing her work at the Actor’s Studio, Elia Kazan cast her in the Broadway play, JB. She then went on to originate the roles of "Dainty June" opposite Ethel Merman in Gypsy, "Charlotte Goodall" in Night of the Iguana, and "Mick" in June Havoc’s Marathon 33. She has appeared in such films as Alice Doesn’t Live Here AnymoreHawaiiThe Barony, and Consenting Adults. She has had guest starring roles in many Movies of Week including: Maybe I’ll Come Home in the SpringDial Hot LineA Real American Hero, and To Dance With the White Dog. She has also appeared in over 40 series including such classics as GunsmokeIn the Heat of the NightKung FuThe Rockford FilesThe Partridge Family, Walking TallSerpicoThe WaltonsPolice StoryMcCloudThe Mod Squad, and The Streets of San Franscisco. Lane is now the artistic director of Valkyrie Theatre of Dance Drama & Film, a non-profit organization that utilizes the arts to bring hope, healing and identity to "at risk" children and teenagers.

Thursday
Sep122013

Lane Bradbury: Let Me Entertain You, Again Interview

Lane Bradbury was the original "Dainty June" in Broadway's Gypsy, starring opposite theatre legend Ethel Merman as "Rose."

Lane is taking to the stage once again in her new autobiographical one-woman show Lane Bradbury: Let Me Entertain You, Again! this Sunday, September 15 at 7pm at the Abingdon's June Havoc Theatre in NYC (312 West 36th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue). Click here for tickets!

1. On Sunday, Sept 15, you are premiering your one-woman show "Lane Bradbury: Let Me Entertain You, Again!" What made you want to create this show? This show was Doug DeVita's idea. When I was here for the Marathon 33 Fund Raiser at the Abingdon, Doug took me to see Next To Normal...I flipped out. I couldn't get out of my seat! Doug sent me the CD! It was always playing when ever I was in my car. I confessed my feelings to Doug about Next To Normal...that I was thinking of what I had to do to go after the part of "Diana" the mother, and play it on the road or what ever.

I received an email from Doug proposing that he had come up with this "insane idea" of writing a "one woman show" for me. "You could sing songs in French and songs from Next To Normal. My feet went COLD. Could I really resurrect a voice that had not sung for 30 years? But, the temptation was too great. I found through my daughter, Elkin, an accompanist, Jan Roper, who has since become the show's musical director. Jan introduced me to Robert Edwards, who became my vocal coach.

Lane Bradbury in "Let Me Entertain You, Again" in Los Angeles2. What made now the right time to premiere it? That is a secret that you will learn by coming to see the show and I don't want to give it away.

3. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing your show? I hope the audience will have such a good time going on this journey with me and come away feeling, "Yes, everything can still come up roses." 

4. You are premiering the show at the Abingdon Theatre's June Havoc. What do you feel this venue offers your show that another one might not? I respect so much what the Abingdon does as a creative force for New York and because we will be in The June Havoc Theater and I played "June" in Gypsy and was in Marathon 33 it has emotional connections for me.

5. What was it like going back through your career and life to create this show? Did you learn anything about yourself through this process or did you rediscover something you lost? This question is answered within the show and the audience will discover the answer as we travel together. What I did discover and can talk about is what the power of love did as I worked with my daughter Elkin, her husband, Bobby Garabedian and the times that Doug and Joe were able to see the show as it as coming together in Los Angeles.

Lane Bradbury as "Dainty June" and Ethel Merman as "Rose" in Broadway's original "Gypsy", Photo Credit: Friedman-Abeles Photograph Collection6. As the original "Dainty June" in Broadway's Gypsy, what are some of your cherished memories from that time? This question is answered in the show as the audience travels with us through with song and dance.

7. Your "Rose" in the original Broadway production of Gypsy was Ethel Merman. What was your experience of working with her? What did you learn from it? Come see the answers come alive.

8. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? Maybe you could ask me that question again sometime, because right now I love so much who I have been working with. I am just so happy to stay in this sacred place for a while.

Lane Bradbury in "Let Me Entertain You, Again" in Los Angeles9. In addition to acting, you are also a teacher. What have your students taught you? That I had a privileged life and if a student doesn't show up for class or disappoints me for one reason or another I don't have the privilege of getting all huffy and put out because I never had to go home to the things the "kids in crises" have to go home to...if when they go home or if they even have a home.

10. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? My Mother always told me: "Where there's a will, there's a way." and "There's no such word as can't." Put that together with visualizing a better world, cooperative conversations and the fact that each of us are special and have something marvelous to contribute. This is my choice of a Super Power and a gift we can all use and give.

More on Lane:

Lane began dancing at age five with Dorothy Alexander, founder of the Atlanta Ballet, and was made a member of the company at age twelve. By age 17, she auditioned for the Actor’s Studio in New York. She was admitted, and at that time she was the youngest actor ever to achieve the honor of becoming a lifetime member. After seeing her work at the Actor’s Studio, Elia Kazan cast her in the Broadway play, JB. She then went on to originate the roles of "Dainty June" opposite Ethel Merman in Gypsy, "Charlotte Goodall" in Night of the Iguana, and "Mick" in June Havoc’s Marathon 33. She has appeared in such films as Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Hawaii, The Barony, and Consenting Adults. She has had guest starring roles in many Movies of Week including: Maybe I’ll Come Home in the Spring, Dial Hot Line, A Real American Hero, and To Dance With the White Dog. She has also appeared in over 40 series including such classics as Gunsmoke, In the Heat of the Night, Kung Fu, The Rockford Files, The Partridge Family, Walking Tall, Serpico, The Waltons, Police Story, McCloud, The Mod Squad, and The Streets of San Franscisco. Lane is now the artistic director of Valkyrie Theatre of Dance Drama & Film, a non-profit organization that utilizes the arts to bring hope, healing and identity to "at risk" children and teenagers.