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Entries in "Gypsy" (2)

Sunday
Dec132009

Leigh Ann Larkin

Photo Credit: Kirsty FurgI had the pleasure of personally interviewing Leigh Ann Larkin during the Abingdon Theatre's "Marathon '33" benefit back in October. In person, Leigh Ann radiates kindness and joy with an energy that shines as bright as the sun. On Broadway she has starred as "Dainty June" in the Tony Award winning revival of "Gypsy" starring Patti LuPone, Boyd Gaines, and Laura Benanti, while Off-Broadway, she starred in "The Yellow Wood." Leigh-Ann has toured with country in Walt Disney's "On The Record" (which also starred fellow "Adaubmelle's Quest" participant Andy Karl) and has been seen regionally at the Pittsburgh Musical Theatre ("Belle" in "Beauty and the Beast"), Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera ("Deborah Sue" in "Bye, Bye, Birdie"), West Virginia Public Theatre (as "Emma" in "Jekyll & Hyde," "Lily" in "The Secret Garden," and "Liesl" in "The Soud of Music"), Williamstown Theatre Festival (Featured Dancer in "Where's Charlie"), and at the Cincinnati Conservatory ("Claudia" in "Nine" & "Jen" in "Jon & Jen"). Her TV roles include "Lipstick Jungle," "The Flight of the Concords," and recurring roles on "Guiding Light" & "All My Children." Currently, Leigh Ann can been seen back on Broadway in the revival of "A Little Night Music" starring Angela Lansbury & Catherine Zeta-Jones. For more on Leigh Ann Larkin visit: http://www.leighannlarkin.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Patti LuPone and my mother who got me started and was very supportive.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Low E, high C, and high E. I'm working on high E flat.

3. What has been your most embarrassing on-stage moment? When I punched a hole through the train in "Gypsy."

4. Out of all the people you have worked with, who did you learn the most from? Arthur Laurents.

5. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? Meryl Streep and Mary Louise Parker.

6. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I've got a "green" thumb--love to garden.

7. Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks. one pump of soymilk in a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

8. Favorite skin care product? I'm an organic girl. I love Alba moisturizer and face wash. Actually, I love all their products.

9. Favorite website? http://www.steelers.com/ (Pittsburgh Baby!)

10. "Saved By The Bell" or "Beverly Hills 90210"? "Saved By The Bell."

Wednesday
Oct212009

Lane Bradbury

While attending The Abingdon Theatre Benefit "Marathon '33" on Monday, October 19, I had the pleasure of personally interviewing, in her first blog interview, Lane Bradbury, the original "Dainty June" in Broadway's "Gypsy" which starred Ethel Merman as "Rose." Her other Broadway credits include "J.B.," "The Night of the Iguana," and "Marathon '33." Lane has also been seen in such hit TV shows as "Gunsmoke," "The Mod Squad," "The Partridge Family," "The Waltons," "I'll Fly Away," "In The Heat of The Night," "Party of Five", and "Savannah."  Currently, Lane is the Artistic Director of the Valkyrie Theater of Dance and Drama which brings drama and dance to at risk teens.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Performing was always something I did. Something was just in me that made me want to perform. As a young child I would always dance on the sofa and to spruce things up I would change my clothes, putting on my Sunday best to make the performance more colorful.

2. When did you realize you wanted to become a performer? When I was a child. Mother started taking me to ballet at age 5 so I was always gearing up for some kind of performance. Performing professionally was a natural manifestation of what I already did a lot.

3. What has been your best & worst experience in a show? My best experience was the first play I ever did, "Ondine."  My worst experience was working with Jerry Robbins in Gypsy.

4. Is there ever a time you thought about quitting? If so what did you consider doing? I never thought about quitting. Being on Broadway was very tough and eventually that experience morphed into me focusing more on dance and doing my own thing and which ultimately led me to becoming the Artistic director of Valkyrie Theater of Dance & Drama. I bring dance & drama to at risk teens after school. I like to mix in professional people with the kids watch what unfolds.

5. Out of all the people you've worked with, who did you learn the most from? Dorothy Alexander, my first ballet teacher taught me and inspired me a lot.

6. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? At the moment, no one comes to mind, but I will let you know if I think of one.

7. What's the best advice you given someone, but not taken for yourself? Use the negative experiences of your life and making something positive out of them. Also, bring yourselves honestly to what you are doing.

8. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I just finished reading "True Compass" by Ted Kennedy. Growing up, the Kennedy family were legends and I dream that they really made a difference in this world. To me, they are the epitome of turning a negative experience into a positive one.

9. Favorite pastime? Training my new Pomeranian puppy.

10. Favorite play/musical? My favorite play is "Good Bobby" about Bobby Kennedy. My favorite musical is "Cats."