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I was searching the Internet recently and came across these theater-related news posts. They might have value for you. Take a look! – David

B.D. Wong (#221) – September, 2008
Tony-winner B.D. Wong talks about his ongoing fascination with the 11-character, one-actor musical “Herringbone”, from seeing the original production in 1981 through appearing in it for the third time, currently at New Jersey’s McCarter Theater Center. He also recalls his earliest appearances on stage in high school musicals in San Francisco; his brief matriculation in college and how he forged a career without standard academic credentials; the personal and professional impact of landing the role of Song Liling in David Henry Hwang’s “M. Butterfly” — including how that famous story of identity led him to drop his own first name in favor of his initials and the problems it created when he sought subsequent roles; the travails of being brought in to play a role based on himself in Hwang’s troubled “Face Value” — and how he felt about being portrayed in the more recent “Yellowface”; the joy of being part of the ensemble of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”; and his youthful connection to “Pacific Overtures”, and how it came full circle when he appeared in the Broadway revival. Original air date – September 26, 2008.

Sherie Rene Scott (#202) – May, 2008
“The Little Mermaid”‘s Sherie Rene Scott talks about creating the role of Ursula in the stage version of the beloved animated film, including what she believes the character thinks of herself. She also talks about her earliest dreams of being on stage while still a child in Kansas, her training at the Neighborhood Playhouse when she came to New York, her particular affection for Randy Newman’s “Faust” and why it never made it to New York, working amidst the turmoil of the changing creative team of Disney’s “Aida”, how her family reacted when she got the title role in the stage version of “Debbie Does Dallas”, creating the role of Christine Colgate in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and the future of her one-woman show “You May Now Worship Me”. Original air date – May 16, 2008.

Bobby Lopez (#335) – March, 2012
Where are Broadway’s biggest talents? Downstage Center. The latest sits down with Tony Award winner (“Avenue Q”, “The Book of Mormon”) Bobby Lopez. The composer and lyricist talks to Ted Chapin (American Theatre Wing Chairman of the Board and President and Executive Director of The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization) about his inspiration, the Sondheim influence, finding the comedy, and, of course, “The Book of Mormon”, from its inceptions to its “I Believe” ode to “The Sound of Music.”

Sir Ian McKellen (#290) – October, 2010
One of the greatest classical actors of his generation, Sir Ian McKellen reflects on his more than 50 years on stage, explaining that he’s really only qualified to voice his opinion on two topics: gay issues and theatre. He talks about the recent production of “Waiting for Godot” in which he played opposite Patrick Stewart in London, then Roger Rees in both London and Australia, and which he’d happily perform in yet again (and wonders what the production would have been like had director Sean Mathias have received approval for McKellen’s originally proposed co-star, Dame Judi Dench); why he feels that despite performing it in venues around the world, he never really “cracked” the role of “King Lear” and would like to try again; offers his first thoughts on recalling such roles as Iago, Macbeth, Richard II and Richard III; explains the British system which allowed him to move into a professional career quickly after his university days despite having no formal acting training; how he found himself on Broadway with Ian McShane and Eileen Atkins — only six years after graduating from university — in a Russian play that was a big English hit but a U.S. flop; explores the experience of playing the leading role in “Bent” in both the original production, prior to coming out publicly, and playing it again 10 years later after he had declared his sexuality; and why without his Broadway performance in “Amadeus”, which was entirely the result of Paul Scofield declining to play it in the U.S. and McKellen having gone to school with Peter Hall, he might not even be sitting for a Downstage Center interview. Original air date – October 20, 2010.

As always, thanks for reading!

David Caban
Producer/Host of Sunday Matinee


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