Last week production on Rebecca, based on the 1938 gothic novel and subsequent hitchock thriller about the haunted estate at Manderlay came to an uncompromisingly abrupt halt. Paul Abrams, the mysterious overseas producer who’s ship had come to the rescue back in August when lead producer, Ben Sprecher, announced a $4.5 million shortfall, took his exit just as suddenly as reports filtered in that he had died of malaria last week. Leaving the production in the lurch, Sprecher was forced to admit that he had never actually met Mr. Abrams, had corresponded with him simply via email and, in the absence of both a death certificate or obituary, couldn’t be certain that the mysterious investor ever existed. More
Today, Alexis and Andres talk about Falsettos auditions, what it’s like to be on the other side of the table and how fabulous Blythe Wilson is.
Barb Barsky is best known for originating the role of Norma Desmond in the Canadian Premiere of Sunset Boulevard, her much lauded turn as Mama Rose in the Arts Club Production of Gypsy and her seven Dora nominated performances including Mimi Schwinn in Acting Up Stage’s A New Brain.
What musical will you always remember for its choreography/dancing?
I have a great fondness for West Side Story, Sweet Charity and Chicago. But for me the best marriage of dance and story will always be Michael Bennett’s A Chorus Line. The depiction of the dancer’s life was truthful and inspiring. Years ago I had the good fortune to be cast by Mr. Bennett in the first national company, and I remember the audition as if it were yesterday. We were all asked not to chew gum (as per the actual script) and to do a triple time step and a double turn. Even though these are the most basic of steps , they remain the great leveler. “Hello Twelve,” “The Music and The Mirror,” and of course, “One”… brilliant. More
I always wonder what the twins will think of musical theatre. Will they be avid fans who accompany me to opening nights from a young age? Or will musical theatre be the nerdy thing that their Dad does which they wouldn’t be caught dead getting involved with?
Wanting to find the balance between imposing my passions onto my children and NOT, I have been very careful to not introduce too much musical theatre to them. I haven’t yet made them watch the DVD of the original Into The Woods (do you think a 3 month old can appreciate the genius that is Joanna Gleason?), and our Annie wig will stay packed in the box this Halloween. More