BWW Blog: Melissa Errico of Alliance Theatre's BULL DURHAM - Silliness & Garter Belts

I'm sitting in rehearsal watching Will Swenson (brilliantly) do "Crash At The Plate" and everyone is laughing so much we are taking a break now. Benny Elledge who plays the umpire, marking Crashes strike outs, is so nuts and can make a meal out of the word "Steeeeeee" which is (I quote) "a derivation of the word STRIKE" Benny says umpires in general don't always finish words. He grunts grotesquely to teach me this moments later, as I interview him for this blog. This is Benny:

BWW Blog: Melissa Errico of Alliance Theatre's BULL DURHAM - Silliness & Garter Belts

He doubles as Eddie the bartender. But he's Freddie the umpire. "Possibly twins... One of the great mysteries of Bull Durham, the musical. That you can come solve when you come see us on the Great White Way."

BWW Blog: Melissa Errico of Alliance Theatre's BULL DURHAM - Silliness & Garter Belts

There. All in a day's play.

BWW Blog: Melissa Errico of Alliance Theatre's BULL DURHAM - Silliness & Garter Belts

My backstage office

PS. While I'm thrilled to peek in as a "guest" at bww, you may know I have my own blog at www.melissaerrico.com and I plan to post exclusive rehearsal video there in a few days! Be sure to subscribe to be notified: http://melissaerrico.com/contact/

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Guest Blogger: Melissa Errico Melissa Errico (Annie) has released several studio recordings featuring soft-rock, folk, jazz and film music, including her own songwriting. CDs: Legrand Affair (Ghostlight Records; produced by Phil Ramone), Blue Like That (EMI; produced by Arif Mardin), and Lullabies and Wildflowers (produced by Rob Mathes; VMG/Universal). She currently plays a recurring role in "The Knick," the new Steven Soderbergh TV series on Cinemax. Leading roles on Broadway: My Fair Lady, Amour (Tony nom), White Christmas,Dracula, Anna Karenina, High Society, and Les Miz (Nat’l tour). Nominated for her sixth Drama Desk Award in the recent revival of Passion and starred in Sondheim’s Sunday in The Park…(Kennedy Center). Off-Broadway: The Importance of Being Earnest, Major Barbara, Finian’s Rainbow. Film includes: (another baseball themed project!) Frequency, Life or Something Like It (playing Angelina Jolie's best friend) and Loverboy, directed by Kevin Bacon. She frequently performs with symphonies and her own band. www.melissaerrico.com and @melissa_errico


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