THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- BULLETS OVER BROADWAY's HELENE YORKE
Welcome to THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with your favorite Broadway stars. Want to know what hooked them to a career in the theater? Their dream roles? Their Broadway crushes? Read on!
In this week's edition, we caught up with Heléne Yorke, who is starring as 'Olive' in Bullets Over Broadway- currently playing at the St. James Theatre.
What is the first Broadway show you ever saw?
Les Miserables at the Imperial Theatre before the current revival there now. It's an incredible full circle to have so many talented friends up on that barricade now. I can't wait to see it!!
What is your most unique pre-show ritual?
Every day I get to the theatre an hour early to do a ballet bar and ab workout with our gorgeous, leggy Stro girls. I find in doing a comedy I HAVE to spend time laughing and chatting before getting up there and attempting to make an audience laugh. Plus, they're offensively hot, so catching them in their warm up onesies and wig caps reminds me they're mortal. They even made a twitter and Instagram account so you can track their shenanigans! @BulletsBabes.
What is your most memorable "the show must go on" moment?
When we were in previews, Woody was constantly adding jokes or we were trimming numbers or adding to them. My head was constantly swimming with new material. We decided to cut a tag on "Lets Misbehave", the song and dance I do with Brooks. We got to the place where we were meant cut to the final line, and after a long pause and with a glazed look in my eyes I looked at Brooks and sang "lets misbehave"????????? He knew if he kept singing and ignored the cut, our music director would have had a heart attack after telling the whole band the rest of the music was OUT. So he just looked at me and wagging his belly said "amen SISTER." In the utter befuddled silence of the confused audience we heard Susan Stroman let out a HUGE guffaw. Woops.
What is the one role you want to play before you die?
Blossom Dearie. She's a lesser known jazz pianist and singer. If you haven't listened to her DO! Start with her version of "Manhattan." It was my gateway drug to her.
Who is your Broadway crush?
Where can people stalk you online?
Follow me on twitter and instagram @HeleneYorke!