BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Veanne Cox
Today's subject Veanne Cox is currently living her theatre life onstage at Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) playing the role of Arsinoé in The School for Lies. The show runs through July 9th at the Lansburgh Theatre.
Originally from Norfolk Virginia, Veanne's work has been seen on stages all across the country as well as on TV and in film.
As an STC affiliated artist Veanne was seen in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Twelfth Night, The Way of the World, and The Beaux' Stratagem, which garnered her a Helen Hayes Award nomination.
Many of us know Veanne as a musical comedy performer and on Broadway she's done a number of musicals and plays. Select credits include An American in Paris, A Free Man of Color, La Cage Aux Folles, Caroline or Change, The Dinner Party, Company (Tony/Drama Desk nominations), and her Broadway debut production, Smile.
Equally at home working on some smaller stages in New York, Veanne's Off-Broadway credits include The Old Friends and The Most Deserving (2014 Special Drama Desk Award for Excellence), Paradise Park and Spain (Obie Award for Sustained Excellence), Last Easter (Drama Desk nomination), Damn Yankees!, Blind, The Altruists, Freedomland, House and Garden, The Waiting Room, The Batting Cage, Labor Day, and the show that introduced me to Veanne's talents, Flora the Red Menace.
She has performed in some of the country's top regional theatres. A sampling includes Murder on the Orient Express at McCarter Theatre Center, Present Laughter at Two River Theater, Private Lives at Guthrie Theater, Betty's Summer Vacationat Bay Street Theater, The Prisoner of Second Avenue at Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Importance of Being Earnest at La Jolla Playhouse, and Steel Magnolias at Paper Mill Playhouse.
You might have seen her in the films Erin Brockovich, You've Got Mail, Marci X, Big Eden or Beethoven's 4th or maybe on TV in episodes of Incorporated, Odd Mom Out, Smash, Pan Am, Louie, Two Broke Girls, Royal Pains, Joan of Arcadia,Law & Order (several times), Seinfeld, and Cinderella with Whitney Houston and Brandy.
I've been following Veanne's career since 1987 so I I've been watching this enormous stage talent for thirty years now. I even had the occasion to work with her once back in 1990 at Paper Mill Playhouse on Steel Magnolias. Veanne is what is known as an all-around performer. She can do all musicals, comedy, serious drama, and more, and do it all brilliantly.
Do yourself a huge favor and get a ticket to The School for Lies at STC and see why Veanne Cox will have you "Sing Happy" as you leave the theatre. She has a wonderful company to work with that includes Tom Story, Michael Glenn, and Dorea Schmidt and is directed by STC's Artistic Director Michael Kahn. Do you really need any other reasons to go?
How did you get interested in theatre and where did you receive your training?
Can you please tell us a little something about The School for Lies and the character you play in the show?
You were part of a television adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella which featured Whitney Houston. Can you please talk a little bit about that experience? What was it like putting it together and how did the pop stars in the cast work with the theatre types?
I know your work as a musical comedy performer going back to Flora the Red Menace at the Vineyard Theatre in NYC. You seem to be doing more plays than musicals these days. Is this a conscious decision and if the opportunity arose, would you consider performing in another musical?
What is next for you after The School for Lies concludes its run?
Special thanks to Shakespeare Theatre Company's publicist Amy Hughes for her assistance in coordinating this interview.