BWW Interview: Boggess, Glover, Harris, Howard & Zien Reveal Favorite Parts of IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU
Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Broadway World have partnered for a filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. Broadway World's Richard Ridge of "Backstage with Richard Ridge!" sat down with It Shoulda Been You cast members Sierra Boggess, David Burtka, Montego Glover, Harriet Harris, Lisa Howard and Chip Zien.
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Lisa Howard: I'll start! I love the journey that we take the audience on. At first I think they don't know what to expect, and then they take a really great ride with us and we can hear them audibly expressing their joy at the journey. That's my favorite part.
Chip Zien: Can I go? I've been in like 78 Broadway shows, and like, or 90, and never in my life have I heard the laughs that we get. Like, Harriet [Harris] says something and its like an atomic bomb has gone off in the theater. It's so - the audience responds to us like surfing on a wave of love. I don't' know, it's fantastic!
Montego Glover: I would say the company. I really love this group of actors. Everyone is so skilled and so crafted and s genuinely collaborative and funny and great to work with. It's really a joy to be at work everyday.
Sierra Boggess: That's 100% what I was gonna say! Except, not so eloquently. I just unhealthily love everybody in the theater! Thank you so much.
Harriet Harris: And I was going to say the same thing too, but also I like putting on false eyelashes! [Laughs] I don't know, the company or false eyelashes.
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HARRIET HARRIS (Georgette Howard). Broadway: Madame, the wicked step-mother, in Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, Present Laughter, Cry-Baby: The Musical, Old Acquaintance, Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Featured Actress in a Musical) and The Man Who Came to Dinner. Encores!: Little Me. Off-Broadway: Standing on Ceremony; Yeast Nation; Jeffrey (Drama Desk nomination), Bella, Belle of Byelorussia (Drama Desk nomination). Film: Love Is Strange, Memento, Nurse Betty, Addams Family Values. TV: "Desperate Housewives" as Felicia Tilman, "Frasier" as Bebe Glazer. Member of the Acting Company, AEA. www.HarrietHarrisActress.com. Twitter: @msharrietharris
LISA HOWARD (Jenny Steinberg) is thrilled to have originated her role of Jenny Steinberg in the George Street production,and to now bring it to Broadway. Broadway: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, 9 to 5, South Pacific, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Drama Desk Award winner). National tour: LES MISERABLES. Regional theatre: Pitt Civic Light Opera, St. Louis Muny, Olney Theatre Center, Kansas City Starlight. Film and TV: Siobahn in the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, "Ugly Betty." Her debut solo CD, Songs of Innocence and Experience, is available on iTunes. Graduate, CCM. Thanks to my boys M, L and A. www.lisahowardnyc.com Twitter: @lisahowardnyc
SIERRA BOGGESS (Rebecca Steinberg). Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera, Master Class, The Little Mermaid (Drama Desk and Drama League noms.). London: LES MISERABLES, The Phantom of the Opera (Royal Albert Hall), Love Never Dies (Olivier Award nom.). Other NY credits: Guys and Dolls (Carnegie Hall); Love, Loss, and What I Wore; and Music in the Air (Encores!). Recordings include the 25th anniversary concert of The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, The Little Mermaid and A Little Princess. Concert appearances include the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center's American Songbook, New York Pops and 54 Below, which resulted in her album Awakening: Live at 54 Below.
DAVID BURTKA (Brian Howard) . Broadway: Gypsy (Fred Astaire nomination); The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? Off-Broadway: The Play About the Baby (Clarence Derwent Award), Beautiful Thing. Regional: The Opposite of Sex (Williamstown), Rent (Hollywood Bowl), Children of Eden (Paper Mill Playhouse). Film: Dance-Off, Annie and the Gypsy, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, 24 Nights, Hollywood Ending. TV: "American Horror Story: Freak Show," "How I Met Your Mother," "Crossing Jordan," "CSI: NY," "On the Lot," "The West Wing," "Neil's Puppet Dreams." Education: University of Michigan, William Esper Studios, Le Corden Bleu. Thank you Neil, Harper and Gideon.
MONTEGO GLOVER (Annie Shepard). Tony and Drama League Award nominee, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award winner for Memphis (Felicia Farrell). Broadway: The Color Purple. Regional includes The Royale (San Diego Critics nom.), Aida (IRNE Award), Once on This Island (Helen Hayes nom.). TV: "The Following," "Black Box," "Hostages," "Smash," "The Good Wife," among others. Concerts: NY Pops, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Philadelphia Symphony, Atlanta Symphony. Artists' Committee for Kennedy Center Honors, NY Pops Ambassador.www.MontegoGlover.com Twitter @MontegoGlover
CHIP ZIEN (Murray Steinberg) created the roles of the Baker in Sondheim/Lapine's acclaimed Into the Woods and Mendel in Finn/Lapine's award-winning Falsettos. Other (partial) Broadway: The Big Knife, The People in the Picture, The Country Girl, Thénardier in LES MISERABLES, Grand Hotel. (Partial) Off-Broadway: Hot L Baltimore, Isn't It Romantic, A New Brain. Mr. Zien starred in the La Jolla reworking of Merrily We Roll Along. TV (regular): "The Caroline Rhea Show," "Almost Perfect," "Now and Again," "Deadline," "Shell Game," "Love, Sidney" and the recently completed "Crime" for HBO. Book writer: The History of War (NYMF), The Little Immigrant (Barrington Stage).