Harry Shearer Talks West End Debut In DAYTONA, Plus THE SIMPSONS & More

Harry Shearer Talks West End Debut In DAYTONA, Plus THE SIMPSONS & More

Harry Shearer Talks West End Debut In DAYTONA, Plus THE SIMPSONS & MorePopular The Simpsons star and recognizable screen performer Harry Shearer makes his West End debut in the play DAYTONA this month and the versatile actor discusses his role as part of a new interview.

Recounting how he became involved with DAYTONA, Shearer says, "I've been coming to London for years, I've always loved hanging here. A couple of years ago, through my wife, I met Maureen Lipman and we became friends. Then I got sent the Daytona script with a note saying that Maureen had suggested me to play her husband. I read the script and it was brilliant, so I thought, 'Thank you Maureen,' and, 'Yes, please'."

Commenting on the West End in general. Shearer relates, "It's both exciting and scary. But I've been on some frightening stages before: the Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall... Daunting places that get the butterflies going. So I'll survive this, one way or another."

Additionally, reflecting on his many decades with THE SIMPSONS, Shearer recounts, "After 27 years, it's third nature. Doing voices is like singing and remembering songs. My wife's just been touring with a brilliant young Portuguese percussionist who's in Ronnie Scott's house band here. He likes basketball, so we played - I beat the crap out of him, by the way - and the thought occurred to me: 'I've been doing The Simpsons longer than this guy's been on the Earth.'"

Check out the original article on the matter here.


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