STAGE VIEWS: Happy Hunting, Nutty Professor and Cabaret Star Klea Blackhurst
By Andrew Gans
Playbill.com's series features actors commenting on their recent theatregoing experiences, what productions they're looking forward to and more. Here, via email, we hear from singing actress Klea Blackhurst, who will be seen in the York Theatre Company's upcoming Musicals in Mufti presentation of the Ethel Merman vehicle Happy Hunting.
What show recently impressed you?
And then there's Talley's Folly. Danny Burstein and Sarah Paulson tell a beautiful, exasperating love story and they never even change clothes. Not once! Come to think of it, Mr. Burstein never left the stage, and that evening was almost as magical as Cinderella.
What production are you most excited to see?
What play/musical would you most like to revive on Broadway, and which role would you want to play?
What are your current/upcoming projects?
As for the future, I have my fingers crossed for The Nutty Professor. I was part of the world premiere last summer in Nashville. Can you imagine Jerry Lewis as your boss? Go ahead. Try and imagine that. He's our director! Rupert Holmes and Marvin Hamlisch created a show with great heart. And the story really sings!! I think people will love hearing what Marvin was up to most recently. He and Rupert had a magical collaboration going. People need to hear Marvin's final score. I especially love his overture. I play Miss Lemon, and I love her. She is a classic Old-School-Second-Banana. It's exactly the kind of show I'd like to see on Broadway and exactly THE role I'd love to debut on Broadway. Maybe I could talk them into letting me quick change into a Gold Ball Gown right before your very eyes?! Then my life really would be perfect!
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