STAGE VIEWS: Mamma Mia! Star Lauren Cohn
By Andrew Gans
September 14, 2013
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 Lauren Cohn, who plays Rosie in the hit musical Mamma Mia! at the Winter Garden Theatre.
What show recently impressed you?
Pippin!!! I saw it in April, and it's now a forever memory. Indelible. Took my parents and I will never forget my mom leaning over to me 30 seconds in and whispering, "I love it already!" What an extraordinary piece of entertainment!! Dropped jaw. Spontaneous tears. Mid-show standing ovation? Who could ask for anything more?!
What production are you most excited to see?
I have too many on my list! I used to be the girl who saw everything on and Off Broadway, but sadly have seen so little this past year. Looking forward to Matilda… Kinky Boots...but I am practically holding my breath in anticipation of Big Fish.
What play/musical would you most like to revive on Broadway, and which role would you want to play?
Truth be told, when I fantasize about what I'd love to do next, I always picture originating a role in a new piece. Ah, the possibilities: A Durang play? The long promised Betty Boop musical? A George C. Wolfe-directed one-woman show (call me George...I have an idea). But to actually answer this question, when the time for a Broadway revival of The Drowsy Chaperone comes around, I call dibs on the titular role, please!
What are your current/upcoming projects?
Happily shaking my Spandex-clad tush in Mamma Mia! eight shows a week. And we are about to embark on a new ABBAdventure...saying farewell to the Winter Garden, packing up our platform boots, and moving to the Broadhurst beginning November 2nd. We are going back into rehearsal for some re-shaping, re-blocking, and re-teching to accommodate the more intimate space. I think it will be a very exciting and galvanizing time for the cast. Just sad to leave so many of our wonderful crew guys behind...