Posts Tagged ‘“All Shook Up”’

AveQNWS_Rosegg4-OB693Anika Larsen has a gift, besides her acting, that she bestows upon theatre audiences nightly…her  supreme voice. She has a way to hit all the right notes and when needed belt them out of this world. Most recently Anika wrote and performed in “Shafrika, The White Girl,” an autobiographical musical about growing up with nine siblings of different races. Anika’s other theatrical credits include Broadway’s “Xanadu,” “All Shook Up,” “Rent,” and Off-Broadway’s “Zanna, Don’t!” She holds a B.A. in Theatre from Yale and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity. Anika is also the Co-founder of Jaradoa Theater, which serves the community through performance-based outreach. Visit them at www.jaradoatheater.org. Currently, Anika can been seen in the Tony Award Winning Musical “Avenue Q” at The New World Stages as “Kate Monster/Lucy.”

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My 9 brothers and sisters inspired me to be a performer, because I figured out early on that singing loud was the best way for me to get attention in my house.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I don’t know. I probably should, but I think deciding where your high and low are can psych you out. If you’re too aware that you’re singing near your limits, your mind might decide you can’t sing a note your voice actually can. I just sing what they tell me to sing.

3. What is the best advice you’ve given someone, but not taken for yourself? Choose your personal life (your family, your friends, your happiness) over your career. I’m trying to do that more, but historically I’ve been bad at it. I’ll bet a lot of us in this biz are.

4. Out of all the people you’ve worked with, who did you learn the most from? My first Equity gig was Rent in L.A., and that cast taught me a tremendous amount about the logistics of the theater business, and about the kind of professional I want to be.

5. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? My friend Catherine Brunell is hugely talented, but also one of the most genuine, generous, delightful people I know in this business. She’s in Mary Poppins now. We met when we were doing different musicals up at the Goodspeed, and we bonded watching Red Sox games after our respective shows. We’ve been great friends ever since, but we’ve never actually worked together–I wanna do a show with her!

6. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? I don’t drink coffee, and I try to avoid big chains. If I was meeting someone for “coffee”, I’d get green tea at an independent coffee spot like The Coffee Pot. (Hey, that rhymed at the end!)

7. Favorite skin care product? I love my Cover Girl CG Smoother Tinted Moisturizer. It’s lotion with foundation in it, and it’s cheap.

8. Favorite play/musical? Asking for one favorite is kind of a ridiculous thing to do. But I’ve seen In the Heights seven times. I’ve never seen a show seven times. So that must mean something.

9. Favorite website? www.jaradoatheater.org

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman. Better theme song.

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Alix KoreyI had the pleasure of sitting down with the always funny and insightful Alix Korey after seeing her in “Inventing Avi” at the Abingdon Theatre. It was a real joy to talk with not only a great comedic actress and powerful singer, but a genuine, passionate, and down to earth woman. On Broadway she has been seen in “All Shook Up,” Neil Simon’s “45 Seconds from Broadway,” “Triumph of Love,” “Ain’t Broadway Grand,” and “Pirates of Penzance.” She has also delighted audiences Off-Broadway in “The Wild Party,” “No Way To Treat A Lady,” and “Suburb.” She has released two award-winning solo albums and has been in numerous films and prime-time TV shows. For more on Alix Korey, visit: http://www.alixkorey.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My mother. She was a frustrated opera singer and I was always taken to the opera/theatre from a young age. I don’t remember not being in theatre. I’ve always loved watching performances, especially Eddie Hodges in “The Music Man.” Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, and Karen Marrow also inspired me. I got to work with Karen in 1981 and I called her after “All Shook Up” ended and I said to her, “How many flops have you had?” She said, “Six.”  I said, “I just beat you with my seventh. I’m leaving NY and moving out to L.A.”

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? In my act “Glitter & Be Gay” I can hit the D and the E I can scream it on key, just not sing it, so I guess you could say an ugly E flat. The lowest note I can sing is below G or below middle C and I have to record those mid-morning, that’s the best time for my lowest notes.

3. Out of all the people you have worked with, who did you learn the most from? I learned about acting and teaching acting from my mentor Aaron Frankel. I’m an unabashed thief. When I did “Pirates of Penzance” with Kevin Kline, I learned about total commitment to something. I never got to work with her, but I love Maggie Smith, watching everything she does, I learned lessons in timing and about the tragedy of comedy. Working with Marian Seldes in “45 Seconds From Broadway” taught me about a total love of theatre. She loves theatre so much that every night when she was not on stage, she’d either be stage right or left listening to the show, whereas most actors when they are not on stage are in their dressing room waiting to go back on, but she loves theatre so much. She’s a very genuine and warm person. I’ve learned to respect actors a lot and how to function in this business. Actors are some of the most giving people out there.

4. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Denis O’Hare. He is brilliant. I got to meet him once and I was completely tongue tied. He is one of those actors that if he read a menu, I would go watch.

5. What is the best advice you’ve given someone, but not taken for yourself? Trust your instincts of what you need and want because everyone has advice for you and most of it applies to themselves and not you. That is one of the things I love about teaching – nurturing confidence back into young people who have been told “no” so many times and teaching them that there is no one answer or path to take. If you don’t trust yourself you will make the wrong choices.

6. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I’m a great Bridge player and crossword puzzler. My chiropractor taught me how to crack backs.

7. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Oscar Wilde. I could read his stuff and quotes forever. He’s always one of my three people I choose if I could have anyone over for dinner.

8. Favorite play/musical? Favorite that I’ve done is “Funny Girl” because it’s a fantastic book, wonderful journey, and good songs. Favorite that I’ve seen (and would love to do) is “110 in the Shade.”

9. Favorite way to spend your day off? Playing bridge, watching taped TV shows, being with my husband and dog.

10. Who do you consider to be your hero? My dad. He just passed away on August 26, 2009. He was an extraordinary man, with the best laugh. There was a joke I just heard that he would have loved. He would have loved seeing “Inventing Avi.”

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Mark Price PerformingMark Price lights up Broadway with his brilliant comedic timing. From “Riff Raff” in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, to “Pepper” in “Mamma Mia” to a “Cadet” in “Wonderful Town” to  “Denis” in “All Shook Up”, Mark leaves the audience in stitches and always wanting more. Currently Mark can be seen tearing up the stage and house as “Robertson Ay” in “Mary Poppins” at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York City.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Drama teacher in Junior High who introduced me to speech and drama competitions and my high school teacher who was a mentor of mine.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Oh lord….depends on the day, but on a good one, I can sing up to a c….not sure about the low part.

3. What’s your most embarrassing audition? Pick one…one that I’ve fallen in, one that I could barely sing, or just a handful of bad choices. Go large or go home, I say.

4. If you couldn’t do what you are doing now, what career would you choose? I ask myself that daily….

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? No….wish I had the gay decorating gene.

6. Favorite kind of sundae (ice cream flavor and topping)? Coffee Ice cream, or just plain vanilla with a little chocolate on top.

7. Books or Magazines? Right now, I’m reading the Screwed Up Life of Charlie The Second, and Carrie Fisher’s new book. Magazines? O.K., I’ll admit, a subscription to Metropolitan Home (what?)

8. Animal Crackers or Oreos? Monkeys and Tigers loop de loop

9. Favorite ride at an amusement park? Tie between the Yeti Monster ride at Animal Kingdom Disney, or Tower of Terror….I’m a sucker for any rollercoaster, but no teacup ride, I’ll puke.

10. What skin care products do you use? Monkey Placenta…..just kidding, Khiel’s

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