Aunt Eller has no time for your nonsense. Who are you playing? All Right Reserved. Meet the Tony Nominees: Mary Testa of ‘Oklahoma!’, Listen Up: Sounds of Broadway Plays Musical Theater 24/7, Broadway’s First Soap Opera: ‘As the Curtain Rises’, Coming Soon: ‘If the Fates Allow: A Hadestown Holiday Album’, Poolside Antics: ‘Bright Colors and Bold Patterns’, Defying Sanity? © 2020 Artists and Beyond, Inc. All rights reserved. like we've never seen it, and Testa thinks its right up her alley. Testa has also appeared as Angel Antonelli in The Rink, Rita La Porta in Lucky Stiff, Domina in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Fanny Brice in Ziegfeld Follies of 1936, Dorine in Tartuffe, various roles in String of Pearls, and Love, Loss, and What I Wore. The audience is very much a part of that. That sound, with banjo and accordion, and steel guitar, which has become my favorite thing in the world to hear, works perfectly with this. Even though I've done my fair share of hand-on-your-hip/hand-on-your-leg musical theater, I'm much more into the artistic, left-of-center realm of musical theater. The most important thing about this production is the idea of community, and that everyone shares the experience. It would make a beautiful eleven-o'clock number, and then they could sing "Oklahoma!," and then everybody could have gone home. [It's] very comfortable, although I get impatient. A&B connects you to your favorite artists. I like a different experience. Everybody…A lot of people, not everybody, look at me to do comic stuff, and I love the dramatic. It's really wonderful. That's where I love to be.

You've got another LaChiusa show coming up soon, First Daughter Suite, at the Public Theater. I've worked on it a few times, and I couldn't do it last summer when they went up to Martha's Vineyard [to workshop it]. Interviews Mary Testa on the Dramatic Aspects of Musical Theater in Oklahoma! Testa made her film debut in Going in Style, and has appeared in numerous movie and television roles since, including Sophia in the sitcom Whoopi, Zia Maria Luisa in the film Big Stone Gap, and Sister Clare in the film adaption Tony n' Tina's Wedding. I got a call from New York Theatre Workshop that [director] Daniel [Fish] wanted me to do a workshop that we did several months ago, where we just sat around a table for a week and read it. Testa was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her roles in On the Town and 42nd Street. It really goes hand in hand. Can you describe the aesthetic of this Oklahoma!? So that's where I hang my hat, in that land. And in the latter half of 2015, she'll have two great opportunities to do so. So this Oklahoma! They wouldn't let me out of Wicked, and I thought Darn it, now I'm not gonna get to do it, but Michael John is a very loyal person, so…. They wanted to do it so minimally, without a chorus, in a more honest and simple kind of way. And Aunt Eller is a great part, though she doesn't sing much, like the other matriarchal women in the Rodgers and Hammerstein canon.

How did you come to be involved with this production? I'm not sure how all that's going to come together, but that's the basis for this Oklahoma! Sad to say, I didn't even really know the show. But first is Daniel Fish's radically-scaled-down revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!

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