Pegasus News Wire Theater Spotlight of the Week: Judy Kaye

Written by DSM Columnists on Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 12:00 AM

12/13/2007
Pegasus News Wire
Theater Spotlight of the Week: Judy Kaye
By Shawn Parikh
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The live touring production of Sweeney Todd could not come at a better time with the hype surrounding the Tim Burton/Johnny Depp film releasing on Christmas. Dallas Summer Musicals' Broadway Contemporary Series is bringing the musical to the Majestic Theatre from January 15-20 with Judy Kaye as Mrs. Lovett and David Hess as Sweeney Todd.

Judy Kaye has won a Tony Award for her role as Carlotta Giudicelli in The Phantom of the Opera, and was nominated as Best Featured Actress in Mamma Mia!. I start off the interview by asking her how she got her start in musical theatre, and how she decided this is what she would do for the rest of her life.

Since she has played Mrs. Lovett five times, I ask her what her attraction to the role is and how she manages to keep it fresh for every performance. Also, I ask her about her views on the movie version and what the audience can expect out of the live production.

I ask her whether she prefers touring over a one-venue production. We end by talking about her dream role(s) and whether she has been able to play them.

Tickets to Sweeney Todd can be purchased online or by calling 214-217-1536.

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