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posted Friday, November 26, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 48
Seattle favorite Anne Allgood sings with holiday cheer in A Christmas Story
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Seattle favorite Anne Allgood sings with holiday cheer in A Christmas Story

by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN Contributing Writer

A Christmas Story: The Musical! 5th Avenue Theatre November 26 - December 30

Anne Allgood is a familiar face to the Seattle theater scene. Even before moving to the Pacific Northwest, Ms. Allgood had graced the Seattle stage in national touring companies. Last seen at the 5th Avenue Theatre's highly acclaimed production of Candide, Ms. Allgood stole every scene she was in as The Old Woman, the lady with one buttock. The Seattle Gay News interviewed this talented and versatile actress, currently appearing as Mother in the premier production of A Christmas Story: The Musical!

Eric Andrews-Katz: What was it that got you interested in musical theater?

Anne Allgood: I come from a musical family. My grandmother was the church organist in her town and taught piano, so piano lessons were a given in my family. I first sang in church when I was 4. I did a play in the 7th grade (not a musical), but I was always a show-off kind of kid and made my neighbors friends dress up and perform.

Andrews-Katz: After performing several times on Broadway, how did you end up in Seattle?

Allgood: Usually I need a couple of hours and a bottle of wine for that story! I wanted a better quality of life. I wanted personal balance. I was getting known as a really good understudy in New York, and never got to audition for non-musical roles. That was frustrating. I was really attracted to the Seattle theater vibe. I had been on tour with a show at the Civic Opera and I thought, "I could live here."

Andrews-Katz: What was your first production with the 5th Avenue Theatre?

Allgood: The first thing I did was Beauty and the Beast on tour. I was living in New York and it was during the big musicians' strike. Since we didn't do shows for a week or two, we just hung out. I ended up spending three months here and I got to know the city better.

Andrews-Katz: How did you develop your character, The Old Woman, from Candide?

Allgood: She was fun! I had done a production of Candide before, and was in the chorus. The thing I figured out was that nothing ever surprised her. She'd seen it all, and so if something shocking happened, she'd be like, "Oh, great." I wanted to use an accent that was Slavic and give an Old World European feel. David Armstrong suggested a Yiddish accent because of her Old World sense. It basically became a Polish/Jewish accent with a touch of Norwegian. She embraces the absurdity, joys, and tragedies of life, and the rich banquet it offers.

Andrews-Katz: You've performed in a wide range of musicals from Candide and Sunday in the Park with George to Urinetown. Do you prefer the classical musicals or the more modern?

Allgood: I don't want to paint with a broad brush, but just because of where I am with my training, I tend to prefer the classical musical in general (and this is a sweeping generalization). Composers before the era of electronic music tended to write more for singers that don't need microphones. I like using my body as an instrument, but the more modern shows are written for mics. Some of the modern musicals are really funny, though. I loved doing Urinetown.

Andrews-Katz: When was the first time you saw the movie A Christmas Story?

Allgood: I didn't see it until I was an adult. I was on tour with Beauty and the Beast [in 1996] and I met my family for a skiing trip. We got snowed in and were stuck in a hotel in Reno. They were playing A Christmas Story marathon, so we got to watch it.

Andrews-Katz: When you heard the film was being made into a musical, what was your reaction?

Allgood: I thought, 'What a fantastic idea! Why haven't they done it before!' Then I heard the music and thought, "Oh my gosh! This is fantastic!" It was a great match - the music and songs are really a wonderful pastiche of the '40s, and yet they have this modern synchronization, a jazzy, splashy part that gives it a contemporary sound.

Andrews-Katz: What is your favorite part about playing Mother in A Christmas Story?

Allgood: That's a hard one, too. I love the family. I love the fact that John Bolton is my husband (I have a showbiz crush). I love that the mother just never stops trying to have some calm in her home and her life. On one hand she is the calm heart of the home, and on the other hand she's as wacky as the rest. They holler and don't listen well, but they love each other.

Andrews-Katz: What is it about A Christmas Story that you think the audience will connect with the most?

Allgood: The appeal of the story is not that it's from the past, but that we are reliving and watching it now. All the characters in the play are freaking out that it's going to be Christmastime. They are counting down the minutes and everyone is thinking, "How am I going to get everything done?" and being panicky. But they love Christmastime with all the wrapping, and cookies, and all the aspects. I think the audience will have a blast with seeing something that most of them have seen, but in a different form. It's not like the movie; it's something different.

Before settling in Seattle, Ms. Allgood lived and performed in New York. Her Broadway career includes The Most Happy Fella (1992) and Carousel (1994). She's performed with Audra McDonald and Michael Berresse, among other Tony Award-winners. Her performances in Seattle include The Women, Das Barbec├╝, and Candide, among many other fine performances.

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