Sunday, Dec 16, 2018
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 37 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
 
 
 

 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
Back to Section One | Back to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, October 28, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 43
SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Carolee Carmello, Saving Aimee star
Arts & Entertainment
ALL STORIES
  next story
SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Carolee Carmello, Saving Aimee star

by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN A&E Writer

Carolee Carmello likes to take chances, and those she has made in her musical theater career have so far paid off. Her first Broadway show was the acclaimed City of Angels, where she met her future husband, Gregg Edelman. She has appeared in Parade, the true story of a white Northerner being wrongly lynched in the South; Falsettos, the story of a man leaving his wife for his homosexual love; Lestat, the vampire musical based on Anne Rice's bestseller; and most recently the new musical, The Addams Family. It was a musical based on an evangelist brought down by scandal in Saving Aimee that allowed this great talent to make her debut performances in the Emerald City.

Eric Andrews-Katz: What was your earliest musical influence?

Carolee Carmello: According to my parents, when I was a year old, I was known to gather a crowd at my grandmother's house and sing 'Hello Dolly.' So, I'll have to say given that, it's going to have to be Carol Channing.

Andrews-Katz: You've appeared on Another World and As the World Turns. Do you find daytime television or Broadway to be more of a challenge?

Carmello: Broadway! I've only done small things on daytime TV, and they were at most occurring once a week or something, so the schedule is much easier than when I'm doing Broadway eight times a week. If I were a contract player doing 15 hours a day, I might have a different answer, but Broadway is more work, and more of a payoff.

Andrews-Katz: Do you find it easier or more difficult to be married to another Broadway actor?

Carmello: Easier, because I think that we understand the struggles that are inherent in this business. I think that it would be quite a challenge to be involved with someone not in the business at all and didn't get what I do every day.

Andrews-Katz: You were nominated for a Tony for your role as Lucille Frank in Parade. What was your reaction when you were cast in a musical about the true story of a lynching?

Carmello: I didn't really know the story when I got involved. I didn't have a reaction at first glance, because all I knew was that Hal Prince was directing this new musical, and Jason Robert Brown was writing the score, and they wanted me to audition. I didn't know anything about the piece, the story, or the score, I just wanted to work with Hal and anything he asked of me, I'd try. Afterward, I read the history and figured it was as fascinating a story as I'd ever read. It was controversial, dramatic, and emotional; there was so much you could sink your teeth into as an actress.

Andrews-Katz: You've been with Saving Aimee from its workshop beginnings in 2005. What draws you to this piece?

Carmello: I didn't know anything about her until I got involved with the show and did research. She was such a pioneer, an ambitious, passionate woman that I knew I would have a lot to play with. The fact that she died of a drug overdose and was involved with all these men, and yet her 'day job' was preaching is such a dichotomy. I was drawn to the character before I knew anything about the piece.

Andrews-Katz: What changes have been made from 2005 to the current presentation?

Carmello: It's hard to remember what the first version was like now. The biggest change happened before I got involved. The role I'm playing was split into young Aimee and old Aimee. I was working with a guy doing a reading. He told me the story and I asked 'Who is playing my part?' I got introduced to Kathie Lee and after a series of meetings/interviews, I asked if they would consider just one actress. They agreed to try it for one reading and it stayed. So I can't complain about all the work I have, I did it to myself.

Andrews-Katz: You've worked with a lot of the up-and-coming Broadway musical composers/writers. Tell me a little something about each of their styles while working with them: Andrew Lippa [The Addams Family]


Carmello: He is what I think of as a good old-fashioned musical theater writer. He has a classical musical style. Jason Robert Brown [Parade]


Carmello: The word that comes to mind is 'genius.' His mind works like none other musical mind I know. & I think his is a voice that is unique and cutting-edge, and I look forward to hearing the next thing he writes. Sir Elton John [Lestat]


Carmello: I don't know what to say about his style except that it's classic pop that translates to theater, and I think he has bridged that better than most. He has an ability to write an incredible tune and book, and that's not something everybody has. Michael LaChiusa [The Wild Party]


Carmello: He also has a very unique sound that I think is hard for people to hook into. It's hard music to learn. Once I learned his stuff, I was able to understand where his ear was going a little bit more. He's very talented and very smart. I think he is drawn to very unusual material. I enjoy working with his challenges. William Finn [Falsettos]


Carmello: He's quite a character. Elegies are such a great score. I did a reading of his Little Miss Sunshine, which they are trying to bring to Broadway. He has the unique ability to be very funny and very touching all in the same turn-of-phrase; his is an amazing talent, and he's one of my favorite lyricists. Kathie Lee Gifford [Saving Aimee]


Carmello: I think Kathie Lee is underappreciated as far as her lyrical ability. I think she's really got a gift of putting words to music. She wants to be good. She wants to learn and wants to get better. She loves it so much. It's refreshing to work with someone in this business that's not jaded.

Andrews-Katz: Regardless of written gender, what musical theater roles would you love to play and why?

Carmello: I've always wanted to play John Adams in 1776. If they ever do an all-girls version, I'd love to do it. I think his single-mindedness and his kind of bristly personality are why you love and hate him all the time. I find him a fascinating character. I love doing roles based on real people.

Carolee Carmello has been nominated for two Tony Awards (Parade and Lestat) and three Drama Desk Awards. She won the 1999 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her compassionate portrayal of Lucille Frank in Parade.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

Robyn, kinetic star at City Arts Fest
------------------------------
SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Joan Rivers, the ultimate comedienne
------------------------------
Lily Armani invites fans to Show & Tell
------------------------------
SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Carolee Carmello, Saving Aimee star
------------------------------
High-energy Saving Aimee expects sellouts for final shows
------------------------------
A Dyke About Town: Jazz Crusaders, wonderful mellow jazz
------------------------------
Journey and Foreigner rekindle memories for thousands
------------------------------
Portishead resurfaces with stirring performance
------------------------------

------------------------------
Rick Santorum: Apologize To Gay Soldiers!
------------------------------
Morgan McMichaels dishes on RuPaul fame and hot Halloween party
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Q-Scopes by Jack Fertig
------------------------------

------------------------------
The End, The Mountain announce exciting holiday show lineups
------------------------------
Northwest News
------------------------------
Letters
------------------------------
A darker Dream at Seattle Shakespeare
------------------------------
Canticum Canticorum as dazzling as it is ravishing
------------------------------
Lord of the Rings' great sound overshadows onscreen action
------------------------------
Carolee Carmello is what's Saving Aimee
------------------------------
Young pianist and an improved Carmen
------------------------------
Concert opinions test limits of friendship
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml

Seattle Gay News - SGN
1605 12 Ave., Ste. 31
Seattle, WA 98122

Phone 206-324-4297
Fax 206-322-7188

email: sgn2@sgn.org
website suggestions: web@sgn.org

copyright Seattle Gay News - DigitalTeamWorks 2011

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News