By Jeffrey Epstein
Have you always wanted to be a big Broadway diva?
Yeah. Basically. [Laughs] It�s definitely a dream come true. When people say �Was SNL your dream?� Well, it was at a certain point. But it wasn�t something I lay in bed when I was a kid thinking about. I wanted to be Annie.
You�ve played Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, Mrs. Peachum in Threepenny Opera, Columbia in Rocky Horror, and now Elphaba. Is there another role you�d love to play?
I would love to do Fanny Brice in a New York production. It�s absolutely a dream. I don�t know how to get the rights or to get someone to do it. I need to find a wealthy gay patron! It�s something I can really relate to. And of course I�d like to originate something. Because Idina originated the role in Wicked before me, it�s still her part: her phrasing, her blocking. There are times when that can feel, frankly, like a big pain in the ass because you�re a bit shoehorned. But that�s the nature of replacing. The nice thing about doing Wicked in New York is that I�m starting to meet new songwriters and have been getting some calls for workshops, and that�s really where it all begins.
It�s rare that someone goes from Saturday Night Live to, say, musical theater. Did people question your decision?
I didn�t really ask. I am with a manager who really gets multifaceted performers. Frankly a lot of other people would have said, �You�re crazy, you have to stay in TV.� I did a pilot. I did Reefer. But I definitely have someone in my life professionally who understands the value of what it means. He encouraged me to write my one-woman show, Let It Rip. I have this act and this real goal in mind to create a life of Broadway shows and concerts. The truth of it is, at the end of the day, I am happier when I�m singing. My therapist told me there�s a study that says people who sing every day are happier. I wasn�t going to do Wicked on Broadway. I was done with Wicked. But when it came back up�and I had to start just one week after Threepenny closed�I like the feeling of using my voice every day� It�s a unique way to express yourself. If I had gone the other route�to say no theater ever and gone out to LA, I would go crazy. I�m not the type of actor who wants to sit around auditioning every day and doing deals. In New York you�re always doing a workshop or a benefit. You can put your anxiety on hold because you�re working. It�s not the most lucrative route or the fanciest. It�s the most fulfilling. At least for me.
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