Welcome to THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As With Your Favorite Broadway Stars. Want to know what hooked them to a career in the theater? Their dream roles? Their Broadway crushes? Read on!
In this next edition, we caught up with Anne L. Nathan, who will soon star in ONCE when it begins previews new week, February 28 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.
What is the first Broadway show you ever saw?
Fiddler On the Roof. I was 5 years old. Apparently I was smitten.
What is your most unique pre-show ritual?
In Once I play the accordion. I always practice this one Czech song from the show "Ej pada pada ," with my cast mate Lucas Papaelias. If I forget to do it, mayhem ensues and I've been known to crash and burn.
What is your most memorable "the show must go on" moment?
When I was in Ragtime, the late, great Tommy Hollis got sick while standing high above the stage on this protruding fire escape during the opening number. He had to make a choice to projectile vomit on either the audience or the cast. He chose us. Lets just say that the wardrobe department had their work cut out for them that night, but the show went on.
What is the one role you want to play before you die?
My passion is definitely working on new projects and creating a role from the ground up. However, I did play Mama Rose when I was 15 (thank you, Camp Frenchwoods) and I would love to do it again..... at an appropriate age.
Who is your Broadway crush?
I have two Broadway crushes. Alan Rickman: every single thing about him and Frank Wood: I still haven't recovered from Side Man.
Where can people stalk you on the web (twitter/fb etc.)?
Only FB. There are only so many hours in the day and Twitter would be the death of me. But if you don't already watch it, check out "Submissions Only."