Donna Lynne Champlin, Drama Desk and OBIE Award winner, has had a long and successful career as an actor – from “Working: A Musical,” “The Dark At The Top of the Stairs,” “The Dead,” “By Jeeves,” “Hollywood Arms,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Almost Maine” and more. She is about to make her directorial debut at NYMF with “ValueVille” – a place where nothing is as it seems.
Theater Pizzazz’ Sandi Durell got together with DL (as she is referenced by her friends) for a heart to heart to find out more about how she became involved in the New York Musical Theatre Festival’s (NYMF) “ValueVille” (book, music, lyrics by Rowen Casey) production, the trials and tribulations of taking on this project (which she loved from the get go), bringing her friend choreographer Jeffry Denman aboard and casting the show. Surprises and revelations on all fronts. And . . . on being a Mom and how it changed her perceptions on life and as an actor.
It’s all in the video interview!
The cast is comprised of: NaTasha Yvette Williams (A Night With Janis Joplin, Porgy and Bess, The Color Purple), Patti Allison (Orpheus Descening on Broadway), Christopher Sutton (Golf:The Musical), with an ensemble cast David Spadora, Emily Koch, Lara Hughes, Josef Co, Stephanie Fittro and Willie Dee.
The show is musically directed by Ryan Cantwell, with scenic design by Patrick Rizzotti, lighting design by Cory Patak, costume design by Caitlin Conci and stage managed by Rebecca McBee, with Lisa Dozier as general manager.
The press release description of the show reads: “ValueVille is no ordinary place of business and Eddie is about to find out just how different his new place of business is. When he awakes on his first scheduled nightshift, Eddie is desperate for answers as to why Corporate has sent him. Slowly he begins to learn the truth about his past through a series of run-ins with his guarded former flame, the sudden appearance of his flighty grandmother, and his utterly monstrous co-workers.”
www.ValueVilleMusical.com Tickets: 212 352-3101 – Runs: July 7, 10, 11, 12, 13 (check exact times)